Over the past 5 months I've been working on a new show for NBC! (I'm an actor) My sets were on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, California. On a future blog, I'd love to share all the neat engineering and technical jobs that one can find in the entertainment industry. But...that isn't all I've been up to! I also worked on an ExxonMobil campaign targeted at engineering students and spoke at a Girls in STEM event in Kansas City, for girls in grades K-12.
Earlier this summer I filmed a commercial for ExxonMobil. The spot featured STEM students in all sorts of majors - engineering, biochemistry, computer science. We filmed in the engineering labs at CalState Long Beach, which was super fun. During filming we each talked about why we think STEM is so important and how engineers are changing the world. The commercial was aimed at recruiting high schoolers into engineering programs and to pursue careers in STEM. Check out the commercial!
A few months later, in September, I traveled to Kansas City for a 'Girl in STEM' event put on my Time Warner Cable at Science City. I've worked a lot with TWC in the past, mostly on their Connect a Million Minds initiative, which is another STEM outreach program - geared mostly towards elementary through high school students. This event however was very special to me, because it was all about girls in STEM. Time Warner Cable actually partnered with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri to put this event on and there were thousands of girls there. I spoke at a panel, answering the girls' questions which was super fun.
Then I got to present in my very own booth. My presentation was on ballet dancing and the physics behind specific movements dancers do - explaining how they do what they do.
Another fun thing that I LOVE doing every year is going to the NASA/JPL open house with my robotics team. I love checking out the robots and all the displays. The day wouldn't be complete without a rover selfie!
Something else that I'm very proud of is being asked to be a judge at an off-season robotics competition called "Fall Classic" here in Southern California. My team usually hosts this event but this year, two other teams took on the task. I absolutely loved checking out all the team's robots and interviewing the students. It was so much fun to be on the other side of the table so to speak.
On another note, my robotics team recently went to an amazing group of workshops for the FIRST program. I took two classes, one on the new control system the program is getting and another class on systems engineering. The systems engineering class was so interesting, I never realized how much goes into that portion of planning a project. I have a habit of wanting to jump directly into the work, but I learned a lot about planning and organization from the workshop. Along with that, my team also just won a 3D printer - we are very excited to get it and can't wait to start playing! The new robotics game starts on January 1 so we are gearing up for that! Go Team 980 - Thunderbots!!!