First, check out our Être interview with super teen innovator Sammy Wolfe, who developed a new & revolutionary heated lacrosse stick (it heats to 100 degrees and yep, charges just like a cell phone) in middle school, potentially changing the game for devoted LAX athletes everywhere. Click here to read what she told Être about sports and young entrepreneurship, watch her on CBS below and read more about FingerFireTM here!
Sammy's so cool that her story caught fire! More about Sammy and other Être innovators can now be found alongside our interviews featured on The Children's Place's brand new Kidspiration blog! We so LOVE making friends who really "get" girlpower!
Then meet Jordan Reeves, who invented a glitter-shooting prosthetic arm when she was only 11 yrs old...and she's just getting started! (Photo - Celine Grourard)
Now check out 4GirlsTech...a company started by Mercer Henderson when she was just 14! Her company makes the coolest apps, raises money for social good and encourages girls exactly like you to become entrepreneurs! But WAIT...Mercer's talents don't stop there! A singer/songwriter, she just released her newest MUSIC VIDEO and we can't get enough (click below 2 play)!
We had 2 reach out to Mercer & ask the following Q:
Ê: You are an entrepreneur, an advocate for young innovators and a singer/musician - and you started ALL of these when you were our age! What advice would you give to today’s middle school girls who are nervous about taking the first step toward following their passions?
Mercer: First, nervous is normal! After my tech company started to do well, I began to think about sharing my other creative passions. I was super nervous about releasing my music but I was able to do it because I made a deal with myself. My deal is that as long as I am doing something I love, singing about things that matter to me and my friends, then the only opinion that matters is mine. You have to approach public display of your passions from a position of strength and belief in yourself. Don't let the potential of getting a few frowning or thumbs down emojis get in the way of your dreams.
Yep, we're crazy inspired too! Follow @mercer.henderson to keep up with her music & videos. We're HUGE fans!
NOW...come meet our hero Astronaut Abby, who at 13 became a Tedx public speaker about her dream to be the first astronaut to Mars!
Fast forward to today... Abby, while in college, founded The Mars Generation - a completely awesome non-profit inspiring young innovators in STEM and space! You can follow @TheMarsGen on insta here or check out their blog over here. #TheMarsGeneration
Need some more encouragement? Have an awesome idea but not sure anyone will actually, um...listen? Read our HuffPost piece below about what other young innovators want you to know, and why you should NEVER give up on a great idea! Like, ever.
"Stay true to yourself and continue to pursue your interests. Science isn't just for men and/or geniuses - it's time to break down these misconceptions."
"Science needs a champion," said our BFFs at 3M - so they named Dr. Jayshree Seth as the FIRST-EVER 3M Chief Science Advocate! She's the coolest (srsly, she has the top position in 3M's tech community & holds 60 patents!) and will be a game-changing science role model for girls everywhere. LUCKY US...she gave Être an INTERVIEW her FIRST DAY ON THE JOB!
"Keep doing what you're doing! Your enthusiasm for science is contagious and allows you to be advocates for science. Openly show how excited you are about science. Surround yourself with people who share your excitement so you can sustain your enthusiasm even during the hard times."
Click here to read the ENTIRE INTERVIEW and then stay tuned 4 more wise words for STEM girls from our newest mentor. Hey there, 3M...you're OUR champions!
Say hi to the 2017 WINNER of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, 11 year old Gitanjali Rao! This 6th grader hopes to reduce the time of lead detection in water by using her mobile app to get a nearly immediate status of water! Click here to watch her entry video and then click below to see her reaction to winning! We're just as excited!
We reached out to Gitanjali with some of our own questions...and SHE ANSWERED! Click here to read ÊTRE'S INTERVIEW with Gitanjali...we were so happy she took the time to talk with us & we can't wait to see what's next for this innovative & impressive girl!
Meet...Margaux Mitera! Margaux (pictured above with science buddy Maanasa Mendu) is a senior product development engineer with 3M and already has three patents pending! Margaux invents new Post-it® Notes products (yep, those things we use like crazy at Être), and before that she developed UV light-curing process technologies for adhesives and coatings to abrasives. Margaux is passionate about product research and development, and mentors young scientists in her spare time. She's another science celebrity & rolemodel!
What else can you do? Think. Create. Then enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2018! Why enter? You could be America's next Top Young Scientist! You could win $25,000. And...you could change the world with the ideas you enter! Take a look at the contest requirements and get your gr8 ideas ready!
For more info & inspiration, check out this piece in Thrive Global about why girls exactly like YOU should enter the #YoungScientist Challenge!
Looking 2 meet new friends with entrepreneurial goals like yours? Check out Girls With Impact - a live and online entrepreneurial college prep program just 4 girls! With cool summer programs and an annual Summit, Girls With Impact is a great way to meet like-minded teen innovators while springboarding your ideas into reality!
Finally...wondering how to get your amazing idea actually funded? Have we got a movie for you! Check out the trailer to She Started It, and then email us to find a screening near you. Girls, we're telling you...THIS is your new fav movie!