Written by: Kiana Maria
Madison Huff is sixteen years old and she resides in New Jersey. She is a singer and she is also a woman trying to pursue her dreams in the STEM Field. She has talent, perspective, and so much more. She gives back to her community, and she even helped conserve water at her old middle school. She has so many brilliant ideas, and with the perseverance and strength that she has, there is no stopping this sensation!
Madison has been singing for many years. When asked how she got started she said, “I have a really musical family, and I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember! So I wouldn’t really say anything got me into singing, rather it’s just been a part of my life forever.” She has utilized social media as a way to get her talent out there. She has done numerous competitions and open mics as well. To listen to her, go check out @maddie.music_ on Instagram. She also performs with a group called Manasquan Music and Dance Academy. Their Instagram is @mmdacademy.
The STEM Field is a predominantly male field, however, Madison is quite fond of it, and strives past the stereotypes. “My brother was interested in STEM, and we did a lot of cool projects in my middle school science class. Those two things combined made me interested in STEM as a whole. Once I looked into everything I was able to find the individual factors of it that I liked the best.”
Being the bright young woman that she is, she persisted. In the Summer of 2017, Madison was 1 of 60 girls in the Northeast area chosen to attend the AAUW’s annual all-girl Summer camp called Tech Trek. It took place at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. At the camp, the girls learned very great skills that’d benefit them when they went after their career to be in the STEM field. She claimed that the best thing she learned from that experience was “Tech Trek really helped me learn what type of science I wanted to explore. I’ve always had a passion for the environment, but never really looked into what went into being an environmentalist in depth before Tech Trek introduced me to water conservation through the class, ‘Our Water.’ I will always be thankful that I attended Tech Trek because I gained a lot of valuable experience and knowledge.” To go check out more about Tech Trek visit: https://aauw-nj.aauw.net/
In her main class that the program offered, she was to make a water barrel to help conserve water. She could have done whatever she wanted with it, and what she did is truly inspiring. She said, “We created water barrels at this summer camp I went to called Tech Trek to learn about water conservation. We then were told that once we created it, we could do whatever we wanted with it. I thought it would be a good idea to donate it to my school’s garden so the community could use it, and in turn, more water would be recycled and conserved.”
Her advice to young female readers who wish to follow in a STEM career is, “I think that young women should not be afraid to try new things and go for what you want. If you’re interested in STEM, but don’t know if you’ll fit in with the status quo, just go for it. Doing what you love and what you’re interested in will provide you with a happier life and a more prosperous future.”
This singing sensation/science lover is someone to aspire to be. She will bring everything needed to the plate in such a male-dominated field. In her future, she aspires to be a sustainability scientist. She said, “When I get older, I would like to be a sustainability scientist. Sustainability science is a relatively new field that focuses on the interactions between humans, the environment, and engineering systems to help solve the world's climate and general environmental problems.” We need more steminists like Madison, and voices like hers are exactly what’ll change the world!