First Name

Aimee

Last Name

W.

Bio

Aimee is an 11th grade student in California. She has been taking STEM and Computer Science classes and doing programming projects. One great technical achievement by Aimee is the research she conducted under the guidance of University of Santa Cruz faculty and Ph.D. students in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology through the 2020 Summer Internship Program (SIP). Their research on Abalone Habitat filled big gaps in understanding the habitat types of pinto abalone and was highlighted in a SIP Newsletter. Aimee and her research group presented the results to the SIP community at the end of the internship, and they will also present it in the upcoming Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting in Nov. Aside from STEM, Aimee is also a Captain of the Debate team at school. Through doing Public Forum debate for the past five years, Aimee has learned how governmental policies can impact different communities. She will attend college to advance in both science and public policy so that her scientific contributions can make an impact beyond just the scientific community. Aimee is inspired to lead in advocating public policies for scientific development to benefit our nation and the world equitably. One way for technology to benefit our society is to make it easily accessible and inclusive. As the Director of Outreach of her school’s Robotics team, Aimee started a robotics league at her old middle school and has introduced robotics to over fifty younger students. Aimee worked with the school administration to set up a robotics intramural competition and enjoyed last season’s finale with newly built robots racing through obstacle courses, crossing bridges, and shooting hoops against each other. She has also been teaching robotics classes to local middle school girls on weekends. Aimee grew a lot from the many hours of preparation, direct interactions with middle schoolers, and coordination with high school peers and school administration. Aimee plans to expand Robotics to broader communities.