Junior Champion

Sarah Eckert

Through demonstrations and conversations, everyone at my school and in my community knows I’m involved with FIRST® Robotics. As a team member, I enjoy fabricating, building and wiring robots. I do extensive STEM volunteering to inspire and support the next generation of STEMists. Locally, I founded and operate My Maker’s Space™ which gives underrepresented and underserved kids access to hands-on STEM. I also collect and organise LEGO donations to send to kids in other countries.

Inventing, the freedom to be creative, innovating, solving problems, working with my hands, operating all kinds of machines and power tools, being empowered and empowering others makes me excited! Seeing kids happy when they accomplish something STEM-related makes me overjoyed!

My older brother got involved in STEM / FIRST® Robotics and it piqued my interest to do the same. Barriers I have faced include exclusion, people not listening to me and not valuing me or my ideas. I have overcome these obstacles by persevering through years of experience dealing with it, by ignoring naysayers, and by finding people who sincerely appreciate me and my out-of-the-box ideas.

In 2040, I would be thrilled to see a world where all people have access to STEM.

The most awesome thing I have done so far is...

Thus far, I am most proud that through hard work I have been able to learn a lot and maintain a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Advice I would give my 7 year old self...

“You’re good enough; don’t listen to or trust people who are disrespectful or tell you otherwise.”

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