Teams of girls from high schools in the Washington D.C. metro region compete in an engineering innovation contest, sponsored by a car manufacturer, and in partnership with the STEM for Her, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. High school teams of four girls will identify and design a project over several weeks, focused on the automobile / transportation industry.  At the end of the session, the teams compete in an event, judged by a panel engineers and employees from the sponsoring organization.

During STEM for Her Day, eight remarkable teams engaged in the highly-anticipated “Drive Like a Girl” competition on Friday, November 3rd. Over a five-week period, these teams worked with mentors from Audi of America to craft a 15-minute presentation on electric vehicles, Audi’s “green initiative,” and sustainability.

This year marked the 8th anniversary of the “Drive Like a Girl” competition, a testament to the enduring collaboration between STEM for Her and Audi of America. The partnership has consistently provided a crucial platform for high school girls to explore and excel in STEM, particularly in the domain of automotive innovation and engineering.

The morning event concluded with teams being acknowledged post-lunch, and the winning teams were unveiled, celebrating their dedication and ingenuity.

The success of these teams not only underscores their talent but also serves as a testament to the importance of providing opportunities for young women in STEM-related fields. The “Drive Like a Girl” competition stands as a beacon of empowerment, fostering a spirit of innovation and excellence among the next generation of female leaders in technology and engineering.

The “Drive Like a Girl” competition exemplified the essence of determination, collaboration, and passion for innovation. Congratulations to all the participating teams for their incredible dedication and to the winners for their outstanding achievements. Here’s to a future where these young women continue to drive progress and inspire generations to come.

2023 Competition Results:

Annandale High School (Annandale, VA)
2nd place – James W. Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)
3rd place – Oxon Hill High School (Oxon Hill, MD)

Participating Schools of the 8 teams included:

Annandale High School
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Digital Pioneers Academy
Oxon Hill High School
James W. Robinson Secondary School
Wakefield High School

Above: Annandale HS “Drive Like a Girl” Team, along with representatives from Audi of America.

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