“My experience gives me hope for the future, because I know that there are people out there, such as the ones at Pipeline who are trying to elevate under-privileged communities and their youth and bringing us closer to equity in not just education but all aspects of society.”
1. Which community did you volunteer at, and what did you work on while you were there?
My introduction to ASB was 5 years ago, when I volunteered for EASB at La Push. This year I was volunteering at Granger High School, in the Yakima Valley. At Granger, my team worked on exposing the students to the engineering design cycle (ideation, design, test and iterate) by having them build, test and race mouse-trap cars while pretending that the cars were Mars rovers.
2. How has being a part of ASB impacted your goals and dreams for the future?
When I did ASB for the first time in 2013, it actually led me to make a field change from Biology to Engineering (strangely). But doing the STEM ASB has been an inspiring experience for me because of the amazing people I got to work with like my team of UW students, people at Pipeline and the wonderful students at Granger. My experience gives me hope for the future, because I know that there are people out there, such as the ones at Pipeline who are trying to elevate under-privileged communities and their youth and bringing us closer to equity in not just education but all aspects of society.
3. What is a favorite memory you have during your time with ASB?
My favorite memory is the car ride back to Campbell Farm with my team where everyone is tired from the day at school, but feeling really satisfied and proud of what we had achieved throughout the day even if things didn’t go as planned. During that time we would also share memorable/funny interactions with the students at school and contemplate the day’s work.