Competitions for Science Savvy Girls

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Last month, we told you about Samantha Garvey, pictured here with President Obama, an 18-year-old homeless New Yorker named one of 300 semifinalists in the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.

We were inspired by her story — and also got excited thinking about all the smart teens out there like Samantha who are looking closely at the world they are growing up in and creating innovative solutions to protect their environments and build a better tomorrow.

That’s why we were so into an article we read on Mashable today, which showcased five science, technology, engineering and mathematics competitions open to innovative teens.  For example, the Google Science Fair looks “for the brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today” and The Dupont Challenge is a science essay competition, which asks teens to explore how they believe they can help solve some of the challenges of today’s complex world.

Make sure you check out Mashable’s list: These contests all inspire teens to think critically. Entering can also help you build your college applications, win prizes, and even come up with solutions that can make the world a healthier, cleaner and secure place for us all to live.

And here’s another reason to consider entering: President Obama thinks you should. “When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” Obama said after viewing student projects at the White House Science Fair held on February 7, 2012.

If you could use math and science to solve any world problem, what would you focus your efforts on?

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