Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)
Megan Loh, a Troy High School student from Fullerton, started a nonprofit to increase the representation of women and girls in STEAM fields
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) spoke on the House Floor to recognize Megan Loh, a constituent from Fullerton, CA. Loh was named one of the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts for her work encouraging and promoting more young women and girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). Rep. Cisneros is a cosponsor of HR 1591, the 21st Century STEM Act of 2019, to provide grants to school districts to improve the education of girls and underrepresented communities in STEAM, and prepare them to pursue degrees and careers in these fields.
Rep. Cisneros’s remarks as delivered are below and you can watch them here.
“Mr./Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize 39th Congressional District resident Megan Loh and her passion to ensure more young women and girls are represented and encouraged to participate in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
“Megan, an avid Girl Scout and Troy High School Student from Fullerton, formed her own nonprofit, GEARup4Youth to encourage girls’ interests in STEAM and STEM career paths.
“GEARup4Youth has already benefited more than 9,500 girls to date.
“Megan also initiated the first girls-only robotics classes at a local Boys & Girls Club.
“And she partnered with over 200 organizations—from national STEM groups, and the LA County of Education, to children’s museums and public libraries—to host presentations, family STEM events, and expos about her technology curriculum.
“Megan authored her own book, ‘Easy STEM Activities You Can Do at Home!’ in order to broaden more young girl’s interests in STEAM.
“For all her amazing and passionate work on behalf of young girls, Megan was named one of the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts.
“In Megan’s own words, we must continue to show young girls that “they do belong and that tech fields aren’t simply open to them, but need them.”
“As an education advocate, I couldn’t agree more.
“I ask my colleagues to join me in offering my sincerest congratulations to Megan and thank her for all her work on behalf of young women like herself.
“Thank you, Mr./Madam Speaker, and I yield back the balance of my time.”