Black History Month: Black Trailblazers in STEM

Black History Month: Black Trailblazers in STEM

Hello beautiful people of the interwebs! In the US of A, February is considered Black History Month so in honor of this month, this post will be in remembrance of black women who have made their mark in STEM.

Dr. Mae Jemison: (1956-) First black woman to be admitted into the space program and fly into space in 1987. She has also done research on the Hep B vaccine and rabies.

Wanda Austin: (1954-) She was the former president of and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation.

Regina Benjamin: (1956-) She is a physician and was the 18th Surgeon General of the United States.

Dorothy Lavinia Brown: (1919-2004) She was the first black woman to be appointed to a residency in general surgery while the segregation went on in the South.

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STEM Jobs on the Rise

STEM Jobs on the Rise

Hello beautiful people on the internet! Today’s post will be on jobs in STEM on the rise. Obviously these aren’t the only jobs available, and they are not superior to other jobs in any way shape or form. These are jobs that are in demand and are becoming more popular so if you aren’t sure what field you want to be in for sure, these are some good careers to dip your toe into.

  1. Software Developer
  2. Electrical Engineer
  3. Doctor
  4. Forensic Science Technician
  5. Mechanical Engineer
  6. Financial Analyst
  7. Civil Engineer
  8. Statistician

Hopefully this mini-list helps you get a grasp on some job options.

Sending virtual hugs your way,

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Interview with a STEM Student at an All Girls School

Interview with a STEM Student at an All Girls School

Hello beautiful homo sapiens across the interwebs. Today’s post is an interview I held with a friend of mine who is interested in STEM and attends an all-girls high school. There is a lot of talk about being a female student in STEM at a male-saturated environment so I wanted to provide an interview about being a STEM student surrounded by other women. Enjoy and don’t forget to drop a comment and like!

1. What got you interested in STEM?

In school, especially in elementary I was definitely better in Sciences and Math as opposed to History and English and thought they were more interesting in general. Obviously, that wasn’t the only factor that influenced me, but especially like going to a school where woman empowerment is emphasized, I feel very motivated to make a change in the world. I think we all strive for success and being a woman in STEM, I feel like the success is more valuable to me because I know that my contributions be able to make a deep impact.

2. Do you think being at an all-girls school helped you develop your interests?

I definitely think it boosted my interest because we have really good programs in the science and math fields and not a lot of schools have teachers who are as concerned if their students do well or not, so I feel like that’s a really impactful privilege we get.

3. What do you want to major in college?

I am the most indecisive person so I don’t know but I definitely want to do accounting and neurology to become a neurologist.  With neurology, people look down upon it since you’re in school for most of your life but if it’s a career I’m passionate about I don’t mind going to school for so long.

4. What is your favorite sector of STEM?

This is hard. Either science or math, but my favorite science is chemistry. You know, I would say science because it is more applicable to everyday life just like going outside and knowing *laughs* the chlorophyll in plants.

5. Do you have any words of advice for other girls pursuing careers in STEM?

My motto is if you are given the opportunity to do something why wouldn’t you take that opportunity. If you’re even thinking about it, I would strongly consider it, because it is worth it to just try to get involved in STEM, and I would say do what makes you happy. If it’s not for you it’s fine but it gives you a new perspective on the world.

Podcasts by Women in STEM you HAVE to Tune Into

Podcasts by Women in STEM you HAVE to Tune Into

Hello lovely readers of the blogverse! Today’s post I will be going into my top 10 favorite podcasts led by women in STEM or about women in STEM. These are great to listen to and are a huge motivator for me to pursue my goals in this field. If you guys listen to any of these or have any recommendations for me, let me know down in the comments down below. 

  1. Femmes of STEM
  2. Superwomen in Science
  3. Beyond the Microscope
  4. STEMxm
  5. Polar Exposure
  6. Ologies
  7. Bugs & Stuff
  8. Talk Nerdy
  9. Her Stem Story
  10. The Women in Tech Show (my fave!!)

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Sending cyber hugs your way,

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Highschool Competitions in STEM

Highschool Competitions in STEM

Hello fems! Sorry for the long hiatus, I’ve been pretty busy, but I’m going to be doing a large revamp this summer so stick around to see the new Fems into STEM. For today’s post, I just wanted to give you guys some options for competitions you can enter in STEM.

  1. Intel ISEF: ISEF stands for International Science and Engineering Fair; for this competition you enter you enter your research and you can compete in over 22 categories.
  2. Regeneron STS: STS stands for Science Talent Search, and it is the oldest science/math competition available for high school seniors.
  3. Google Science Fair
  4. Khan Academy Breakthrough: You have to create a video explaining a science concept.
  5. Exploravision
  6. Microsoft Imagine Cup
  7. Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology

These are just some of few available, and hopefully you guys will be able to enter these!! Good luck!

Sending cyber hugs your way,

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The Wonderful World of Coding Part 1: My First Failed Business at the Age of 15

The Wonderful World of Coding Part 1: My First Failed Business at the Age of 15

Hey digital users of the big wide web! Today, I thought I would share with you a little glimpse into my experience with coding.

The first time that I actually ever coded was in 7th grade for an elective that I took that was called Coding with Python. I thought it was really cool and I enjoyed the elective, but I didn’t really pick coding back up until September/October of 2017. I realized that coding was something that I could possibly be interested in doing as a career, so I started to put all my efforts into learning how to code HTML/CSS and Javascript. While I was doing all this coding I realized that I could start a web design business in high school so I started to put all my energy into learning how to code websites and make them look pretty.Program-Code-Feature-Image.jpg

At this point I was pretty committed and I would be spending 2-3 hours per day, trying to make my code better, and make it functional. After a couple of months of working hard I realized, that to get this business  idea off the ground I would need to invest money into it. As you know, I’m a sophomore in high school, which isn’t the most profitable job (haha just kidding.) But I had no money, and I wasn’t ready to spend the little money I had to start a business I wasn’t sure that was going to succeed so I had to throw in the towel of my ingenious idea.

I felt really bad because I had spent months getting ready for it and learning how to code and it failed, but hey I learned how to code ! Now I still enjoy coding, but it’s more of a recreational type thing instead of a career thing but who  knows where the future will lead me?

Next week I’ll be coming to you with a post about why coding might be a good thing to get into and also some resources to start coding!

Xoxo,

Luna

Study Tips To Ace Your Next Test!!

Study Tips To Ace Your Next Test!!

Hello beautiful people on the interweb! Since some of you guys may have finals coming up, I wanted to leave you guys with my study tips.

  1. Try to study in a  location with very little distractions.
  2. Use the Pomodoro Technique which is to study for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break in between. Once you’ve done this 4 times, takea 15-20 minute break and then restart again.
  3. Try to study 2-3 days before the test instead of the night before, because then the information will be stored into the longterm memory part of your brain.
  4. Utilize online resources to find study motivation. I really enjoy watching study with me’s on youtube or following studyblrs on tumblr. A great one to follow is: https://raspberriestudies.tumblr.com !! (shameless self-promo)

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Hopefully you guys find these tips helpful in being able to ace your next test. Until next time!

Xoxo,

Luna