Katherine Huang 🤷🏻‍

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Hi! I’m Kat, from Lowell, MA. I’m an incoming first-year at MIT, tentatively majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Computer Science. This summer, I’m interning at Repl.it. Above all else, I value integrity and empathy. When I’m not working on projects, I’m probably scrolling through memes or exercising—maybe both.

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💡 Science and Us

During middle school, I wanted to make my own Tumblr themes, so I deciphered thousands of lines of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code until I could write my own. (I also taught myself Latin and some Modern Greek, but that’s a story for another time!) In high school, I used programming to investigate scientific questions, and ended up loving the challenges of communicating research to non-experts.

I wanted to explore science writing, but found no resources for high schoolers to do so. I discovered a treasure trove of careers connecting STEM and the public… but no path to get there—it seemed that every science communicator had accidentally stumbled upon their profession. Why is that? These opportunities aren’t mentioned in school.

To solve both problems, I founded Science and Us, an organization helping students discover science media, policy, and communication. We’ve hosted events in greater Boston, and we’re writing Stories of Science and Us, a book of stories—not lectures, not motivational speeches—from diverse people connecting STEM and the public.

We don’t directly encourage students to learn or pursue STEM. We believe that understanding STEM is essential to making informed decisions, since it impacts all of us, but celebrate the reality that not everyone needs (or wants) to be a scientist!

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📍 What I’m doing now*

Last updated July 24, 2019

* The concept of a “now page” is from Derek Sivers

📠 Fun facts

👩🏻‍💻 Websites I’ve made

MAHacks mahacks.com Science and Us scienceandus.org
We Are America lhsweareamerica.com FRC 5962 frcpersevere.com

🚀 What I did in high school

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Of course, it wasn’t all accomplishments—something that’s easy to forget or hide. For an ongoing list of my setbacks and how I’m learning from them, check out my failure resume.