Sheyenne Harris has been a consistent volunteer at the Michigan Science Center, and can be found assisting at various MiSci events. She is our April 2019 volunteer of the month and you can learn more about her and her passion for volunteering and STEM below.
I am a student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, majoring in Environmental Engineering. My goal in life is to use my knowledge of air quality/pollution to help reduce the effects of climate change on our planet. Every summer since my freshman year, I have interned at engineering companies in Michigan, as well as studied abroad in both Spain and Italy. This summer I will be traveling to Greenland to do atmospheric science research and I will be interning at the Goddard Space Flight Center for NASA doing air pollution regulatory work.
Being an underrepresented minority in my everyday life, whether it be my work or courses, I have learned to value the STEM field very highly. I am very passionate about diversifying the engineering field and creating opportunities for other minorities who love math and science. This is what influenced me to become a volunteer for the Michigan Science Center.
My favorite part about volunteering at MiSci is seeing the joy on the children’s faces when they learn something new about STEM through interactive activities. Kids are natural born scientists in their own right due to their curiosity and strong sense of discovery. In order to improve minority representation in the engineering field, we must expose the younger generation to it early on, and volunteering at MiSci has provided me with this opportunity. The Michigan Science Center has a great atmosphere and I love that they are working towards giving students a space to explore and discover STEM. Being a part of the MiSci team has been very rewarding for me and hopefully for the students who I get to interact with.
When I think of MiSci, the following quote comes to mind:
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – John Dewey
I hope to continue volunteering with the Michigan Science Center and making an impact on students’ lives.