ABOUT

EVERYONE DESERVES S.T.E.M. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created during the COVID-19 pandemic when social distancing and school closures made in-person science camps impossible. Nevertheless, we hope to use the power of virtual platforms like Zoom to simulate the learning experience for K-12 students all across the nation. Unlike other science programs, the curriculum was designed to build interest in all aspects of STEM, starting with understanding the basics and then building upon those concepts. We will be employing didactic, interactive, and experimental learning tools to lay strong STEM foundations, with a strong emphasis on real-world applications.

Varun Madan
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Varun Madan, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I have done extensive honeybee conservation research at the University of Florida for the last four years, which has led me to present my work at various national/international science competitions such as Broadcom Masters and Regeneron ISEF. At the International Science and Engineering Fair, I have won the first place grand award of $5,000 along with a full-tuition scholarship prize. In my free time, I love to sing, perform theatrical productions, study Chinese, and play tennis. I am interested in protecting and unifying our great world someday, most likely through the vast mediums of Agricultural and Computer Science. 

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Fiona Ireland
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Fiona Ireland, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I am involved in our high school robotics team, and I love cooking, skiing, riding my bike, and playing games with my family and my dog. In the future, I plan to work hard and be an engineer, but also a leader, so that I can influence the progression of humanity in a positive way.

Neal Manocha
Senior at The Walker School

My name is Neal Manocha, and I am a senior at The Walker School in Marietta, Georgia. I am interested in pursuing a career in data science, but my current interests are computer science and statistics. In my spare time, I like to watch NBA footage, play Xbox, go to concerts and play soccer. I am experienced in Java and Python and I also have a background in robotics.

Ananya Bhateja
Freshman at Washington University in St. Louis

My name is Ananya Bhateja, and I am a freshman at Wahington University in St. Louis. I have conducted research at a Nanotechnology lab at UCF for two years, been a nationally ranked squash player for 4 years, and played a variety of instruments. I am also the founder of the Youth Health Club, which works with the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation to work towards a cure for T1D. I am passionate about pursuing a career in medicine in the future. Additionally, I love teaching these kids to be excited about learning science and believe that this joy is what will ignite their confidence to become more curious and adventurous when achieving their goals.

Hannah Luft
Freshman at the University of Florida 

My name is Hannah Luft, and I am a freshman at the University of Florida. I was one of the two Sunshine State Scholars for my county, which chooses top juniors interested in STEM every year to attend an event. I participate in brain bowl and Mu Alpha Theta and am part of the marching band leadership, where I play the clarinet. I have taken just about every AP STEM-related class I can, from biology and chemistry to computer science and calculus. I love genetics and astronomy, and hope to work in one of those fields in the future. 

Meera Kochhar 
Freshman at Princeton University

My name is Meera Kochhar, and I am a freshman at Princeton University. I absolutely love teaching math and languages. I work as a tutor at Mathnasium, lead my school’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, compete at the Florida State Spanish Conference, and have founded Connecting Through Language – a language learning service teaching English and Spanish to those living in India, Puerto Rico, and the United States. In my spare time, I love cooking, weightlifting, learning languages, and learning about economics and different cultures. In the future, I plan on combining my love for languages, economics and culture, and math to unify the world so that it can further advance as a whole.

Katerina Patounakis
Junior at Lake Mary High School

My name is Katerina Patounakis, and I am a junior at Lake Mary High School. I love science, especially astrophysics and quantum mechanics. I am also part of my school’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a captain on my school’s debate team, a math tutor at my school, and I am currently writing a novel. I believe Everyone Deserves STEM is a great way for me to give back to the community because of the amazing scientific opportunities it creates for so many children. In the future, I plan to pursue a career as an astrophysicist. 

Paarinita Dube
Senior at Winter Springs High School

My name is Paarinita Dube and I am a senior at Winter Springs High School. I have taken many STEM-oriented classes and competed/placed in many STEM competitions which elevated my interests in biology, computer science, and especially engineering. My favorite competition thus far was the national TSA electrical applications competition because I got the opportunity to learn so much about electrical engineering. As the only female competitors, my partner and I still came first place in both the state and national competitions. Aside from STEM, I am ranked first on my schools tennis team and I enjoy playing the piano. In the future I want to pursue a career in biotechnology and I hope I can use the skills I acquire to help others and make the world a better place.

David Johnston
Sophmore at Florida Polytechnic University

My name is David Johnston, and I am a sophmore at Florida Polytechnic University. I am pursuing a degree in computer science with a concentration on information assurance and cybersecurity. Prior to that, I attended Lake Mary High School and focused on taking science, engineering, and other technical electives. I participated on the Seminole County Public Schools Robotics team during my entire high school career. In my free time, I write programs and make machines to expand my learning. My skills are focused on computer science, physics, robotics, and mathematics.

