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Artificial Intelligence

By Rachelle Soh and Audrey Wilson

18 April 2019

Hello STEM Sisters! Long time no blog post. Both of us have been very busy with schoolwork. Anyways, I read an article two days ago about how Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we live and operate. For example, in recent years, there is a dramatic increase in the number of driver assistance systems in cars: unintentional line crossing warning, blind spot control, and automatic recognition of traffic signs. In 2019, look out for another technological innovations: facial recognition while driving. Some models of Lexus and Cadillac and Subaru Forester can scan the driver’s face and alert the slightest sign of fatigue.

The use of artificial intelligence is also found in Humanoid Robots. One of the most popular and well-known humanoid robots is Sophia the Robot. Powered by artificial intelligence, Sophia receives information from her environment and is able to respond when prompted. She was even featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

To learn more about Sophia the Robot, click here: https://www.hansonrobotics.com/sophia/

For more information on the latest key technology trends for 2019, check out

https://www.technology.org/2019/04/02/latest-technology-trends-in-unmanned-vehicles/

Until next time STEM Sisters,

Rachelle and Audrey


Get to Know Us!

18 March 2019

Hello STEM Sisters!

In order to get to know us a little better, in this blog post we will be sharing about our experiences and love for STEM.

  1. What was your first experience in STEM?

Rachelle: I remember in third grade my parents signed me up for iSPACE classes where I would learn how to program LEGO Mindstorms robots. Although I was the only girl in these classes, I still had a great time learning how to program.

Audrey: At my grade school, science wasn’t an actual subject for a long time. So in fourth grade, my class would walk down to science once a week. We would do all sorts of labs and tables to teach us about things like erosion, evolution, light, etc. I specifically remember a table with a fake flooded town to teach us about mudslides and natural disasters.

  1. Where did you find your love for STEM?

Rachelle: Each person’s path to finding their passion is different. That was definitely the case for me. My journey to discovering my love for STEM was at a science camp in 7th grade. My Dad discovered this opportunity for this camp and wanted me to apply, but I was initially not excited about it. Eventually, I decided to apply and was selected along with 14 other girls in the state of Ohio to participate in the science program. There, I learned about water quality and how to implement the scientific process with what we were learning. Getting the opportunity to listen to women professionals speak about their love for their STEM careers sparked something in me. It’s like I had an eureka moment. Even though I didn’t know what I wanted to pursue in STEM, I made a promise to myself that I would join other women in this emerging field.

Audrey: As a kid, I signed up for many classes, but I never enjoyed what we learned. They were all the same. The classes would always teach us how to use Scratch, even though it was taught in our technology class during school. However, it wasn’t until Ursuline that I began to realize the fun of coding. During freshman year, in Introduction to Technical Communications, we were told that we would have to design a website in HTML and CSS. This large task made me have many mental breakdowns. But I liked that I was able to do it. I liked that I saw the steps of what it took to create something that people use everyday—a website. I liked that code worked like puzzle piece. Everything about it made me fall in love with the process of coding.

  1. What STEM related major do you want to pursue in college?

Rachelle: Currently, I intend on pursuing in data science.

Audrey: I want to major in computer science.

  1. Were you always sure of what you wanted to pursue in college?

Rachelle: For me, my focus and interests have shifted. Before 9th grade, I wanted to be a computer science engineer. However during my freshman year I wasn’t able to picture myself loving my career for a life time. There was a period in my life where I knew I wanted to major in a STEM-related field, but didn’t know which! That all changed for me during Junior year. Taking AP Statistics opened my eyes to how data was so interesting and prevalent to our lives. Then I discovered the major data science. It’s the perfect mix of data science and computer science. This major combines my interests into one.

Audrey: I have never been sure. I’m still not sure. Many people can probably tell, I am very indecisive. As a kid, I wanted to be a doctor, princess, chef, photographer, vet, musician, artist, etc. But after narrowing it down to a major and career with technology, I’m still not sure. That is why I like computer science. It gives a wide range of options, and yet it can be specialized if you choose to take other classes too. It’s a combination of what I like about technology and opportunity.

Until next time STEM Sisters,

Rachelle and Audrey


Previous Posts:

STEM Week Recap and Current STEM Opportunity
By Rachelle Soh and Audrey Wilson

13 March 2019

We hope you all enjoyed STEM week! We both enjoyed planning this week and we hope it opened your eyes to the endless opportunities that STEM careers can offer you.

If you are interested in looking for more resources to jump-start your interest in STEM, here are a few websites we recommend:

Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/

Made With Code: https://www.madewithcode.com/

Built by Girls: https://www.builtbygirls.com/

Discover Engineering: http://www.discovere.org/


STEM Opportunity!

Thanks to Mrs. Rose, she has notified us of a current STEM opportunity:

The Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. If you wish to attend, fill out the online application in advance of the April 4, 2019 application deadline.

A flyer from the event is attached here!

A link to the application can be found here: https://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/

Until next time STEM Sisters,

Rachelle and Audrey



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