Week 7: The End

This was the final week of Empowered and it was amazing and sad. We had a bunch of great things happen like a great speaker and our end of program presentation. All of our families came to see our progress and it made it even more fun. Today, Thursday,  we went to the escape room! It was so fun and I’m going to miss Empowered. It was such a great experience!!!  Continue reading “Week 7: The End”

Website Adventure for YPAR

My partner Torinae Norman and I chose a topic to make a website for YPAR. Our topic is Women in STEM, more specifically, women in biomedical enginnering. This is our adventure:


On Monday, we collaborated on building a website that brings awareness to the dearth of women in STEM-related fields, primarily biomedical engineering. At first, it was a bit tricky for us to find a specific idea we wanted to focus on, but we did know that we wanted it to be related to STEM fields. We looked at what we are interested in, Victoria: science; Torinae: art; and then we got it: biomedical engineering. It mixes both science and the creativity side of art. The great thing about our collaboration is that we work well together and get work done. So, the process of becoming a team and building on our topic was a very fluid one.


On Tuesday, we solidified our topic for the website and read up on articles related to women in biomedical engineering. There were many articles about biomedical engineering as a field, but not about how few women are in the field. This made us even more sure of our topic, because we realized even more that there is such a deficit of women in this STEM-related field. If it was hard to find articles about women in biomedical engineering, we just thought about how hard it was for women in the field to be recognized. We started out loving our topic, but we fell more in love with it the more that we researched it.



On Wednesday, we collabrated and edited our website. The information we had collected in our research was put onto the page and formated in a way that many could understand. We made variuos sections of our page to highlight the key points of women in biomedical engineering and how it would affect a younger audience. We wanted to our website to convey the message that there are so few women in this field. We also wanted to propose possible solutions to try to fix this issue, starting with encouraging young girls to be interested in STEM. One of the challenges that we faced was writing in a way that everyone could understand. Since our topic is so “big,” it is important to translate it into simpler terms. We still have plentry to do, and are excited to see the finished product.


Thursday, we edited our website a lot! It was kind of a long haul because we wanted to go ahead and finish as much as we could, preferably finish it. After some trial and error, we were able to get our website to a place we like for it to be. We still have a few things to do here and there, like perfecting the mobile app, but we are pretty much finished and ready to share it!


On Friday, we added more materials on our page. These materials made our site more accessible and connected to more audiences. We aimed to connect to youth ages 10+. The additional edits also allowed our page to expand in content and in quality. Lastly, we added a call to action to get the word out about women in biomedical engineering. We wanted to add importance to the spreading of our main topic: Women in Biomedical Engineering.

End of Week Five, Beginning of Week Six


Last week, we started the dreadful Swift Playgrounds. Swift is a platform on which we learn coding. It is different than HTML and CSS, but also similar in the sense that it is coding. We also had an amazing speaker, Dr. Tanya Franklin, who is an OB/GYN. She is very inspiring and said something that will stick with me: Time will pass anyway, you might as well do something meaningful.

We also had Akwelle as a guest speaker. She talked about intersections in communities, primarily LGBT+ youth in the black community. It was very eye-opening and not something that I would have thought about.


Today, we have formulated our ideas for a documentary we will create. My partner ,Torinae, and I will be doing ours on the dearth of women in STEM, primarily Biomedical Engineering.


The End of Week Four

July 5, 2018

This was a pretty chill week for me. I finished tasks ahead of my schedule last week, so I was able to chill and help others out for the majority of my time. There was a lot of time to think about week one to now. I have accomplished so much and have obtained so much more knowledge about various topics (more than I had anticipated). I have made new friends and have a broader outlook on life than when I started.

At this point, I am able to make a pretty decent website from scratch and over the next few weeks, we are going to learn about 3-D printing and maybe app development!! I am so excited to see how much more I can grow and evolve from this program.

July 2, 2018

This past Saturday the team and I went downtown and visited a startup business workshop. At the beginning of the program, we knew that we were meant to build websites for these businesses, and that is what we did. It was a great experience to just see how it actually is to start a business. This is a great opportunity and it didn’t even feel like it was work to be honest. It was just fun. It’s is especially fun because we got to work with these real-life business owners and help them out. I can’t wait to see how we will be able to help them later on in the program.

June 21st Blog Post

June 21, 2018


What was the most challenging and interesting part about your second week?

I started my website this week, and it has proven to be both fun and challenging. It is fun to have the freedom to be able to do the website the way that I want. Despite the fact, it is stressful at times because there isn’t a Guil to guide me on what I need to do. Overall, it is an amazing, kind of out-of-body experience to be able to WRITE CODE for a website! Never in a million years would I have been able to do this two weeks ago.

What was your biggest take-away from both speakers?

Both speakers were very inspiring. One, Stacey Servio (sp), is all about women empowerment and the environment. The other, Angelique Johnson, created a new type of cochlear implant. I was inspired by both of our speakers, but Dr. Johnson really made me feel that I could do anything. I want to go into medical/pharmaceutical research and possibly open my own business, so seeing her do BOTH makes me feel hopeful.


Biggest thing you have learned about yourself this week?


I learned again that I am capable of any and everything. I have so much potential in subjects that I didn’t know I had the capacity for. I keep surprising myself the more time goes on, and I can’t wait to see what else I am capable of.

First Blog Post

June 14, 2018


What was the most challenging and interesting part about treehouse your first week?

The most challenging part about using Treehouse this first week was retaining all of the information that was given. It was extremely difficult to not only learn, but also retain all of the information without taking notes. The most interesting part about Treehouse would be everything that you could learn in only a matter of minutes. It doesn’t take long at all to learn a plethora of skills about HTML and CSS.

What was your biggest take-away from both speakers?

Two great speakers gave very informative and interesting presentations this week. The biggest take-away from Eric would be learning how machine learning (ML) is used in everyday life, ranging from something as simple as browser history to figuring out if a tumor is malignant or benign. Ms. Fitzpatrick’s speech was helpful in the way that she gave many helpful hints when it came to web design, networking, and starting your own business. Both speakers presented insightful, helpful information that will be very useful in upcoming lessons on Treehouse and in the real world.


Biggest thing you have learned about yourself this week?

The biggest thing I learned about myself this week was that I am not the type of person that can be in a cubicle all day. It’s not that it was so much of a problem that it makes me want to quit, but it is definitely not what I would want to spend my day doing. I have to be moving around every now and then, which is why I am appreciative of our breaks that we can take and the walks we go on together. Without those breaks, it would definitely make this program difficult.

Another contender for what the biggest thing I have learned about myself this week would be that I actually am capable of learning whatever I want. People always say that you can do anything you put your mind to, but without being able to see it for yourself, it just begins to feel like “an old saying.” This week has proven to me that I can do virtually anything. This time last week, the only thing I knew about coding was that it was just “a bunch of letters and numbers that made something, somehow”; now, I am able to use those “letters and numbers” and make them into “something, somehow.” In short, this week (from this specific perspective) has told me that anything can be learned by anyone.

With any new skill that you try to learn, you will always discover something about yourself that you did not know. This is why it is important to learn as much as you can, because without learning, you would know nothing about that subject or yourself. Learning new skills also give you the ability to look at the world in a different way, which is vital for any person anywhere in the world. Learning breeds knowledge; knowledge breeds perspective; perspective breeds success.

Get to know me a bit

Who I am will be revealed throughout my website, but here are some things that aren’t particularly interesting or important, but they do tell a bit about my person.

My favorite book
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My favorite musical artist
My humor