Ayman Badaway
Junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Ayman Badawy and I am a junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I'm in my third year of doing Lincoln Douglas debate and I enjoy programming. I've programmed in around 4 languages before, but I'm best at Lua. I also love playing music; I've been playing the violin for around 6 years, and I enjoy playing guitar and piano sometimes, too. My favorite subject (other than computer science) was probably Biology. It was really challenging but very interesting and definitely rewarding! I joined Everyone Deserves STEM to try and use my knowledge and abilities to make a positive impact and help others.

Vrinda Madan
First year student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

My name is Vrinda Madan and I am a first-year medical student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I previously received my bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Over the years, I have conducted various research projects in fields ranging from infectious diseases to immunotherapy. I am passionate about research as it gives me the opportunity to push the boundaries of what we know while striving to better the lives of individuals. For my work, I have been honored to be recognized as an Amgen Scholar, SURP Scholar, National Siemens Semifinalist, and 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist & 9th place winner.

Adam Rothbaum
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Adam Rothbaum, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I enjoy using my telescope to view stars and planets, and learning anything I can about quantum physics, astronomy, cosmology, taxonomy, exobiology, multi-dimensional objects and complex numbers. I am interested in pursuing a career is cosmology, quantum physics, and/or astrophysics.

Anne Fang
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Anne Fang, and I am the president/founder of my school’s Another Chance Club which fundraises for kids with Leukemia. I have also won multiple National Scholastic Art awards. I Also partake in nanotechnology research at the University of Central Florida, and have taken AP Chemistry and AP Biology. I aspire to one day work in the medical field.

Alex Hynds
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Alex Hynds, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School who enjoys everything to do with computers and music. I’ve written four apps for the iOS App Store and plan to turn it into a career. I’m also the lead programmer of my school’s robotics team. Outside of the world of programming, I really enjoy playing cello and bass and composing various forms of music. In the future, I’d like to expand my programming knowledge through the use of many other languages and create some pretty interesting computer science contraptions.

Annika Vaidyanathan 
Senior at Winter Springs High School

My name is Annika Vaidyanathan and I am a senior at Winter Springs High School. I have a strong passion for all parts of S.T.E.M. and have been working on Science Fair projects and research since elementary school in both Physics and Engineering. In school, I have taken AP Biology, AP Computer Science, and of course AP Physics. Over the years I have competed in everything from Robotics to Cyberpatriots but love reading and enjoy being a part of debate and math teams! 

Ahmad Ismail
Senior at Adrian C. Wilcox High School

My name is Ahmad Ismail, and I am a senior at Adrian C. Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. Driven by my passion for science, I have participated in science fair research over the past years in the fields of medicine, microbiology, and medical technology. I was selected as a Broadcom Masters finalist in 2018 and have received recognition locally as well. I also serve as a member of my city’s youth commission and lead the speech/debate team at my school. Additionally, volunteering for a local STEM program, I believe that fostering the joy of STEM within younger children will allow them to become more observant in their communities and solve problems in society.

Isaiah Wilson
Junior at Oviedo High School

My name is Isaiah Wilson, and I am a rising Junior at Oviedo High School. Science has always been one of my greatest strengths academically, and my goals for the future are for me to become a physician. My hobbies include gaming, anime, learning new things, and reading. I hope that I can use Everyone Deserves STEM to teach as many children as possible during all of the science outreach programs.

Samrawit Samuel
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Samrawit (Samri G) Samuel, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I am  proficient in coding and mathematics. I have several leadership roles in the Orlando Math Circle, including the presidency of my school club. I am experienced in teaching STEM-related topics from OMC and volunteering at my local Boys and Girls Club. I have presented at the Florida Association of Science Teachers, participated in the Julia Math Robinson Festival, and have recently enjoyed sitting in on discourse from Girls Talk Math and the Jacob Institute. I engage in Everyone Deserves STEM as part of my vision to make STEM more inclusive to all and to engender a better outlook on STEM. Outside of this, I enjoy baking and playing archery.

Max Boger
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Max Boger and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. I am the lead designer on my school robotics team and have taken engineering summer courses at Bryn Mayr College and Johns Hopkins University. I have taken AP Computer Science Principles and AP Biology. I have also lead a robotics summer course in the past. I truly believe that Everyone Deserves STEM is such a wonderful way to make the field of the future as accessible and inclusive as possible. In the future, I plan on becoming a robotic surgeon so that I can help others in their time of need.

Kylie Kearon
Senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School

My name is Kylie Kearon, and I am a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. In both 8th and 9th grade, in my robotics classes, I received the robotics award regarding most effective design and efficiency of build; fabricating an idea where the robot executes a routine in an obstacle course. I have also taken AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics 1, as well a Forensics Study course where I practiced criminology. In addition to this, I am also a part of Girls Who Code and a math tutor for Geometry and Algebra students. Outside of academics, I am a Varsity lacrosse player looking to play at the collegiate level while studying biochemical engineering. I hope that Everyone Deserves STEM will influence and engage all to share my passion with the rest of the world through this opportunity.