57% of all women are in the fields of science. (Mattern 8). Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, intrigued women of all ages to become engineers, doctors, science teachers, and so much more. Men used to be the only people to tackle careers in this field. However, Ride changed the world when she became the first American woman in space. She was extremely supportive of achieving equal rights for women and encouraged little girls to enter the fields of science. In fact, because of Sally Ride’s science experiments, life is more convenient here on Earth. Because of Sally Ride’s perseverance in life, she is known as a hero of change, and her legacy as America’s Space Girl lives on.
Mae Jemison was the first african american astronaut. She was the first african american women in space. She first went into space on the Endeavour. She was also the first african american women to be accepted into the space academy training program.
By defying the rules of femininity she proved that getting down in the dirt and taking risks is not just for men. By being to first person to fly the Pacific proved that women can aspire and succeed. She also flew solo across the Atlantic and showed the world she was not a fluke.(Foner) She inspires girls everywhere to follow their dreams, however unrealistic they may be, because her dreams were not acceptable in her time yet she made them come true. Without Earhart would we still have some of our newer influences, or would they still be dreaming about what they could do. “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be seen as but a challenge to others.”-Amelia Earhart.
My passion for engineering inspires me to promote this field. Through my actions in high school, I have encouraged many young women to explore careers in STEM. Through my mentoring of fourth grade girls, I excite them to pursue their interests in math and science. As I train these girls to run a 5K race, I listen to their academic goals and ambitions.
I am interested in Howard University because it is an HBCU that encompass the themes of cultural diversity and education. Your commitment to scholars ensures me that at your school I will be right at home. Since I intend on on going down a medical path, I know that Howard University will provide me with best resources to follow my dreams. As a child I was always interested in the worlds around me and how things worked. As a result I participated in a Summer Enrichment Program located at Indiana University in Bloomington. There I explored all of the different STEM fields. From the experience I have developed a love for biology and learning how small things affect larger things in the world around me. The next summer I participated in the Summer Science Research
Being an Eagle Scout is important to me because I have learned leadership and many skills through my journey that will benefit me the rest of my life. By becoming an Eagle Scout, it shows a level of commitment that many are unable to achieve. For example, I completed all the required Eagle merit badges as well as all of the alternate required Eagle merit badges including Cycling, Hiking, Swimming, Lifeguarding, and Emergency Preparedness. Becoming an Eagle Scout, I have become a more knowledgeable person through the wide variety of merit badges completed and skills learned. Without the experience of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, I would never have learned how to be a leader ranging from Patrol Leader to the Crew Leader of a Philmont Expedition. Learning how to be a leader has been the single most important skill becoming an Eagle Scout has taught me. It has allowed me to be a leader in many ways on my FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team including Team Captain, Engineering Lead, and Robot Driver. Although Robot Driver may not seem like a leadership position, it actually
Growing up, the world of mathematics and science has always intrigued me. I have always preferred to calculate definite integrals rather than talk about the Gilded Age, and I will choose to read about NASA’s latest discoveries over Shakespearean sonnets any day of the week. I felt I could delve into the concepts of Calculus and Newtonian Physics more easily than Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth and Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter. I saw myself devoted to the fields pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and aspired to pursue a career where I could apply my fascination into the field of engineering. When I walked into AP English Language & Composition at the start of my junior year, however, I realized my interests
NASA has recently halted some of their educational programs due to budget cuts and American citizens are not happy. Children and educators around the U.S. are outraged by the budget cut. There are people online petitioning the White House to end the educational cuts (Petition Asks). The public believes that cutting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs isn’t the best for the country. Ending these programs would
How exciting would the world be if everyone was either a scientist or mathematician? What would the world be like? Of course there will be a bountiful supply of scientific breakthroughs thank we can bank on, but what how will all of the other aspects of the world fare? As of currently, all across the country there has been a jolt of urgency for the incorporation of a more STEM based education in schools. A more “STEM” based education like the type described in We Can’t All Be Math Nerds and Science Geeks by Fareed Zakaria narrows student’s once broad-based learning foundation and directs it into a more specific line of learning, which is the reasoning behind Zakaria’s disapproval of the movement.
No matter what gender you are, if you are thankful for women’s rights, you can thank Susan B. Anthony. Without her, women would not have an education, a right to vote, or rights in general. Although, for some reason, if you’re not thankful, let’s see if her story can change your mind.
Clara Barton was a courageous bundle of a girl. Throughout her lifetime she accomplished various admirable tasks. Of course, there were obstacles along the way. She was faced with overcoming personal and shared struggles. Not only that, she was forced to grow up and mature at a young age. Despite all of the chaos, she encouraged others to help people that were caught up in disasters of their own. People admired her unique quality of wanting to take care of the sick and wounded. As well as overcoming her childhood struggles, she became a teacher, founded the American Red Cross, and accomplished much more. On top of it all, she always remembered her heart and became an inspiration all over the world. She still touches
Sally Ride influenced the 1980’s immensely. Ride became a professor of physics at the University of California there; she studied, worked extremely hard, and built her confidence, to accommodate the environmental surroundings. She was the first women in space; it took time, dedication, and confidence to be the first women. This influenced many others to go up into space and make discoveries. Furthermore, she used a remote manipulator arm launch, a satellite designed to study there suns effect on earths weather. In addition, she launched communication satellites for the Canadian and Indonesian government to conduct experiments, involving the production of pharmaceuticals. This significantly changed the way other astronomers viewed astronomy. Along with Sally Ride’s adventurous acts, “Going Green” also influenced the decade.
Prioritizing for a passion. This statement directly relates to chapter one and two in “What the Best College Students Do,” by Ken Bain. Throughout the chapters, Bain provides examples of successful people, studies, and tools to support his idea that learning surpasses grades in the scheme of life. To accomplish the skill of learning, students must possess determination, drive, and passion.
STEM disciplines require an immense amount of work and effort to succeed for most students. From my personal experience, on average, as an undergraduate student pursuing a Mathematics degree, I have taken four, five unit courses in my field per semester. Often I was overwhelmed by how many different concepts I had to learn simultaneously and became concerned that I would accidentally apply wrong formulas or techniques in my varying courses. Along with class stress, there are also additional components that interfere with success in a STEM discipline. Two of these additional stressors are gender and ethnicity; these stressors or challenges appear more
Choosing a college major is one of the most important decisions in a person’s life. The effect choosing a college major has on one’s life is much like a small ripple in the middle of a vast ocean. In the students senior year it is a simple seemingly inconsequential click of a button on an online application. But by the time this once meek ripple reaches the shore of the students’ life it has already transformed into a great tidal wave that has influenced their life every step of the way.