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.
Growing up I was a HUGE fan of making things. From paper towel tube marble runs to KNEX roller coasters, my parents’ home was a constant workshop for my creations. Therefore, its no surprise that even after getting my B.S. in mechanical engineering, I am still a building toy fan. Give me a bin of LEGOS and I would happily play for hours.
However, the market for building toys continues to expand beyond the traditional ones that we all know and love. There are some great new ones to explore! Recently 3 new toys have caught my eye that I just had to share.
With all of the news about the Magic School Bus coming back, I have a feeling I am going to get a lot more use out of my Ms. Frizzle costume. I think we are going to see a lot of STEM loving people wanting to create Ms. Frizzle costumes for their classrooms, events, Halloween, etc, so I figured now would be a good time to put together a little guide on how I put my Ms. Frizzle costume together!
I have a great love for this character. I grew up watching the show constantly, my favorite episode being the episode where the class explores the solar system. This prompted my choice to create her space inspired ensemble.
My 3D printers are definitely the most important engineering equipment in my life right now. I currently have two with plans to get more and I get asked a lot of questions about them, so I figured here is a good place to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions about my 3D printers.
When I go to in person events to talk about 3D printing, sure I get asked about the 3D printer I use, but surprisingly, the more common question I get asked is what all of the 3D printed objects are made from. I wanted to take a moment and clarify the material that goes into these machines to create final 3D printed products.
Sci Chic’s journey of expanding and pivoting in the world of entrepreneurship
Passing the one year mark as an entrepreneur is a big milestone, but also makes you do some reflecting. I started my company Sci Chic back in October 2015 during my 4th year as a mechanical engineering student at the University of Florida. Inspired by my experiences at outreach events, my goal with founding Sci Chic was creating a tangible connection to STEM topics, sparking everyday conversations about science, and encouraging young girls in science and engineering. Over the past year we have done this by creating science and engineering inspired jewelry using 3D printing and pairing it with educational materials.
One woman’s international STEM journey to empower melanin genius
Ruth Agbaji is the founder of an online community for black millennial women in STEM and although her journey started in a different area of study and a different continent, her whole career has been leading up to this.
Growing up in Nigeria, Ruth Agbaji was surrounded by STEM. From her parent’s work in chemistry to her family’s Commodore 64 computer that was always available for tinkering, Agbaji grew up in one of the few families at the time with the opportunity to dive into cutting edge technology.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift shopping is in full swing. It can be hard to find the perfect thing to express your feelings, and maybe aren’t sure what to buy.
Well 3D printing is here to help! There are some amazing resources online for making the perfect custom gift for your loved one, and you don't even need to own a printer! Check out these 5 options below.
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