STEM

The McLean Area Branch has a special interest in encouraging young women and girls to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). See our STEM Resources page for ideas on STEM projects, events, camps, and more! For further information, contact us.

Some of our activities include:

We also participated in the 2019 “Women in STEM Celebration & Share-a-thon” sponsored by the AAUW Woodbridge Branch on June 1, 2019.

STEM Excellence Award

Abigail Xu, left, and Emily Sun, right, students at Langley High School, are shown in a photo taken from the video that they prepared for the 2020 Virtual Fairfax County Regional Science Fair.

Emily Sun and Abigail Xu, students at Langley High School, have been selected as the 2020 recipients of the Branch’s STEM Excellence Award. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding science fair project in the field of Engineering.

This year the students participated in a Virtual Science Fair by submitting three-minute videos for the judges to review. Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales and Judy Page, serving as judges for our branch, reviewed videos for 12 projects in order to determine the winning team. They were impressed by the work done by Emily and Abigail on the project, “Flashlight Powered by Heat of Human Hand,” including the video to describe the project. Abigail and Emily developed and tested a flashlight that uses Peltier tiles to transfer body heat from a hand into electrical energy. They expanded on earlier work to develop a flashlight that works in a large range of temperatures.

For the award, Emily and Award each received a Certificate of Merit and a check for $100. The students will also be invited to a branch program in the Fall.

In addition to receiving the AAUW STEM Excellence Award, Abigail and Emily were recognized at the Virtual Science Fair with a Certificate of Merit from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Northern VA Chapter (AFCEA), and an award from Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP for preparation, filing, and prosecution of a US Patent Application.

High School Achievement Awards in Math and Science

The McLean Area Branch has partnered with counselors at local High Schools for the last seven years to award Science and Math Achievement Awards to female students finishing their junior year. These awards, which are funded through our book sale proceeds, consist of a certificate and a check for $100 for each honoree. The branch instituted the awards to encourage young women to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Eleanor Richard with her AAUW Math Achievement Award Certificate.

Katie Cox, recipient of the 2020 AAUW Science Achievement Award at McLean HS.

The McLean High School recipients of the Achievement Awards for 2020 are as follows: Eleanor Richard, recipient of the 2020 McLean Area Branch Math Achievement Award, and Katie Cox, recipient of the 2020 McLean Area Branch Science Achievement Award. Because of Covid-19, no school ceremony could be held. Instead the students received their certificates and checks by mail.The students will be invited to a future branch event for recognition at a time when social gatherings make sense.

 

McLean High School Awards Ceremony held on April 30, 2019.

In 2019, Judy Page, left, STEM Chair, and Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales, far right, school liaison for McLean HS, presented the 2019 McLean Area Branch Math Achievement Award to Angela Feng, second from left, and the 2019 McLean Area Branch Science Achievement Award to Tiara Allard, second from right.

Fay Shuai received the 2020 Science Achievement Award at Langley HS.

Victoria Li received the 2020 Math Achievement Award at Langley HS.

Langley High School 2020 recipients of the awards are juniors Victoria Li, recipient of the branch’s Math Achievement Award, and Fay Shuai, recipient of the branch’s Science Achievement Award. The students received their certificates and checks by mail because of Covid-19.The students will be invited to a future branch event for recognition at a time when social gatherings make sense.

Two young women from George C. Marshall High School received the branch’s STEM awards in math and science for 2018 at a ceremony on May 24, 2018. Pictured from left are Sherry Joslin, 2018 AAUW McLean Area Branch contact with Marshall HS, Madeleine Kienzle, recipient of the Math Achievement Award; Gwyneth McNamara, recipient of the Science Achievement Award; and Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales, AAUW McLean Area Branch contact with McLean HS.