By: Daisy Ruano
At the end of last year, near April, my mom had been given a paper about a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program at Girls Inc. She showed me the paper, and the moment I read it I said no. I didn’t want to be part of a program that would take a month of my summers for five years. My mom said I was going to attend an interview, and that was final. I felt the interview went well, mostly because both of us (the interviewer and myself) enjoy listening to music from the musical, Hamilton. In May, my mom received an email saying that I had been accepted into the program. On the first day, I found out the program started at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m.
During the first week, we went to Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Dallas and Denton. On the first day at TWU, we could participate in a simulation in which we had to perform cardiopulmonary (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator and bag valve mask. On the second day, we talked about diabetes and gave shots to foam footballs.
For the remainder of the four weeks, we continued doing projects and writing. TWU focused on medical fields, while Richland College showed us how to calculate the tolerance of a resistor using the electronic color code and taught us about engineering notations. The University of North Texas showed us the importance of plants and animal diversity, and Cedar Valley College taught us about rockets and even let us make small ones.
Going to Girls Inc. made it easier to understand FAFSA and gave me an idea of where I want to go for college. It’s a great opportunity to start in the 7th grade. I recommend it to girls in the 7th grade interested in STEM career fields.