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MEET THE FOUNDER

Marina Bloomer Stellar Tech Girls

MARINA BLOOMER

Aerospace Engineer + STEM Educator

B.S. Mechanical Engineering | M.S. Aerospace Engineering | MBA

Proud Badger living in Madison, Wisconsin! During her career as an aerospace engineer launching rockets and working with astronauts, Marina has been dedicated towards creating and running Girls in STEM programs to inspire the next generation of engineers. She is determined to increase diversity in engineering and knows that exposure to engaging and inclusive STEM programs at a young age is critical.

Stellar Tech Girls brings her years of STEM programming experience and network of inspiring female engineering role models to girls in Wisconsin.

 

She knows that today's girls are going to bring more diversity into engineering and change the future of the industry. She cannot wait to see what they invent, how they improve the world, and the planets they explore!

Marina leads all of the in-person programming at Stellar Tech Girls, including the summer camps. So everyone at Stellar Tech Girls gets to learn from a real-life rocket scientist!

Our founder Marina Bloomer was featured on the STEMblazers Podcast (S3E2)! 

Listen to learn about her career in aerospace engineering, her role as VP of Program Management at a rocket engine company, and how mentorship comes in many forms.

"Remember that the people who become aerospace engineers and astronauts did not constantly win. They did not always succeed at everything they tried, but they continued trying, and that's really how you get to that point to do something that seems so challenging and seems so impossible to achieve. You just keep trying. You pick yourself back up, and you keep working hard."

"There is so much more to engineering than just the analytical side. If you are very well rounded and have all of those different attributes, you can be a really powerful engineer and make a big difference."

"There are moments when I look around the room and I am the only woman... often. And it's not ok. So something needs to change."

MEET THE STELLAR TEAM

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Rachel Jones
Summer Assistant Manager

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Jones and I am a 20-year-old junior at UW Madison and I will be an Assistant Manager at Stellar Tech Girls this summer. I am majoring in Genetics and Genomics and Psychology. I am the volunteer chair for the Undergraduate Genetics Association and a member of the Pre-Genetic Counseling Organization at Madison. In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and drums, crocheting, photography, cooking, hammocking with friends, binging TV shows, lifting and playing tennis. I am working at Stellar Tech Girls in order to inspire underrepresented young women to achieve their dreams in STEM fields even if that means conquering a few challenges along the way. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Keerthi Peddinti
Camp Counselor & Workshop Lead

Hey everyone, my name is Keerthi and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Middleton High School and I will be attending UW Madison (Go Badgers!) for a major in Computer Science. I am working at Stellar Tech Girls to empower young women who are underrepresented in the world of STEM and educate them about engineering and science! 

Bethany Wareing
Camp Counselor

I'm 16 and I'm a junior at Middleton High School. I have no college plans in place yet, but I intend to study in NYC while I get my degree in software engineering. When I'm not working or studying, I run two small businesses, and I like to bake, code and make jewelry. I like working at Stellar Tech Girls because I get to share my passion for STEM with other people.

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Emily Ge
Camp Counselor

Hi, I'm Emily. I'm 17 years old and will be in 12th grade at Vel Phillips Memorial High School next year. I'm interested in studying the sciences, especially in researching and creating new technology. In my free time, I love reading, playing the piano, knitting, playing tennis, and spending time with my two rabbits. Working at Stellar Tech Girls has given me a great opportunity to get to know and help children interested in STEM have an amazing summer!

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Piper Grant
Camp Counselor

My name is Piper Grant. I am 16 years old and am currently a Junior at Stoughton High School. I plan to become a biologist majoring in Zoology or Microbiology. I plan to apply to UW Madison, Michigan State University, University of Chicago, and others. My interests include theatre, rock climbing, felting, and of course, STEM! I wanted to be a part of Stellar Tech Girls because it is an amazing opportunity to work in an area that I love and simultaneously teach younger people about subjects in which I am very passionate.

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Mackenzie Sloan
Camp Counselor

Hi, my name is Mackenzie. I'm an 18 year old graduating from Middleton High School. This fall I will be attending UW Madison for Biomedical Engineering. I have always had a passion for medicine and STEM and hope to help other girls find their passion. I chose to work at Stellar Tech Girls to share my love of STEM with others. In my free time I enjoy playing music, reading a good book, getting outside with my dogs, and trying out a new Netflix series. I also enjoy trying new things. I’m excited to see you at one of our camps this summer.

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Finley Pawelka
Camp Counselor

I’m a Sophomore at Middleton High School. After high school I plan to go into computer science, and travel the world whenever I can. When I’m not busy playing one of my three sports, I enjoy reading and painting. I love working at Stellar Tech Girls because it allows me to keep working with STEM over summer and helps me share it with others!

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This Could Be You!

You must be 16 years or older, love working with kids, and share a passion for diversity in STEM. Previous job experience not required. We have different levels of job openings available throughout the year, so don't hesitate to reach out if you are interested.

Contact info@stellartechgirls.com to learn more!

JOB APPLICATION

Become a member of the Stellar Team!

 

We are always looking for people who are passionate about our mission and want to get involved! You must be 16 years or older, love working with kids, and share a passion for diversity in STEM. Previous job experience not required. We have different levels of job openings available throughout the year, so don't hesitate to reach out to learn more.

Sound like you? Reach out, and let's talk!

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