Striving for The Congressional Award, Samantha used STEM in two different program areas: Voluntary Public Service and Personal Development.
To serve her local community, Samantha partnered with Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to create portable educational science experiments for the children in the hospital.
Using the money she earned from coaching a girls' basketball team, Samantha bought supplies for each experiment. Samantha's creations included designing shaving cream clouds, making moldable slimes, and even crafting lava lamps. Samantha loved see how much fun the kids were having while truly engaged with science.
For her Personal Development, Samantha wanted to reach beyond her community. Samantha has been curious and interested in STEM from a young age. However, while looking for inspiring female role models, she could not find biographies or any real information on women in STEM.
She started a project called Silicon Valley STEM Stories so other children would have better resources. Determined to carve her own path, Samantha built a website to share interviews with local women in STEM.
She hopes that young women will read the success stories and be inspired to pursue STEM themselves.