Samsung’s motto of “inspiring the world, and creating the future” and the Girl Scout mission to build leaders who will “change the world” aligned perfectly in the first ever Samsung STEM Challenge. Girl Scouts from across Central Texas worked the past six weeks on a real-world challenge to help Samsung discover ways to conserve and efficiently use water at their Austin plant. They were then tasked with creating a model showcasing their findings. On Saturday, November 8, teams of girls ranging from 4th through 12th grade presented their projects to Samsung engineers.

Councilman Mike Martinez presented awards to the winners in three different age categories. The winners were:                

·         Seniors/Ambassadors: Stephanie W., Carly S., Lynda P., Sarah H., and Ariana F.

·         Cadettes: Lindsey W., Sarah D., and McKenzie H.

·         Juniors: Sophia D., Lauren D., and Kavita K.

“The Girl Scouts presenting today have displayed so much talent and ability—they’re a great example of the bright future women can have in engineering,” Martinez said. “I really enjoyed visiting with the girls, seeing the results of their efforts, and being a part of recognizing their accomplishments.”

“Everyone is a winner here today,” GSCTX CEO Lynelle McKay said. “This challenge shows girls that engineering can be fun, meaningful and relevant to fixing problems that face society every day. Our girls responded to Samsung’s challenge with enthusiasm, creativity and hard work. I am very proud of all of them.”

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