India is brimming with pride as Rida Yumn Ahmed of class XI-A of JKG International School got honoured by ‘The New York Academy Of Sciences’ by being bestowed with ‘Distinguished Student Award’ and also being invited for a Global STEM Alliance Summit which had students from 37 countries. Rida attended the three day Annual Global STEM Alliance (GSA) Summit, dedicated to building a global community of science and technology leaders at the headquarters of NYAS at World Trade Centre, New York. Rida networked amongst peers, mentors, and professionals and developed cross-cultural communication skills and interacted with STEM professionals from leading companies and universities. The agenda for the summit was as follows: Wednesday, July 24th Rida had the honour of meeting Mr.Ellis Rubenstein (President and CEO of NYAS) and Ms.Aissata Camara(Mayor’s office for international affairs) who focussed on the UN SDG’s. She attended a workshop on “Interface of science and policy” which had the following speakers: Mr. Donovan Guttieres, UN Major Group for Children & Youth Mr. Ricardo de Guimarães Pinto, Liaison Officer to the United Nations at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) New York Office Dr. Teresa Stoepler, Executive Director of the InterAcademy Partnership (Policy) and Member of the Global Young Academy Later she explored neuroscience by using EEG to examine brainwaves by New York University hosted by NYU Brainwaves and met her mentors. Global STEM Alliance Summit Memories *Thursday, July 25th* Attended a workshop “Young Innovator in Science” by Dr. Shruti Naik,researcher in New York University. Went to Verizon’s 5G Lab to unlock new use cases and prototypes using 5G technology. (Amazing Experience) There was Film Screening of ‘Madam Mars’, a project that reframes the story of space exploration as a feminist issue, Followed by a Q&A with Writer and Director, Jan Millsapps, Ph.D In the GSA Open House and Evening Reception,met professionals from across the world. There was also a keynote by Kathryn Harrison, Founder and CEO of Stealth Startup (Again damn Amazing.. Blockchain..ILoveYou) *Friday, July 26th* Keynote Presentation: Ms. MiMi Aung from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who led the team to do the first ever flight demonstration at Mars. Rida has also met Nick Donofrio(IBM Fellow) and attended the Panel Discussion: ‘Diversity and Inclusion in STEM’ which had speakers like Manager Baffour, CEO and Founder of Getronics Danny Guillory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at DropBox Jennifer Breslin, Founder of Futuristas Jeffery Reid, Vice President, Head of Genome Informatics and Data Engineering at Regeneron Seema Kumar, Vice President Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson. The summit was a productive event.
Hey folks..yes I’m Alive!
So I am glad to share that in my ‘blogging sabbatical’ much things have happened in my life!
I am now a member of the prestigious ‘The Junior Academy”.
The Junior Academy is an elite group of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to designing innovative solutions to global challenges.
It is associated with New York Academy Of Sciences and being accepted into this society is a huge honour for me!
Here in you need to participate in various challenges/projects and find sustainable solutions.
Students develop advanced research, innovation,
and collaboration skills with best-in-class
learning resources and leverage these skills to
compete in challenges sponsored by industry-
We work for the betterment for the following fields using STEM.
- Food Systems
- Public Health
- Water, Sanitation,
- Sustainability and
- Climate Change
- Energy Biodiversity
- Space Education
- Equity Emerging
- Economic Development
I urge folks to join The Junior Academy as a mentor or mentee if you have a passion for STEM.
Here’s the link-
I am also selected for KWHS Global Investment Challenge. So here my love for Economics comes!
The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition is a free, global, online investment simulation for high school students(9th to 12th grade) and teachers.
Students learn about teamwork, communication, risk,diversification, company analysis, industry analysis and investing teams consist of four to seven students, and classes can have several competing teams;
student-led investment clubs and home- schooled teams are also encouraged to participate.
Each team manages a portfolio of $100,000 in virtual cash over the course of 10 weeks using Wharton’s online trading and investment simulator (OTIS).
Courtesy- Respective Websites
Much more activities are going on but I gave a sneak into them just because I want to make you guys aware what I am upto these days!
If you’ve any experience to share or have any ideas which you want to share related to the above mentioned things or solutions for a better future…
Please mail it to-
I am waiting!
Life is now full of various responsibilities and with great power comes great responsibilities.
I wish I am able to do them amazingly!
Wish me luck.Need your support always!!
May love,peace, prosperity prevail in our lives!
P.S. Just chalked out some of my artworks..
Thanks for bearing with them!
Guest posts/Collaborations Welcome..
So in this post.. I’ve done collaboration with
(my constant support and a pillar of strength)
( My dearest friend and a wonderful blogger.)
Check out their blogs and flood it with likes/comments/shares!
(Please Read Till The End)
– From J Raouf.
Her story is this that she was born in the UK and her parents were from Asia.
The children had another way of life to her. At the age of 4, she started school and was embarrassed as her mother was very traditional and the kids were very western. it was a clash of cultures and she never could fit in, no matter how hard she tried. She just knew she was different to other kids.
She suffered a lot of discrimination by being a girl from a different race and with a different culture.
As she became older the teachers became harsher even in primary school. A teacher didn’t believe her when she said that a boy had bullied her as the teacher thought that he was with the teacher most of the time.She was afraid of asking questions because the teachers were not understanding.
In high school, even her own friends would turn against her in an attempt to ruin their own best friend and stir up fights.And the teachers did nothing about it. They only made the situation worse by not realising what was going on.
