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Stamford Girl Scout Named Winner In National Competition

Maya Watson (center) with other Girl Scouts from Connecticut at the competition.
Maya Watson (center) with other Girl Scouts from Connecticut at the competition. Photo Credit: Provided

STAMFORD, Conn. – Girl Scout Cadette Maya Watson, of Stamford, recently was named one of four national winners in the "Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition."

Watson plans to attend an award ceremony in October in Alabama. The implementation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs and encouraging young women and girls to take an interest in STEM is a national trend.

Last fall, NASA-trained astrophysicist David Mestre traveled Bristol and Stamford where Watson and other Girl Scouts learned how to build and launch rockets and participate in the competition, according to a press release.

“It was a great experience, and I had fun doing it,” Watson said in a press release. “The goal was to learn how to make rockets, how to launch them, and why that happens. We were competing to see whose rocket could land the closest to the target.”

Watson said participating in the rocket competition was a fun and rewarding experience.

“I am so happy I was able to place, and I look forward to doing more STEM programs in the future with Girl Scouts,” she said in a press release.

Ellyn Savard, STEM initiatives program manager at Girl Scouts of Connecticut, said 95 percent of the girls involved in Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s rocket program said they are more interested in STEM activities.

“We offer girls a safe environment in which they can feel free to experiment, try new activities which are traditionally male-centric, and learn about STEM careers from young women who are experts in their fields,” Savard said in a press release. “Girls were engaged 100 percent of the time in exciting hands-on activities, using concepts that were new to them but important to their education.”

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