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G2O Fall 2015 Girls & STEM Contest Winner!

We're excited to announce the winner of our G2O Fall 2015 Girls & STEM activity contest!

Generating Girls’ Opportunities (G2O) is an initiative of CWEALF that aims to advance educational opportunities for girls, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), in which girls are underrepresented.

Under G2O, CWEALF helps plan and implement more than five Girls & STEM Expos every year! Girls & STEM Expos are one-day expos for middle school and high school girls and their teachers. Expos are held at local colleges and universities. They consist of hands-on STEM workshops, team-building activities, career activities for high school girls, and provide girls and their teachers with resources to increase their engagement in STEM fields!

This fall, G2O held a contest for girls to create their own hands-on STEM activity to be used at a future Girls & STEM Expo. We got a lot of fun and creative entries, which made choosing a winner a real challenge!

We’re excited to announce that the winner of our Fall G2O Girls & STEM contest is Alexandra Raibeck, a sixth grade student from Timothy Edwards Middle School!

Alexandra’s activity, the Leaning Tower of PEACH-A, challenges girls to design and build the tallest tower possible using only peach ring gummy candies, pretzel sticks, and tape! Her activity was inspired by a classmate bringing in peach rings to share. Alexandra tried one and didn’t like it, but didn’t want to waste them… so she decided to use her engineering creativity and build a tower made of them instead! Alexandra will be presenting her activity at our Girls & STEM Expo at the University of Saint Joseph next May.  We can’t wait to see it in action!

Alexandra loves sharks and hopes to one day become a marine biologist. For fun, she enjoys dancing, and dances competitively.

Want to participate in a G2O contest? Our 2016 T-Shirt Design Contest is up now! The deadline for submissions is December 18th, so be sure to submit your designs soon! Visit for more information.

By Emily Betts, UConn MSW Intern at 30 Nov 2015, 14:12 PM



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