In University, she was harassed by a man from back home who was previously engaged and a friend. Nothing was done about it, although he stalked her to her home. She told the University but they didn’t believe her, they thought it was normal.
She thinks nowadays that this sexual harassment idea is getting out of control as people are coming out with stories that show that they have given consent.
A large part of sexual harassment is unreported and the genuine cases usually go ignored.
Collab-a-thon. Hmm.. that’s a great idea! This series by @Meraki Forever has made my ideas and thoughts to be more open. I would thank Rida for giving me such an opportunity to address one of a global problem.
Well the problem…
From 2007 to 2012, only 30.8% of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies were women.
We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish at being exposed like never before. It has unended traces, across the global film industry.
Women’s empowerment is at the heart of 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. While facts don’t lie about the discrimination women face in their work life, they are subject to harassment in most cases.
Global film industries including the Hollywood have been seen as the most civilised ones. Yet cases like Harvey Weinstein’s still exist. This gender gap in film industries har remained unchecked for about a decade. Women acting roles lie almost less than half that their men counterparts had.
Women centric movies definitely need encouragement. For a movie isn’t complete until there’s a woman in it. Perhaps Disney understood the problem before the industry could and had a special series of ‘Disney princess’
However, in many Television as well as theatre shows, men play their role as women !!. Ya.. That’s true…. no one can deny it. Rather gender oppression and discrimination in movies must be denied.
On this March 8, international women’s day, newspapers and magazines will have a whole cover full of about-women talks but everyone forgets it when a day or two passes ! And….
‘Women’ can do what ‘we men’ cannot do
It’s like a breath of fresh air and a refreshing feeling when all of us irrespective of our differences unite together for an issue. It is high time that everyone came out of their closets and voiced their opinion for the equality of mankind and a safe environment for all.
When more and more women will come out and break the shackles of the patriarch society and the orthodox diktats, more females will be encouraged to say No More.. #Time’s Up.
The #MeToo movement is now a wake up call for everyone. But , all those out there, should now fight against the violence and torments so that the next generation is not saying #MeToo.
Without HER..even a HERO is a 0.
Then,what is the brouhaha about the machoism? Real men protect and treat equally their female counterparts.
You are the change..Come out and be the change. Spread the idealism of #Equal Rights.
When God had made no differences amongst us..then why we the society is making this heinous step?
Make it feel safe for a girl to walk around.. How will a person feel when it is followed/stared/teased/abused every single moment. Life becomes hell.
Let’s bring the change..
As Ayush’s blog says..
Check Oprah Winfrey’s Epic Speech At Golden Globe Awards👇👇👇👇
Hey… What’s that SECRET?!?!….
Check out @Meraki Forever…
The cat is now out of the bag…❤❤
I always wake up, before the sun ascends above the horizon.
Because I just love to see the, rising sun
Which symbolizes the new foundation.
But, the serenity doesn’t last long.
Stuck in the age, where a new day is not a song.
The honking and bustling are the new wake-up sounds
Rather than the chirps of birds flying around.
Living in a concrete jungle
Running in a rat race
Are busy bees solving the life’s maze
Wants to have the wisdom of an owl,
Lion’s pride and power and his fierce growl
Want to be precious and have wealth
Want to have all the qualities
Under the belt.
I am a inhabitant here in this jungle.
When I was in kindergarten,
I always remember myself watering the garden
With the water left in my bottle.
I didn’t even had this frame of mind
Those small deeds can help conservation unwind
The thoughts of conservation was instilled
In the chambers of my mind and heart from my kin
And now I understand its significance.
I believe childhood is the golden epoch
Where ethical education masters the human oak
Seeds need to be sown at the roots of life
To have the fruit of achievement and end strife
Nature has always blessed us with divine love
And we have disrespected her in return
Only to shove her love
We are no one who can even think of destroying environment,
But are disregarding Earth by being self-centered.
It is time we need regard for the revered.
The concrete solution can be done
Only until this aim is reached
Otherwise no form of learning
Can enlighten the budding seeds,
Plagued and compounded by the ignorance of basic awareness,
Today’s earthlings need to live in the conscience
And unearth the asset to overcome unrest
Being a part of this interlude
Became significant for me
As it portrayed the future of us.
We have harnessed the era
And have become so obsessed with the aura.
I feel education has ability
That can help perceive the truth
By diminishing the myth
Which paves way for a better fruit.
We could take advantage of modern technological growth
And clear misconceptions regarding the modern node.
Still what do we need?
Unbiased education, I guess, is the need
To be tolerant and united which will work
To preserve ethnic diversity,
Promote moral principles without lurk,
Literacy addresses nearly every social issue
Now is the time that we learn with supportive hues
It’ll help encourage universal respect for
Justice, laws, human rights, and vanish the blues.
On a local and global scale
Education is synonymous with grades and competition.
Students have a hectic schedule
Where balancing studies with activities is a herculean task!
But, books only don’t teach us the world
Because true education lies in the old’s shelters
There is always a light of guidance from our elders.
It should be taken seriously to avoid blunders.
All of us wish to be an inspiration
God has blessed us with the weapon of education
Through which we can transform
And lead ourselves towards transformation.
Education is an humanitarian act.
It is against all wars and malicious tact
I look forward myself as a quintessence of egalitarianism
As the one who promotes education as a necessity of life
And urge you to be a part of it
And be the one
Who is willing to work for a better future to end the strife.