By Curlis Phillip.
Girls in Technology (GIT) is proud to announce the winners of the “Sharing Our Success” essay competition: Anna Marie Flatt and Ashley Paik. Students were asked to tell how the “Sharing Our Success” program inspired them. Prizes included a one-week pass to Mad Science Summer Camp and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshop run by Building Momentum.
In her essay, Ashley Paik, a fifth grader at Canterbury Woods Elementary School, noted how inspired she was by the Sharing Our Success speakers. “They taught me that gender shouldn’t limit you from achieving your true potential and to never give up on your dreams,” she wrote. “You can do anything as long as you work hard and believe in yourself.”
Ashley aspires to become an engineer, so she felt right at home experiencing the robotics demonstrations by students just a few years her senior. Guided by coaches and mentors, the First Robotics high school team designed, built, and operated their very own robot, which was featured at the event. “I can’t wait to do something like that in just a few more years,” Ashley explained.
Anna Marie Flatt, an eighth grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School, found the program very rewarding. “I met Brad Halsey, CEO of Building Momentum, who immediately began to mentor me,” Anna Marie said. “Since the event, I have been working with Mr. Halsey to offer a ‘Build Your Own 3D Printer’ class in my area.”
Last summer, this budding journalist and entrepreneur fused her interest in technology and business to develop and market an online magazine in Small Worlds, a virtual world for teens. Anna Marie is looking forward to connecting with Sharing Our Success panelist Bronwen Kennedy, who is the CEO of Spring 13, to learn the ins and outs of the marketing business. “The GIT ‘Sharing Our Success’ event helped me connect my STEM hobbies and interests to plan for my future,” Anna Marie said. “What I’ve learned will greatly influence my work in high school and beyond.”
We extend a hearty congratulations to our winners and a special thanks to Building Momentum’s CEO Brad Halsey for donating the STEM Workshop prize.