Woodson North Middle School, Marquette School of Excellence, and Ella Flagg Young Elementary School
Hello everyone! I graduated from Western Illinois University and recieved a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences with a focus in Zoology. I also minored in Psychology because I have a strong interest in Animal Behavior. This is my first year being a part of Project Exploration but I have mainly worked in non-profits such as PAWS Chicago and the Anti-Cruelty Society. I chose to become a STEM Facilitator because I have been passionate about science all my life which can be hard for other people. I really want to show others, especially youth, how science can be fun and really changed your perspective of the world around you. My goal is to make a difference in these kinds of areas I aspire to be a humane educator and this opportunity as a STEM Facilitator is exactly what I’ve been waiting for!
Frederick Funston Elementary School
Hi to all! My name is Eugenia Ruiz. I am currently a junior at DePaul University. I am majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology. As a career, I hope to continue on to graduate school and getting my Masters in Guidance Counseling. Ever since I became a mentor to students, I have loved every single second of it. Being able to be give them the motivation that they need to continue on in their hopes of what they would like to be as they get older, it gives me a great satisfaction. Being one of the STEM Facilitators for Sisters4Science at Funston Elementary, will give me more of the experience in this field. I am looking forward to a great year with these girls!
Ariel Community Academy and John Fiske Elementary School
Hey there! My name is Nedum Aniemeka and this is my second year working with Sisters4Science. I am currently a third year biology major at The University of Chicago and I love working with kids, so I thought I’d combine these interests to help young girls develop their own love for science! As a woman of color, pursuing a science degree at a rigorous school, I find it important to make sure young girls know that science can be fun and is something that they can be not only interested in, but also excel at. When I’m not working with Project Exploration, I spend my time rowing on my school’s club crew team and volunteering for the Hyde Park community.
Parker Community Academy
My name is Kayla Milne, and I am a 4th year Biology and Comparative Human Development double major at The University of Chicago, and planning to graduate in June 2015! I have explored my love of science in the field of medicine by working as a First Responder for UChicago Emergency Medical Services, and I am the head of “Student Teaching at Ray School,” a tutoring organization for ESL students in Hyde Park. This is my first year working as a STEM Facilitator with Project Exploration in their Sisters4Science program and I am so excited to work with my new students at Parker Community Academy and share my love of science! I think that it is so important that girls have role models in the scientific community, so they can actually see what their futures can look like in the scientific field. I hope that by the end of the program my girls will realize how awesome and fun science can be!
My name is Bori Kim and I am an Elementary Education major with a Sociology concentration at North Park University. When it comes to science, I used to remember only beakers and the alcohol lamp; I wasn’t a “science” person at all! I used to believe science was only for boys and was boring. I had to memorize all the facts, equations, and even applications. There was no room for my own ideas or thoughts. While taking Biology and teaching younger students, I started to realize how fun science can be and that a lot of girls were involved. Through being a STEM Facilitator for Project Exploration, I am blessed to see how my teenage girls grow in science. I joined Project Exploration because I enjoy offering inspiration in learning as I spend time together with the lovely girls of Sisters4Science – especially those who have never been exposed to “fun” science. Above all, I do not want them to be afraid of making mistakes. Science is truly a bout making mistakes. Without the mistakes, there’s no science!