An experienced social worker in California, Marla Harding has worked with individuals and families in crisis situations through Shelter, Inc. Marla Harding remains active in her community and contributes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which partners with Samsung Electronics to hold the Climate Superstars Challenge.
Committed to enhancing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education of youth, the Climate Superstars Challenge brings together youth aged 11 through 14 to participate in weekly activities focused on such topics as energy efficiency and waste reduction. To this end, young people from 184 Boys and Girls Clubs across the United States have engaged in environmentally friendly activities that include planting trees and identifying ENERGY STAR products to preserve energy.
The winners of the last Climate Superstars Challenge was the Hollywood Rez Torch Club of the Boys and Girls Clubs Seminole Tribe of Florida. Members of the Hollywood Rez Torch Club demonstrated their understanding of the importance of recycling by using a pasta box to develop a rocket as a learning tool and creating a snow globe from a recycled glass jar.
In recognition of the Boys and Girls Clubs Seminole Tribe of Florida as the winner of the Climate Superstars Challenge, the BGCA gave the club a technology makeover valued at more than $25,000. The makeover includes two 55-inch LED smart TVs, 30 Samsung Galaxy tablets, several Energy Star products, three virtual reality devices, a Gear 360 Camera, and 30 notebooks.