Through our #WomenInSTEM Challenge, we asked young women across the country to show us how they were incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math into their pursuit of The Congressional Award.
After receiving an overwhelming response of nearly 100 submissions, a panel of judges selected five deserving participants as contest winners. The submissions were as diverse as they were impressive - like teaching students to code, founding non-profits, shattering the glass ceiling of robotics championships, and even working with the National Parks to help conserve our environment.
The challenge served as the first of many steps The Congressional Award is taking to encourage young people to explore and immerse themselves in the bolstering world of STEM.
A limited edition Congressional Award polo and a chance to be featured on our website and marketing materials as a STEM Ambassador.
Kaila became president of the STEMpowerment Club at her high school, the only club that offers a 100% student-run internship to students in the school's Tech Academy. During the school year and throughout the summer, Kaila and the other members of the club went to Boys and Girls Clubs to organize science experiments and teach computer techniques to children.
Ridhi was selected as one of only eight students in the country for the Tomodachi Toshiba Academy, an exclusive STEM leadership trip to Tokyo.
She is also the founder of an up and coming non-profit, Project STEAM, which encourages young women to join the STEM field.
Pri is working hard to break down the stereotypes of male-dominated fields and focusing on doing what she loves.
She's participated in competitive math competitions and artificial intelligence lab intensives, and even volunteered for a biomedical engineer to create 3D-printed human skin tissue for burn victims in hospitals.
Sajni founded STEM All Stars, an international non-profit committed to breaking the barrier of gender stereotypes.
She is also developing an app called AdviseHer, dedicated to closing the gap between students and teachers by giving students a platform to give and receive advice.
Frustrated by the lack of information available online about female role models in STEM, Sammy started a project called Silicon Valley STEM Stories.
She interviews local female success stories and shares them with youth aspiring to enter the STEM field.