Girls Get IT Girl of the Year

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The Girls Get IT Program is focused on collaboration with the Georgia business and educational community to inspire girls in middle and high school to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Girls Get IT Girl of the Year award was created in 2012 as part of WIT’s commitment to support the entire lifecycle of a woman’s career in technology, and is presented annually as part of the Women of the Year in Technology Awards. 

The Girl of the Year has demonstrated a strong interest in science, technology, engineering or math, has been fully engaged in one or more Girls Get IT programs for that year, is respectful and encouraging to others, is credited with exemplary performance in education and school citizenship, and has created a lasting and positive impression on a Girls Get IT sponsoring host company and WIT member. Scintel Technologies has sponsored the award since its inception.

2014 Girls Get IT Girl of the Year: Amanda Pham

Amanda Pham is a homeschooled high school junior from Marietta, Georgia, with a passion for STEM and engineering.  

While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, she is also involved with a variety of academic programs within her community including a local homeschool National Beta Club, National Honor Society hybrid branch, a member of the Latin National Honor Society and a local homeschool Latin Club.

For the past four years, Amanda has been an active member of the Girls Get IT and in 2014, attended five Behind-the-Scenes programs hosted by Georgia-Pacific, NCR, CH2M Hill, AT&T and MailChimp; and attended the Coca-Cola Company Job Shadow event. 

In her free time, Amanda is involved with the FIRST Robotics community as the hardware lead and co-captain of the Girls Scouts-sponsored FIRST Tech Challenge robotic team GENIUS, a high school robotics team from Marietta, Georgia.  Last season, GENIUS advanced to the World Championship as one of two representatives from the state of Georgia. In addition to her high school team, Amanda is a second year coach of the 5th and 6th grade Incredibots FIRST LEGO League team, and has been a mentor for many other FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Outside of her teams, she is an active volunteer member of the FIRST Robotics community and last year she logged over 150 hours of volunteer work at competitions, expos, and events designed to help engage students, teachers, and parents of all ages in STEM.

Amanda plans to attend college for degrees in mechanical or aerospace engineering and project management.

 

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Agile Ask Staffing AutoTrader.com Birch Brick House Specialty Resources, Inc. CarterBaldwin Coca-Cola Company Cognizant Dell Edge Solutions Emory Goizueta Business Endava Equifax Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business Georgia Pacific Hunter Technical Resources IHG Infor Jabian Consulting JDC Group Manheim McKesson Oracle Pareto Solutions Group, Inc. ProSys IT Solutions Salesforce Satori Interactive Slalom Consulting Systems Evolution, Inc. The Weather Company Turner
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