How being raised by proud bird nerd parents gave me an appreciation for the natural world
My love for nature has always been a major part of my life. Before I could even walk my parents were taking me out on the hiking trails in their backpack and showing me around the base of waterfalls. All of our family vacations were to beautiful parts of nature and were based around hiking destinations, giving me a great appreciation for the natural world.
However, my parents were not ordinary hikers. They were birders.
Now when you picture birders, you probably imagine people walking around with giant cameras, 3 pairs of binoculars and stacks of birding books. Well, you are pretty spot on in the case of my parents.
The workings behind the lowering of light
Although engineering is often associated with things like rockets and coding, there is engineering in the everyday objects around us! When I was in school as a mechanical engineering major, I had friends that had engineering internships everywhere from Gillette to Caterpillar to Nestle. Engineers are needed to plan out how things are manufactured, how food packaging is designed, the patterns of stoplights and more. In this new blog series, Everyday Engineer, we are going to be looking at the engineering behind some of the everyday objects around us.
Today: Dimmer switches
Outwardly, these handy switches may appear simple. Move them one way and the light gets brighter, move them the other way and it gets darker. However, there is more going on behind the scenes.
I had an awesome experience yesterday morning and got to be on live national television for the first time! I had the opportunity to chat with Stephanie Abrams and Jen Carfagno on the Weather Channel about science, fashion and my start-up Sci Chic.
Since I grew up with a mom that was obsessed with weather (we affectionately call her Weather Mom), it was an early Mother’s Day present for her, and a really exciting opportunity for me! Since it was my first time doing this, a few things surprised me about the experience that I was not expecting.
On a mission to show the art and creativity in science, technology and engineering.