Getting paid for sharing your passion on social media

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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on February 17, 2019

Last month the winners of the inaugural #ILoveSTEM social media competition were announced. Each winner shared why they love STEM with their friends on social media, and earned cash in return. Their posts received the most positive feedback and engagement from friends and followers when compared to the posts of other participants.

This competition was created to start a conversation among Caribbean social media users and reward diligent Caribbean STEM students or any Caribbean national who is considering a career in STEM.

STEM is thrilling and has many fulfilling career opportunities. We believe that if we continue to talk about STEM, others could be inspired and not be daunted by math or science subjects. And why not get paid for sharing your passion?

We would like to thank our sponsors, eLearning Kings and E.C.Athletix. Meet the three winners below and learn about their experiences.

1st Place: Catherine Edmund

Source: Catherine Edmund

Catherine Edmund from the island of Saint Lucia, won the top prize of US$100. She’s currently a senior student at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida in the United States. She’s majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In her winning post she celebrated her remarkable achievement of attaining a GPA of 3.9 and above in the Fall 2018 semester. In addition to her love for STEM, Catherine loves sports and craft. In the future she hopes to become a licensed engineer and project manager for a civil engineering or construction firm.

Read about Catherine below:

Why did you choose to participate in the #ILoveSTEM competition?

I chose to participate in the #ILoveSTEM competition because it was [a] fun way to share my passion for STEM with others and be rewarded for it. I was also encouraged to participate by my younger sister.

What inspired your winning ILoveSTEM post?

My winning #ILoveSTEM post was inspired by one of my most recent achievements related to STEM which was being listed on the University of South Florida’s Dean’s List for the 2018 Fall semester.

This competition was quite different from traditional STEM competitions. What did you enjoy most about it?

In this competition, I enjoyed being able to show my love for STEM without being judged on an actual STEM application such as the building of a model.

What is your favorite subject(s) in school and why?

At present, I do not have any favorite subjects but I prefer the courses directly related to my concentration such as structures and concrete design since I can visualize their application in my future career.

What STEM-related clubs/organizations/societies are you/have been a part of?

I am a member of several STEM-related organizations/clubs which include the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Women Engineers.

What hobbies do you have outside of STEM-related activities?

I have several hobbies which include playing sports such as tennis and netball. I also enjoy playing the steel pan and dancing salsa. I love to shop, travel, go to the beach and do fun, adventurous activities. I also have a love for doing creative stuff such as designing nails, making craft items and decorating for events.

Do you have any STEM role models? If yes, why do you look up to them?

My STEM role models are my dad and older sister. They have great passions for their specialties and are well known for their successes in their respective fields. My dad is a food chemist and my sister is a marine and environmental scientist.

Who has been the most inspirational person in your life thus far?

The most inspirational person in my life thus far has been my mom. She is someone with a beautiful personality who is always willing to help people whether she knows them or not.

Tell us about a STEM project or competition you previously participated in, if any.

Other than the #ILoveSTEM competition, I can’t recall participating in any other competitions or projects. I do hope to participate in some in the near future.

2nd place: Ravi Sankar

Source: Ravi Sankar

Our second place winner is Ravi Sankar from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Ravi lives in San Fernando and is a past pupil of the Gasparillo Secondary School where he wrote and passed seven (7) CSEC subjects. Ravi is currently attending St. Kevin’s College where he is pursuing two additional CSEC subjects: Geography and Physics. Ravi hopes to begin his aviation course at the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority in September 2019.

We asked Ravi to share a little about himself and his decision to enter the competition:

Why did you choose to participate in the #ILoveSTEM competition?

I entered the #ILoveSTEM competition because I found it [to be] a platform where I could share with the world my love for STEM so that others can come to love it too.

What inspired your winning #ILoveSTEM post?

My inspiration for my winning the #ILoveSTEM competition is that I found that using STEM education you can do anything.

This competition was quite different from traditional STEM competitions. What did you enjoy most about it?

I enjoyed sharing with the world my opinion of what STEM can teach us and how it could help my country.

Tell us about any other STEM project or competition you previously participated in.

I was enrolled in a STEM and NIHERST workshop or competition in which I was placed in groups. We were given a task to build a project that can benefit society in today’s world. My group and I built an automatic fish feeder because we found that most fish-owners do not have time to feed their fish, therefore the feeder would feed the fish twice daily.

What is your favorite subject(s) in school and why?

My favourite subjects are English Literature, because I learn best through drama, [and] also Information Technology because I love using computer programs to solve problems and to explore.

What STEM-related clubs are you a part of?

I am still a proud member of the Gasparillo Secondary School Eco-Activist club.

What hobbies do you have outside of STEM-related activities?

Other than STEM related activities I am currently head of a community group which is involved in organising toy drives for Christmas and donating to the less fortunate. I have also been a part of Gasparillo Secondary School RBC Young Leaders [where] we held bookbag drives, food drives and other volunteering activities.

Who has been the most inspirational person in your life thus far?

The most inspirational persons in my life are my parents because whatever problems may come my way they always tell me to find the best solutions and always lead me on the right path to success.

3rd place – Bradley Downer

Source: Bradley Downer

The 3rd place winner is Bradley Downer from Guyana. Bradley has passed 8 CSEC subjects exams and recently finished an environmental health assistant course with the Ministry of Public Health in Guyana. He would like to pursue a career in programming and is currently a member of STEMGuyana where he assists with teaching students robotics. He loves writing articles and short stories.

Learn more about Bradley below:

Why did you choose to participate in the #ILoveSTEM competition?

I wanted to represent my country and organisation (STEMGuyana).

What inspired your winning #ILoveSTEM post?

The fact that I’ve seen improvement in Guyana, since STEMGuyana [has] started working with both public and private schools. The children are amazed, when they’re able to build and program bots. STEMGuyana also participated in the FirstGlobalChallenge(FGC) and based on the plans, we’ll extend to other parts of the country, so as to ensure that youths know about robotics and programming etc.

This competition was quite different from traditional STEM competitions.

What did you enjoy most about it? The fact that I can write and express about the work which STEMGuyana did and is currently doing.

Tell us about any other STEM project or competition you previously participated in.

I’m a dream team member of STEMGuyana and we assist in teaching students (robotics) – We use the MRT kits to do that. I also worked with the STEMGuyana’s team, in building ‘Panthera’. Panthera is the bot the team used to participate in the First Global Challenge Last year.

What is your favorite subject(s) in school and why?

My favorite subject(s) within school, are the sciences. I’ve always loved the sciences and my careers are within the science areas.

What STEM-related clubs are you a part of?

The only stem organisation I’m a part of is STEMGuyana.

What hobbies do you have outside of STEM-related activities?

I love writing articles and short stories.

Do you have any STEM role models? If yes, why do you look up to them?

My STEM role model is Ms. Karen Abrams (co founder of STEM Guyana). The fact that she’s always motivating us to achieve our goals. She treats everyone with respect and is always hard working and dedicated towards STEM.



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