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Alliyah Steele

July 12, 2016 - ThinkBIG Challenge -


          My name is Alliyah (Allie) Steele and I have the honor of winning ThinkSTEAM’s 2016 ThinkBIG Challenge. I’d like to share the process in which I created my video and a few of the things I’ve learned:

          I entered this Challenge due to my love of science, specifically astrophysics and computer science. More importantly, I wanted to help ThinkSTEAM in its quest to inspire girls to overcome stereotypes, and become involved in the fields of S.T.E.A.M.

          Because I enjoy video editing and have a love of science– it was right up my “Allie”! I used a variety of different applications to make my project. Some examples are:

  • Imovie
  • Photoshop
  • Quicktime Player
  • Itunes

          For the first time, I learned of far more female scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and artists; and, with extensive research, became familiar with how these different women contributed to the fields of S.T.E.A.M.  For instance, the German Mathematician, Emmy Noether, actually developed the equations Dr. Einstein needed for his Theory of Relativity.  He called her a “mathematical genius”; and yet, she received very little recognition.

          Other examples of this are, Adriana Ocampo, who discovered a massive underwater crater, and Dr. Christine Darden who was the first black woman to receive a degree in engineering. It is amazing how many extraordinarily capable women were denied the recognition they deserved.

          I tried to make my video in a format in which one would be introduced to several women in the fields of S.T.E.A.M through a montage of video, narration, graphics, music, and slides. I made certain to include as diverse a selection of woman, so that the message could apply to almost anyone.

          At the end of the video I felt it was essential to ask the viewer what they will do to better this world; therefore, encouraging them to brainstorm and propose new ideas.

          All in all, with young woman like Jothi Ramaswamy (the creator of ThinkSTEAM) providing venues, platforms, and pathways in S.T.E.A.M, many more young women will excel in these fields, making the world a far greater place!  



Alliyah (Allie) S.


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