Girls of the Future
Marymount is pleased to announce that two Upper School students were chosen as Girls of the Future by the American Association for the Advancement of Science! Sam D. ’22 and Alexys J. ’23 are two of the twelve inaugural winners of this honor that recognizes them for blazing new trails in STEM fields and for being excellent role models for other young women in STEM.
Through Marymount’s Independent Science Research elective, Sam secured a mentorship with MAGIC (More Active Girls In Computing). Sam and her mentor Jess Weinberg, a software engineer at Google, worked together on a robotics project inspired by the Mars rovers. They used two Arduino circuit boards to program their rover to collect temperature and humidity data and transmit it to an app to be analyzed. With no prior experience in robotics, this project allowed Sam to explore mechanics, electronics, and programming, while learning valuable lessons about troubleshooting, debugging, collaboration, and communication. This year, Sam will continue the project and expand into machine learning. She is thrilled to be named a Girl of the Future. “To me,” Sam says, “a Girl of the Future is someone who is passionate about something important to her, who wants to understand what she may not yet understand, and makes a point to listen to the world around her. I think the STEM mindset is all about closely studying, processing, and understanding new discoveries and novel things; our world could use a lot more of this appreciation of what’s different and a willingness to learn, change, and improve.”
With a strong interest in psychology, Alexys designed her Independent Science Research project to evaluate how social media affects adolescent beliefs and how teens learn from social media in general. Last year, she created and conducted a survey of high school students in New York City to explore how their beliefs were formed in relation to their parents’/guardians' beliefs and in comparison to social media’s influence. This year, Alexys is interested in pursuing a project that attempts to unpack how people’s perspective of themselves differs from others’ views of them. She is honored to be named a Girl of the Future and is excited to pursue a future career in STEM. “Through STEM, we can learn more about our world and continue to learn more about and understand each other,” says Alexys. “Over time, I believe STEM has the potential to bring people together and close the gaps between different societal groups to make us come together as humans with sharp, inquisitive minds.”