First Name

Reeny

Last Name

B.

Bio

Maureen, known to everyone as “Reeny”, had an interest in electronics and computing which, with the help of a generous mentor was realized to a degree that far exceeded her wildest dream. Combining her passions for technology, good health, and high fashion, Reeny’s invention, “Illumi-cize”, uses an Arduino chip and countless LEDs to convert heart rate elevation into progressively lit-up apparel to reinforce vigorous exercise to combat childhood obesity. For this innovative device Reeny was named 3M/Discovery Channel Kansas Top Young Scientist, competed on national television and live webcast, and ultimately finished 5th in the nation! She reconfigured the device and took the top prize at the Kansas Junior Academy of Science competition and ultimately an invitation to present her invention at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, California. Incredibly, with the assistance of NCWIT, her invention took her to Washington D.C. where she described it to President Obama at the White House Science Fair! Wanting to pay it forward, Reeny developed a week-long camp curriculum and with the aid of three successive AspireIT grants, founded “Catwalk Coding”, teaching girls to construct and code their own unique versions of Illumi-cize. Each camp culminates in a blinking runway extravaganza followed by inspirational presentations by women in STEM fields. For her efforts she was named a 2017 Girl Scout National Woman of Distinction. Subsequently selected a HER Lead Fellow, over Thanksgiving break she will be conducting a camp in Mexico City for 100 girls, funded by Vital Voices and repurposing sample clothing donated by Ann Taylor, beginning her quest to inspire girls GLOBALLY to draw on feminine strengths to close the gender gap.