Edgewood, MD., April 13, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County is proud to announce the participation of the 2015 Junior Solar Sprint team from the Windsor Valley Boys & Girls Clubs in the annual White House Science Fair, being held today at the White House.
Teams from around the region participated in the Junior Solar Sprint competition on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in April 2015, sponsored by the Army Education and Outreach Program. The team from Windsor Valley won first place and was invited to attend the national competition in Dallas, Texas, held during the Technology Students of America’s annual convention, in July 2015.
Originally the team had three girls, Adriana Pusey, Jordan West, and Kaylah Cain-Ward, sixth grade students at Magnolia Middle School and Club members at the Windsor Valley Boys & Girls Club. While at the original competition on APG, they were joined by Destani Cullari, from the Cecil County Boys & Girls Clubs. These four girls worked together to create 7 different solar powered cars–while making memories that will last a lifetime. They were surprised to receive the call last week, informing them of the invitation to attend the White House Science Fair.
“It’s been an amazing experience to see how one small project developed into so many opportunities.” Team mentor, Ms. Chrissandra Jackson, spoke about their experience, “I think it’s awesome how the girls and I turned the idea, ‘we can do this’ into actually doing it. They’ve surpassed my expectations and that’s usually pretty hard because I always set the bar high.”
The team is spending two days in Washington D.C. They will meet with Congressman Dutch Ruppersburger at his office in addition to participating in the event at the White House.
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students as well as teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines. More information is available at http://www.usaeop.com/ , at the Twitter handle @USAEOP and at www.facebook.com/goAEOP.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County was established more than 25 years ago by a group of concerned citizens in the Aberdeen area. The organization now serves over 6,000 local youth per year and operates Clubs in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood, Havre de Grace and Windsor Valley, as well as summer programs at Camp Hidden Valley and the Aberdeen Family Swim Center. The Clubs’ mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs are open to all youth ages 6 to 18 and provides positive youth development programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; Education & Career Development; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.