DRIVE LIKE A GIRL
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.
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.