It all started when Sriya Tallapragada, a teen in New Providence Middle School, began observing the gender gap in STEAM subjects. "I didn't think it was fair that girls feel pressured to shy away from STEM subjects just because of stereotypes". She then began on a journey to make science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics more fun for girls.

She created an organization called #Girls Who STEAM, which was built on the mission to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. It is currently running it's first program, the Trailblazer Essay Contest, which is an essay contest for girls aged 8-11. It is meant to help girls learn about the female "trailblazer's" before them. 

Tallapragada is also trying to connect with other organization to create STEAM workshops for girls.

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The ambitious student says that she has always been interested in science and mathematics. She has often participated and competitions like AMC8, MATHCOUNTS, Science Olympiad, MOEMS, CML, and more She wants to help other girls share her passion.

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