The talkSTEM team was thrilled to receive all contest submissions and we look forward to hearing from more young women during our Nextel writing and photography contests cycle (keep an eye on our social media for dates). We greatly appreciate all the entries from the girls who took the time to share their STEM stories with us. We know that there are a great number of extremely smart and motivated girls out there ready to face this world!
Here are some excerpts from the runners-up:
Uduak Ekpengyong is an 8th grader from McMillan Junior High School
I had not even heard of soldering before this year, and I ended up really enjoying the project in which soldering was involved. The STEM program has taught me so much, and by that I do not mean that it’s only taught me why it’s important to wear safety equipment or be cautious when using power tools, but it’s inspired me to do anything that I want to do. Especially being a female in a male-dominated class, it was difficult at times, but I luckily had a strong female STEM teacher who believed in me.
Naomi Rodriguez is an 8th grader from McMillan Junior High School
My partner and I had learned how to communicate together to make the process faster…The most challenging part was creating all the little objects that go in the room, and getting them to the right size so they could fit. We had to create more then one of some objects before we got it to the perfect fit. We than did the penciling and cutting again to create the little pieces. For the end we hot glued them into place, cut out are windows, and added the final details with pencils. To create a real looking mini 3D classroom.
At the end, our project was in first place and it made me feel good…I felt like I had achieved showing the boys I can do as good or better. Ever since I have had all least one boy on my team because they know I will do a good job on the project. The girl I teamed up with was a few tables away, and no-one wanted to team with me or her. So it felt good to show that we can do it too.
Stay tuned for our next contest coming up in the fall! We will be restarting our science writing contest, so keep coming back and stay connected with us on social media! Let the girls grades 7th – 12th grade know that they have a chance to speak their mind on STEM.