Zoe the Robotics enthusiast – Grandmother Janie Lambert, from Maryland, is proud of the fact that Zoe does not let anything -- including her Juvenile Diabetes -- hold her back from her dreams: "Always interested in science and technology [but] knowing she would never be allowed to be an astronaut with diabetes, she became interested in Aeronautic and Mechanical Engineering," says Lambert.
"At school she spends most of the day in technical and mechanical courses preparing her for starting college next fall. She is actively involved in the after school Robotics Team called RoboBees and she is the Team Captain for First Tech Challenge." Zoe is pictured here in 2010 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at 14 years old.
Zoe the Robotics enthusiast – "Zoe breaks the norm for most senior girls in high school," added Lambert. "Instead of playing dolls as a child she preferred hanging out with the boys and building cardboard box spaceships." Zoe, who lost her father at nine years old, is pictured here at the National Flight Academy in August 2014.
Girls in STEM – Monique Wingard received a full scholarship of nearly $5000 to Startup Institute Chicago this month. Back when she was just nine, her mother Julia captured this moment at a school science fair. Monique says participating in the fair was a turning point: "[The fair] helped build confidence in myself, my ideas, creative approach to problem-solving, and speaking in front of small groups about a topic of importance to me."
"It was just really exciting to attempt to get other people just as pumped as I was about my work on 'Sound Investigating Pitch.' My love for music is what prompted me to choose this topic for the science fair. Just looking at this photo now makes me beam with pride. I was a nerd before it was even cool, and now I can make a pretty good living being one and teaching others to wear that title as a badge of honor."
Three generations of Women in STEM – When Heather's mother took this picture of her at a science fair in 1991, she had no idea that Heather would grow up to become a NASA intern and that they would write two science books together. "When I was in middle school, my science research teacher took me under his wing and encouraged my research ambitions," says Heather Reis Tomasello from Florida.
"This small investment of his time and encouragement multiplied exponentially, as I went on to internships at NASA and a large community hospital. I also competed at the international science fair, and paid for half of my college education with scholarships resulting from my science fair awards."
Three generations of Women in STEM – "My mom always encouraged me to take the advanced math, to pursue the next biology or chemistry class," says Tomasello whose mother is a home health nurse. "For Christmas, she gave me a subscription to Discover Magazine and Science News. She became my role model, and now I try to duplicate that with my own daughter."
Tomasello's daughter Catie is pictured here, age six, with popular TV scientist Bill Nye. "As a kindergartner, Catie competed in the NSTA/Toshiba Exploravision competition and won 2nd place. She has since competed three additional years in this competition, winning 2nd place in the nation three times."
Girls in STEM – 11 year old Issaka is aware of what a life-changing opportunity Tech Needs Girls presents: "I am excited to be taught by mentors who are female role models and computer scientist or engineers. I am excited that I get to make money from the website and mobile applications I will build.
"With that money I can pay my own school fees to continue to get an education. I would also like to build an education mobile app to help other girls in different countries who may not have access to education learn from their mobile phones. Who knows I could one day build a huge software company and be the next Mark Zuckerberg."