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“I never really had any exposure to engineering, which is why I joined the UberBots team. It gave me direction and showed me what it would be like to be an engineer. Working with real engineers hands-on—and seeing the way they go about solving tough problems—is one of the things that made me realize i wanted to become an engineer.” — Ellen McIsaac, Senior Aeronautical Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Qualcomm has sponsored the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2007, helping to spark passion for science, technology, engineering and math—known collectively as STEM—in young minds. We’re highlighting some of the FIRST alums who are doing great things in the world of engineering, astrophysics, and mathematics.

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I have never been so scared and sad at the same time.
I finally will figure out what life truly means when it’s all left behind
I did not know what steps to take after graduating high school.
I never knew much of anything.
The midwest has blessed me with great friends and unforgettable relationships,
still hits my head each and everyday.

Can we stop collectively bashing math on this website? Like, I get it, I’m bad at math, I personally don’t like doing math. But math is really important? And not just in the “mathematics world;” it’s important to art and outer space and the beauty of plants and basically everything else that tumblr seems to be all about. Can we stop being like “art is better than math, math is useless,” please? Not just because math is important, but because a lot of people also really like math and that’s awesome, and where would we be without them??

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At Katch we’re all loving the MATH video of their new AW12 collection that showed at Vauxhall Fashion Scout for London Fashion Week. We love the models, the soundtrack and, most importantly, THE CLOTHES! Totally killing it.

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This is why I’m broke. And I still have some that haven’t arrived in the mail yet.

Bonus gratuitous foster kitten picture. Sweet lil Susan B. Anthony in the front, her troublemaker brother Doc Holliday by my knees, and my #1 boo and belle of the ball Niels Bohr in the back. (Susie B’s been a lil sick cuz she had fleas so bad when the shelter got her that she’s anemic, but she’s getting better!)

Anyway, I’ve accidentally bought a math/physics book I already own twice now in the past couple months, just because I forgot I already owned it, so I’m taking that as a sign that I need to start keeping stock of what I got a little better. I’ve started another tumblr for documenting my personal math/physics book collection, the Tammy Faye Bakker Memorial Library, since that’s the name of my apartment. Because my living room is basically a library. (…I just counted and I have eight bookshelves in here. Jesus Christ.)
I buy a shit ton of old, used math/physics books all the time. Some of them aren’t very good, but I get them for so cheap it doesn’t matter, and sometimes I find total gems that are worth the cost of lousy books I had to buy to find them. I’d also be full of shit if I didn’t say I do a lot of buying books for their covers. I’m a HUGE sucker for old, old Dover books, and the quantum book I posted on there is a current favorite vintage Dover cover. (I’d also be full of shit if I said I haven’t emailed Dover complaining about how ugly their new covers are.) Lotta Dover books, and as of recently a lot of Wiley and Addison and Wesley books as well. 

‘Ight. I’ve got two kittens cuddling with each other on my chest, and now I’m gonna go read for my math history class. For the first time. A month into the semester. (Whoops.)