First Name

Yarianis

Last Name

R.

Bio

Yarianis is 15 years old. Actually, she is in 10th grade at Nueva Brígida Álvarez Rodríguez School Specialized in Sciences and Mathematics in Vega Baja, PR. She has been part of the honor roll for her excellent grades and graduated from eighth grade with high honor. This academic year is part of Kinesis Bright Stars Foundation to create a profile and awareness about her university preparation. In this school semester, she has completed a STEM Ambassador project through CienciaPR Seeds of Triumph Program of the UPR (University of Puerto Rico) Medical Sciences Campus to impact girls offering workshops and activities in STEM. Her project, STEM Alliance, was carried out between the schools Brígida Alvarez in Vega Baja and Apolo San Antonio in Vega Alta to bring them robotics workshops, engineering activities, among others. In addition, she created the activity of a photo mural on STEM that worked with troop 447 of the Girl Scouts of Barceloneta. Yarianis had the opportunity to work with the Borinqueñas, assemble paper microscopes to observe natural samples, visit laboratories and engineering centers and participate in leadership workshops. During the summer of 2019, she participated in the CS4Girls (Computer Science for Girls) camp at the UPR Arecibo Campus, where she participated in bioengineering workshops, programming with Lego Mindstorms, visiting the UPR Humacao Observatory, flying and programming drones, VEX robotics and creation of real models and 3D printing. In May 2019, she participated in the 1st Microsoft Girl STEAM Challenge as part of the semifinalist group. When she participates in STEM activities or competitions, she likes helping others and loves working with children and seeing their interest in learning about STEM disciplines. She currently belongs to the Robotics (Team 2250-C) and Engineering (SHPE Jr.) school clubs. Also, form part of Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer school teams and is a volleyball player in Manatí Volleyball Club. Her experiences at STEM have been too in the competitions of SHPE (Society Hispanic Professional Engineers), where boats with plastic bottles are built. In 2017, she participated in the SHPE INTER competitions winning 1st place; in April 2019, she participated in the Water Bottle Challenge of Brígida Álvarez School; and in May 2019, in the SHPE Mayagüez (UPRM) competition, where she won 1st place. She has participated in the scientific fairs. In 2018, she won 2nd place in the local competition and participated in 2019. Other activities she has been part of and she likes are: STEM Convention Center (2017-2018) and Robot Makers 2018 where she has developed the capacity of technological knowledge. During the robotics competitions VEX Turning Point 2018-19 had the great responsibility and challenge of working with the Engineering Notebook and also learned about programming, design and construction of a robot. She managed to participate in the Latin American Robotics, Leagues competitions of PRIOR (Puerto Rico Institute of Robotics), and obtained the sub-championships in both Technology Challenges of PRIOR 2018-19. This 2019-20 season, she’s participating in the VEX Tower Takeover competitions and expect to get good results. In March 2019, she obtained from NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing the 2018-19 Puerto Rico Affiliate Award Honorable Mention. Yarianis is a Girl Scout and develops every day the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. She has had the opportunity to carry out social and community action projects. As a volleyball player since age 10, in 2018 she carried out a health project called Clean Hands, Good Health to guide athletes on the importance of hand hygiene obtaining recognition of the Silver Medal Award by the Caribbean Girl Scout Council. She enjoyed her badges workshops about legacy, financial literacy, service award, journeys, and STEM. She also took the training to obtain the CPR and First Aid certification. Some workshops in which she has participated are: Digital Photography, Entertainment Technology and Computer Expert granted by Microsoft, and Girl Scout STEM offered by Boston Scientific. In addition, she is recognized for demonstrating superior performance in achieving the objectives of the Girl Scout Cookie Campaign since 2008. She has also attended camps offered by the organization to work on different Journeys or STEM badges. In 2011-16, she was part of the Fine Arts School in Barceloneta. She had the opportunity to enroll in band, drawing, dance and sculpture. Yarianis participated in events such as Juventud Vibra 2015, where the group won 5 awards for Toy Story, Bruno Mars and Aladdin presentations. Yarianis participated in Knights and Princesses of Life Bootcamp Challenge taking workshops on self-esteem, leadership, effective communication, values, among others. In 2018, she participated in a project based on learning to protect the coasts of Vega Baja, with the VIDAS group, coral reef restorers. She made another project based on learning entitled Science and Mathematics Christmas Project based on teaching young children easy and fun experiments. In addition, an investigation worked to show the knowledge about corals of the students of Brígida Álvarez of 8th and 9th grade. Yarianis participates since 2016 in the Cleaning of Coasts together with the Movement Reflect and Act. In the future, she wants to do internships at different universities to help her expand her knowledge and academic curriculum. She hopes to maintain a good average to enter the university and obtain scholarships. She would like to learn sign language and then teach others. She is currently developing her Girl Scout Gold Medal project and would like to create a law through it. She hopes to be part of the school's Medicine Club and learn from every opportunity the club offers. Also, she wants to continue making projects about STEM for girls. She wants to study, prepare to be a great ophthalmologist, and help in scientific investigations.