Today, December 1st, Christmas came early. In late October, I was invited to participate in the “Long Conversation,” a series of dialogues about the future. As one of the invited leaders from the fields of arts and scientists, I participated in a brief dialogue with the one and only Yo-yo Ma about my vision for artificial intelligence and diversity in computer science.
This week has been crazy! On July 18th, I had lunch with Ariel Bleicher, a reporter at IEEE Spectrum, for a piece on Eyeagnosis. She had contacted me after my presentation at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, where I had given an oral presentation.
On April 26th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the STEM on the Hill Event as a Youth Cyberjournalist. The event was only 4 days after the April 22nd March for Science/ Earth Day, where science enthusiasts across the world united to act as advocate for the future of science and technology and push for the implementation of policy to promote scientific education and research. Having participated in the Washington, DC event as a speaker, I met countless individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields of science united together to champion a cause they believe in. I witnessed the birth of a revolution.
Today, Earth Day, was also the March for Science in Washington, DC, a nonpartisan gathering of scientists to protest the devaluation of the scientific fields and the need for a sense of community in the sciences. I had an amazing opportunity to address the crowd of thousands of science supporters for two minutes as a main-stage speaker.
My speech was about the importance of science, specifically computer science, education for all in accordance with my own experiences as a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Today I had the amazing opportunity to host a workshop in collaboration with the Tiger Woods Foundation at the DC STEM Fair. This was GirlsComputingLeague’s first time collaborating on an event geared towards teachers, not students.
This past weekend, I had the honor of being recognized as an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) National Winner. Along with 49 other high school girls with a passion for computer science and technology, I was invited on an all-expense paid trip to Charlotte, NC, where a weekend of once-in-a-lifetime friendships and unforgettable experiences awaited.
While I was there, I knew it was an experience I would want to share, as I was inspired, motivated, and humbled by the incredible work of my fellow awardees in their computer science endeavors, and the Bank of America in creating an inclusive STEM environment.
Would you want to painstakingly translate lines of DNA into mRNA and protein? How about search through a block of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs to find the number of times a specific sequence appears in a segment of DNA? Well, that’s exactly what attendees at the Engineering Youth Conference at George Mason University did, along the way learning about the intersection of computer science, biology, and engineering. GirlsComputingLeague had the honor of hosting a workshop and the opportunity to present and mentor over 30 middle school students from across Northern Virginia.