Andeavor STEM Academy Spotlight, Marian and Michelle

“Marian is older. She helps me in my classes and in STEM. I want to be like her and mentor new students when they come next year.”

 

-Marian, 6th grade Club member and future engineer.”

 

(Pictured: Michelle and Marian stand proudly next to their bridge holding “the weight of the world”.)

Michelle is a first year Club and STEM Academy member. She is passionate about STEM and enjoys the relationships built while working with other girls in the program. Recently, Michelle and her teammate Marian were challenged to create a bridge that held the most weight out of all their classmates.

In this activity, Marian and Michelle flexed their STEM concepts of researching, hypothesizing, testing, and observing. They researched different kinds of bridges; trusses, suspension, and more. Together, they determined, the best option would be to build a truss style bridge.

The girls wanted to prove their bridge was the strongest so they literally tested it with the weight of the world. Although, Michelle was excited to see her bridge hold up to the test, Marian was less impressed with the joke.

Next, Michelle and Marian will begin work on their STEM Day project. Every year, students participate in STEM Day where they develop a project that they are passionate about; test their hypothesis using the scientific or engineering method; and present it to STEM professionals. Michelle says, ” I want to do something about mental health. I think it is a very important topic.”

It is through experiences like STEM Day that propel girls like Marian and Michelle into STEM careers. If you would like to help with our upcoming STEM Day please contact Tiffany at [email protected].

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Diana’s commitment to lifting up the voices of the community began in Wilmington as the youngest community organizer and Honorary Mayor of Wilmington. Diana continued organizing with the California State Assembly where worked with leaders in various cities and neighborhoods to advocate for the advancement of education equity, immigration justice, supportive services, and reentry programs. She most recently served as the Neighborhood Revitalization manager with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles leading the implementation of an innovative framework to improve the quality of life of residents in the city of Long Beach through sustainable partnerships and creating a model for collaboration across neighborhoods. Her efforts were commended by the Long Beach Rescue Mission awarding her partner of the year for creating lasting connections across all sectors.
Nina's passion for the non-profit sector began in 2011 with the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Over the course of five years, she led the Foundation's fundraising endeavors, initially focusing on district-level initiatives before stepping into the role of President. In 2015, she joined The Friendship Foundation as the Development Director and was promoted to Managing Director shortly thereafter. Nina joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Caron in August of 2022 bringing with her extensive experience in fundraising, event planning and operational and strategic insight. She was honored with the National Newcomer Excellence Award in Resource Development in 2024 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her outstanding contributions in fundraising. Nina is active in the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and has served as the International Chair, Vocational Chair, and Social Chair. Together with her husband, Nina has raised three boys in Manhattan Beach.
Don Abbe has 35 years of experience working in the private and nonprofit sector. He joined the Club in 2010 and ensures that every dollar is spent in the most efficient manner. Don works closely with auditors to make sure that our organization complies with all federal, state and local statutory requirements. He also ensures that all stakeholders get a complete and accurate assessment of the financial health of the organization. Don’s past nonprofit work experience includes working with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. He received a BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Washington. Don’s favorite Club program is Youth of the Year.