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:

 

STEM Excellence Award

Amna Imran, 2021 recipient of the branch’s STEM Excellence Award, is shown with her Certificate of Merit.

Amna Imran, a senior at George Marshall High School, has been selected as the 2021 recipient 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 project in the field of engineering entered in the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

This year the students participated in a Virtual Science Fair by submitting six-minute videos for the judges to review. Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales and Judy Page, serving as judges for our branch, reviewed videos for 11 projects in order to determine the winner. They were impressed by the work done by Amna on the project, “The Relationship Between External Temperature and the Useful Power Output of a Small Electric Motor Lifting a Constant Mass to a Constant Height,” including the video to describe the project. Amna was motivated to investigate this issue based on her experiences living in Pakistan until the age of 15. She plans to study bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh starting this fall.

For the award, Amna received a Certificate of Merit and a check for $100. In addition to receiving the AAUW STEM Excellence Award, Amna received five other awards for her project at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, including one from the DC chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

High School Achievement Awards in Math and Science

The McLean Area Branch has partnered with counselors at local High Schools for the last eight years to award STEM Achievement Awards to female students finishing their junior year. This year the program was expanded to include a Computer Science Achievement Award, in addition to awards for Math and Science. These awards, which are made possible through the branch’sfundraising efforts including prior book sales, 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).

Alex Vasilcoiu, shown here with her Certificate of Merit, was the recipient of the 2021 Computer Science Achievement Award for McLean High School.

The McLean High School recipients of the Achievement Awards for 2021 are as follows: Susan Shobeiri, recipient of the 2021 McLean Area Branch Math Achievement Award; Vivian Kreeb, recipient of the 2021 McLean Area Branch Science Achievement Award; and Alex Vasilcoiu, recipient of the 2021 McLean Area Branch Computer Science Award. The students received their certificates and checks by mail and will be invited to a branch event in the fall for recognition by branch members. We also created a 4-minute video clip recognizing the students that was incorporated into an awards video prepared by McLean High School.

 

 

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.

 
 

Summer Parise, shown here with her Certificate of Merit, was the recipient of the 2021 Computer Science Achievement Award for Langley High School.

Langley High School 2021 recipients of the awards are juniors Mary Zhou, recipient of the branch’s Math Achievement Award; Anvitha Puritipati, recipient of the branch’s Science Achievement Award; and Summer Parise, recipient of the branch’s Computer Science Achievement Award. Students received their certificates and checks by mail because of Covid-19 and will be invited to a branch event in the fall for recognition by branch members.

 
 

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.