Megan Jacob

Student, Dougherty Valley High School

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Never be afraid to try new things, you don't know if you like it till you try.

What do you do?

I am a student who is a strong advocate for women in STEM and is passionate about exploring computer science and technology. I lead my own organization, Tech Girls United, as I strive to provide more opportunities and outreach for girls interested in tech topics. I am also a Creative Director at Reinvented Magazine, where we strive to reinvent the perception of women in STEM. I also co-founded a robotics organization, Think Fast Robotics, we teach girls about robotics and also create a robot for the VEX competition season. Throughout my various experiences I have been able to explore computer science and STEM further, constantly learning more, as I seek to bring opportunities to others.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose to pursue my interests in Computer Science at a hackathon I attended. After experiencing the hackathon environment and technical wonders that CS brings, I was able to find my passion for the subject. From there I have been constantly exploring different aspects of Computer Science as I have worked with web development and am currently exploring the depths of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. I have been taking open courseware and gaining intern experience that has guided me in my learning. I have also been able to get constant support from my family and other role models who have helped pave a way in STEM for me.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

One achievement I wish younger me would have known was possible, was being interviewed for my work in the industry. It was an accomplishment that allowed me to realise that I was able to make an impact on my community and it was being recognised by others around me.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because of the constantly advancing industry that challenges people to think and work harder. The industry is constantly evolving with new innovations that spark new trends. I enjoying being a part of the technological advancement of today's society. Everyday I look forward to seeing what I can build and the impact I can make with the power of STEM.

Best advice for next generation?

Never be afraid to try new things, you don't know if you like it till you try.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Your limitation - it's only your imagination

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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