HS Sophomores Plan Event to Spark, Continue Interest in STEM
Sophomores from five high schools sponsored STEM into Spring, an engineering event providing fifth graders at Belvedere Elementary the opportunity to learn about STEM that encourages them to continue exploring the field once they move to Glasgow Middle. The students—Abia Zahir and Kelly Tieu of Annandale High, Aya Ahmed of Justice High, Emanda Seifu of Woodson High, and Lidya Demilew of Lake Braddock Secondary—developed STEM into Spring as part of the Society of Women in Engineering SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge. The team won $1,000 to implement their STEM into Spring project that addressed a community problem using engineering and design solutions with women engineers in their community. Members of the Glasgow Girls STEM Club wrote, tested, and taught STEM lesson plans that were used at the event. A parent panel provided parents the opportunity to listen to professionals in STEM careers and ask questions. STEM into Spring will compete for the grand prize, a trip to the Society of Women in Engineering annual conference. Contact Angela DeHart at email@example.com.