Igniting A Passion for STEM

Igniting A Passion for STEM

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 11:00am

CAMPAIGN: STEM Education

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The spark that lit Joy’s passion for engineering occurred during her high school orientation. “The high school's FIRST robotics team rolled in their 5-foot robot and started to shoot T-shirts and soft sponge balls from their robot,” she said. “That was the moment that captivated me. I thought, I HAVE TO do that.”

Joining the electrical sub-team of her school’s FIRST Robotics team when she was a sophomore changed Joy’s life. The more she learned, the more confident she felt. She volunteered at FIRST events every year, serving as a role model and mentor to others. Her passion for electrical engineering eventually led to her participation in a hackathon where she and a friend met Qualcomm campus recruiting team lead, Courtney Lach.

“Courtney invited both of us to the Qualcomm® Student Accelerator program where we got the opportunity to interview and get an internship,” said Joy. “Now I work full-time with the Product & Tools Stability Test Team at Qualcomm. I enjoy what I do, and I think that is a blessing in life. A STEM program like FIRST, where they motivate students to work, compete, and have fun together in STEM, allowed me to take the first step towards this path."

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