First Name

Teevyah

Last Name

Y.

Bio

Ever since I was a young girl, I was always interested in STEM. I needed to know why a motor rotated and small mechanisms could lift tons of any material. I wanted to join a robotics team, but was rejected by three different teams because of my gender. The teams did not believe I could “perform up to their level”. I was discouraged. But, I didn’t let their negative beliefs hinder me from participating in STEM activities. After hitting the glass ceiling at such a young age, I wanted to break the barrier by giving other girls the opportunity to explore STEM fields. So, in 9th grade, I began hosting STEM 4 Girls Workshops for middle school girls. At the beginning of the workshop 25% of the girls said they were interested in a career in one of the fields and by the end, all 100 girls raised their hands. I felt proud and continued helping girls gain access to STEM activities so the gender gap in the fields would be closed. In the 11th grade, as I continued hosting workshops and mentoring robotics teams, I was named the National Girl Innovator and the leader for the country’s first All-Girl STEM Center. I worked with companies and created a curriculum featuring STEM activities for girls all over the US. I was challenged to meet these responsibilities, but the importance of completing these projects made the difficulty worthwhile. I would like computing and technology to be a part of my career goals because I want to apply computing and technology to pure science. I want to bridge the gap between pure and applied science and I hope that I can show other scientists that computation will further solidify their experimentation.