I am a first-generation Ukrainian dedicated to fixing the social issues within the broader STEM gap.
Specifically, I focus on bringing STEM education to underfunded schools, promoting a healthy STEM
environment in classrooms, advocating for more female STEM teachers, and closing the confidence gap that
women face in engineering fields. I fulfill my passion through my initiatives, Proto, which makes 3D
printing accessible to all, and Alpha, which empowers women in STEM and leadership through fashion. To
further work towards my mission, I am an avid speaker and writer.
Clothing has always been incredibly personal to me; it is synonymous with my identity. Ever since I realized my femininity and began appreciating being a female engineer, and leader, I felt strong and empowered. I want to inspire this same confidence and empowerment in other girls by creating a brand that is stylish, workplace appropriate, and makes young women excited and proud to be in STEM. Our pieces range from having embroidered slogans to 3D-printed elements to live circuits. We are getting ready to launch this summer! Stay tuned!
After teaching at P.S. 67, I saw how much potential the students and school had for embracing 3D-printing, a game-changer in STEM education and education all-around. Knowing the school is underfunded and the staff is unexperienced to maintain a 3D-printer, I realized there is a 3D-printing accessibility gap. Wanting to solve this problem for my students and staff, I started Proto, a progressive web application that allows 3D-printer sharing between individuals, schools, and facilities with access to 3D-printers to those without access. 3D-printing is what made me realize my passion for engineering. Because of that my dream, is to make 3D-printing accessible to every young student, every teacher, and every school so that any young person can discover the engineer within them, just like I did.
While being an empowered woman, I realize that so much of my confidence and strength comes from my autonomy and ability to make decisions for myself. Because of that women's reproductive rights, educating young people, and fighting sex taboos has always been on my agenda. Getting to be an advisor for an up and coming organization that advocates for women, for reproductive health, and for improved sex education, through baking, is a dream come true. Enjoy a video of our most recent event!
Connect with Tech, is a three-year-old organization that focuses on creating educational STEM opportunities in underserved communities. After doing a number of amazing initiatives like 3D-printing the drawings of RMH patients or building computers for a school in Tanzania to have a programming class, I realized my goals for CWT are to bring STEM education where it is limited and can benefit many. Now, we are focused on starting year-round CS courses in schools around the world. CWT works with schools in Tanzania, Nepal, Venezuela, and Burundi to provide a custom curriculum, computers, and constant teacher support. Our goal is to bring CS to underdeveloped areas that could benefit the most from the technology and education. Learn more about the impact Connect with Tech had in Tanzania! Check out CWT!
In April, a group of students and myself organized Brooklyn's first hackathon for young adults. As the leading organizer, I was involved in designing branding materials, decorating the space, planning logistics, and finding sponsors. Our hackathon was 24 hours long and had unique prizes ranging from internships to VR headsets. Technight was a huge success thanks to ours sponsors and our hackers who came from a multitude of different states. Check us out!
I taught 3-5th graders the basics of mechanical engineering and programming through a Lego Mindstorms kit and a curriculum that I developed. Seeing how much my students excelled, I started an official Lego League Jr. Robotics team. Parents, students, and staff alike enjoyed the program immensely. I continued to share my love for engineering by introducing 3D-printing, circuitry, and Arduino to my students. My time with PS 67 has been extraordinary, I formed lifelong friendships with my students, learned tremendously about myself, and had wholesome fun throughout all of it! Take a look at my amazing students
I love everything that a Makerspace stands for: building, creating, innovating, learning, and experimenting Getting to work at NYU's Makerspace, and being the first high-school student to intern there as a Teaching Assistant, I was mesmerized by the tech community. While there, I learned how to use laser cutters, 3D-printers, vinyl cutters, and a variety of software and tools. Being in the makerspace and working on fun projects, led me to appreciate the beauty of engineering and my ability to create something out of nothing.