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    Posted August 29, 2014 by
    Southern Maryland, Maryland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Girls in STEM

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    Zoe Breaking the Norm in Science, Technology and Aeronautics


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn leapt at the chance to feature her granddaughter Zoe in this assignment as she is 'anything but in the norm.' She is proud of the fact that Zoe doesn't let anything - including her disease - hold her back from her dreams.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Zoe is my granddaughter . She has always broken the norm .
    As a little girl she preferred making paper airplanes or rockets , always having a 'project' she was busy with.
    We had to save every paper clip, rubber band, duct tape and empty paper towel center we happened to have.
    She is a Senior in high school this year majoring in Aeronautic Technology.
    This past summer she received a scholarship to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola ,Florida.
    Among many activities for the students, there was a staged emergency to rescue people from a ship that was headed to crash into a cargo hauler laden with toxic waste. The students in pairs all had access to a flight simulator and were required to plan and carry out a rescue.
    Zoe's team was successful. She says she had the time of her life.
    She also participates in a robotics program after school. Their mission is "To Inspire our community to celebrate science, technology,engineering and mathematics by teaching life skills in a fun environment and providing an opportunity to apply this knowledge'
    The team participates in First Robotics Competition
    or FRC , Varsity Sport for the mind.
    The students build robots and program them to compete in robotic games, nationally and locally. At the Nationals there were students from around the globe participating.
    RoboBees, the team  Zoe participates in after school has been honored to receive several awards that include:
    Regional Winners Greater Pittsburgh area 2014
    Engineering Inspirational Award Greater Pittsburgh 2014
    Motorola Quality Award North Carolina 2014
    Delphi's Engineering Excellence Award Washington DC 2013
    Regional Chairman's Award 2013 Palmetto
    Entrepreneurship Award 2013 Palmetto
    Regional Chairman's Award Chesapeake 2012
    Motorola Quality Award Washington DC 2012
    Website Design Award Chesapeake 2012
    these are only a few.
    The group also participates in community projects and mentor to younger children.
    She loves art as well as music and has taught herself to play classical , electric guitar and drums . Zoe loves to hang out with her tech- y friends
    She will start college next fall and plans to study Aeronautic Engineering.
    Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of eleven she vows to let nothing hold her back.
    I believe she can and will accomplish anything she puts her mind to do.


    Photography Janie Lambert
    and Zoe's friends from competitions
    taken for her



    The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the  excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under  strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students  or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone  teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed  tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to  "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional  mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team



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