Melissa, frequently known as Science Girl, is a native New Mexican with a passion for inspiring kids, especially girls, to get excited about STEM-related fields. Melissa is currently pursuing a college degree in elementary education with a focus in science while continuing her role in the community as Science Girl. Melissa puts the “A” in S.T.E.A.M. through a unique on-stage production which combines science, education, and theater.
In her early teenage years, Melissa developed a passion for science and education through hands-on experiences along with following and learning from others in the education community. Growing up in a family of engineers and teachers, she wanted to combine her love of science, children, and theater. Melissa was accepted into the Explora Youth Intern Program and received in-depth, informal science education training. She simultaneously developed her theater skills through drama class and performing in various theater productions. When Melissa isn’t attending classes or making her mom nervous with various experiments, she enjoys Disney movies, french fries with chocolate milk, and reading about current science developments!
As a senior in high school, Melissa combined her passions and talents into a 20-minute interactive science show, “Science Girl in Dr. Von Heister’s Hijinks”, where the audience of young scientists becomes the heroes of the show. The premiere of this show, which was written and performed by Melissa at Explora Science Center’s theater in Spring 2016, was a huge success and featured on a local television station. After nine showings over a period of three weeks, it was clear that kids of all ages truly connected with Science Girl and were enthusiastic about the science and being part of the production. The positive feedback from families and teachers made Melissa realize the need for high quality science education in her community and, in Summer of 2016, launched her business, Science Girl’s Lab.
In the Summer of 2017, Melissa launched a new show called "Dungeon Dilemma". This show included new science demonstrations with a new goal for the audience members to achieve with Science Girl! It was another success and is as popular as the first show.
Through the Lab, Melissa has had the privilege to speak and perform her two shows at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) -related events for students and educators, hold full-length school assemblies, bring science to birthday parties, and appear at educational venues around New Mexico.
Melissa is looking for every opportunity to bring science into the community through school assemblies, camps, speaking events, corporate events, and parties. Wherever Melissa has a chance to share science, she also inspires every kid to GO BE AWESOME!