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Beverly Hills High School Robotics Team Hosts Women in STEM

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:19 pm

By Sandra Sims

The Beverly Hills High School (BHHS) Robotics Team hosted a “Women in STEM” event for Beverly Vista Middle School (BVMS) students on Jan. 17. Senior Eva Danesh, President of the Business-Robotics Team called MorTorq, said that the motivation behind the event was to outreach and inspire younger students —especially females—who may not otherwise consider careers in the male-dominated STEM field. “MorTorq’s mission is to empower and inspire younger generations to explore careers and pathways in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship,” Danesh told the Courier.

The panel discussion took place at Beverly Vista Middle School in the auditorium right after lunch period. Students attended as part of 7th grade science classes. “I am happy that our middle school students are having a chance to see what futures in STEM can look like,” said BVMS teacher Alana Castanon.

Danesh added that MorTorq wanted to convene a panel that represented diverse professions in the STEM field. “STEM is not only aerospace engineering – it is programming, medicine, and more.” She added, “We finalized with four successful women who truly exemplified the meaning of our series: Dr. Liz Warren, an Operations Lead for the International Space Station Medical Project; Alexis Crane, former NASA researcher and current BVMS STEM teacher; Ariella Simoni, a former lead programmer of our team and current USC bioengineering major; and Dr. Taraneh Noorvash, a local orthodontist. They each spoke about how they achieved their phenomenal success, the obstacles they overcame, and the drive they were able to discover within themselves. Their words truly resonated with our audience and their presence demonstrated the power and opportunity girls have in STEM.”

For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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