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#STEMbassador Senior Spotlight: SIMONE WILLIAMS

Delran Senior and STEM Ambassador, Simone Williams, right, helps visitors select images for a design in the Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab.

What made you want to become a STEM Ambassador in the first place?

I’ve always had an interest in STEM but I became an Ambassador because I wanted to expand my knowledge in the field as well as help educate others interested in this field.

What has been your biggest learning curve in the lab?

In my opinion the biggest learning curve is learning how to use all the technology is the lab, there’s always new things you can discover and learn to do with the machinery.

What tool do you like best and why?

I like the 3-D printer the most. It’s my favorite because you can create virtually anything that you can imagine with it.

How is the lab helping you see potential in your future plans for college or career?

Working in the lab has made me more interested in the possibility future technologies that can be applied to my future field, for instance we may be able to 3-D print surgical tools in the near future.

What has been your biggest success in the lab so far?

My biggest success in the lab is getting younger kids to be interested in the STEM field.

What are you most proud of from your experiences as a STEM Ambassador?

From my experiences as a STEM Ambassador I am most proud that every time I go into the lab I always learn something new. There’s always something new you can learn in the lab and I am proud that I have been able to experience that.

What are your plans for next year?

I plan to attend Tuskegee University and major in veterinary sciences.

Delran STEM Ambassadors are Delran High School students selected from applicants because they demonstrated a passion for STEM, and possessed outstanding communication skills. Much like an internship, STEM Ambassadors have participated in rigorous training within the Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab space. These learning opportunities are not available to most high school students in our country, since the idea of digital fabrication has only begun to grow in the K-12 sector, to meet the needs of Workforce Development. Delran's STEM Ambassadors have experienced and now taught others in computer-aided design software in 2D and 3D, including Corel Draw, FabMakerStudio, Tinkercad, etc. STEM Ambassadors have utilized these digital design skills to fabricate on vinyl cutters, 3D printers, laser cutters and die cut machines. While teaching others, including younger students in community outreach programs, and adults in staff professional development programs, STEM Ambassadors share their expertise with others. We are certain that this platform for intelligent, relevant communication and positive interaction, will encourage our STEM Ambassadors to be at the forefront of the next generation of STEM innovators.

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