It’s important for students to have somebody to look up to during the pursuit of their interests. STEM can be difficult at times, and it only makes it harder being female in a discipline that seems dominated by males. That’s why we’ve provided a list of truly inspiring females in STEM who can serve as a reminder to your students of what they’re capable of!
This girl has been on “Bill Nye Saves the World”, and was the Executive Producer and host of “Xploration Outer Space”, a show on Fox that made it to 100 million screens a week. At West Virginia University, Emily received her bachelor’s in mechanical and Aerospace Engineering before going on to MIT to get a masters in Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Technology and Policy. Yeah. Mrs. Calandrelli is pretty smart, and only thirty-two years old! She is also a professional speaker who gives talks about exploring the cosmos and science education. She started off just like any other student passionate about STEM. What an inspiration!
She was a bit of a kid genius, but she got to where she is now through hard work and passion. When she was only fifteen, a relative of hers was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just a couple of years afterwards, Brittany used her computer programming skills and created an artificial brain to detect the negative symptoms of cancer! This computer won her first prize in 2012 at the Google Science Fair. Now, she studies computer science at Duke University, and continues to work on her breast cancer test.
Mayim Bialik received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, which allowed her to teach for several years. She went on to write a book all about the science behind hormones and what kids should know regarding changes that happen to their bodies on a daily basis. Just like Calandrelli, she has spoken publicly about the importance of STEM. According to Bialik, she did not have a natural talent for science, and she thought it was just for boys, both of which led her to enter the field late. Despite these obstacles, she still excelled! It shows what hard work and perseverance can lead to, despite the circumstances.
These are just three of many, many women that have gone above and beyond within STEM. Their long list of accomplishments may seem overwhelming to those just starting out in their studies, but above all else it should act as an inspiration, showing young scientists what their futures can be like if they put in the hard work and never give up!
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