“The greatest benefit derived from the study of science is that it lifts you out of and above the littleness of daily trials.”

~ Maria Mitchell, Astronomer (1818-1889)

Do you want to inspire

  • Yourself
  • Your students
  • Your friends and family

to greatness?

Tired of boring textbooks and worksheets that attempt to teach concepts without context?

For thousands of years, humans have achieved remarkable things using the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

From lighting the first campfire to landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars, humans have never stopped their forward drive for new understanding and ever more advanced technology.

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But how do you spark interest—in yourself or your students—to carry you through the hard work it takes to achieve the impossible?

Throughout history and in different cultures all over the world, women have often found it hard to participate in the pursuit of STEM.

More and more we see that changing as determined and talented women and cultural minorities continue to break barriers to entry in STEM fields.

The life stories of remarkable scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, such as Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, and Mae Jemison, provide the kind of inspiration we need to help ourselves and our students build confidence and break through these barriers.

In the 21st Century, scientists around the globe, including both women and men, are pressing on to ever greater discoveries that will improve life on Earth (and in space).

This site is dedicated to telling the stories of those who have made—and are now making—a contribution through STEM, in order to inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers.

STEM-Inspirations™ creates books & resources to educate and inspire young people to pursue careers in Science+Technology+Engineering+Math.

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52 Inspirational Quotes by African Americans in STEM: A Journal for Reflection

“I think every one of us has the power to be a genius. I was not born a genius; it was nurtured in me by my father.” ~ Philip Emeagwali, High-Performance Computing Pioneer This journal will stimulate and inspire current and future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers from age 12 to 112. Makes a great graduation …

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STEM-INSPIRATIONS | How to Become a Nobel Prize Winner: An Interactive Journal and Science Notebook with Quotes and Biographies of Women Who Won This interactive journal will inspire you to greatness with motivational quotes and short biographies of women who won a Nobel Prize in science (see list below). Plus you’ll have plenty of worksheets, including:

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“There will come with the greater love of science greater love to one another.” ~ Maria Mitchell, Astronomer (1818-1889) Looking for inspiring books & interactive resources  on Science+Technology+Engineering+Math for your after-school club, technical education institution, Girl Scout troop, homeschool co-op, or science class? STEM-Inspirations™ offers unique, hands-on resources for individual or group use, including guided …


My STEM Story

By Holly B. Martin

My story as a woman in STEM began many years ago when I graduated from college with a degree in environmental engineering.

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For my first engineering job, I worked with a group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We were looking for ways to use the extra heat created by nuclear power plants. The heat comes in the form of hot water, which is stored in cooling ponds before it’s released into nearby rivers. That way it doesn’t endanger the local aquatic life.

To make good use of the excess (or waste) heat, the researchers in my group wanted to try farming a type of tropical fish called tilapia in the warmer water. To prove their concept, they grew tilapia in cages floating in the lab’s sewage treatment pond. The pond’s warm waters would simulate power plant waste heat and the algae growing in the pond would serve as food for the fish.

In the Middle of a Sewage Pond

My job every morning was to row a small boat out to the middle of the pond, pull up the cages full of fish. Then I took each fish out of its cage to weigh and measure it to see how well it was growing.

“My work badge soared in a perfect arc up into the air and splashed down into the murky water.”

One memorable day after measuring the last fish, I reared back to toss the cage into the pond. My work badge caught on a wet, slimy rope attached to a float. The badge soared in a perfect arc up into the air and splashed down into the murky water, never to be seen again.

Writing about STEM

Shortly after the sewage pond episode, I moved to a new job at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles. Seven years later, I made a career change from engineering to editing a technical magazine. Almost overnight, I went from preparing project management charts to writing and editing articles on lasers and fiber optics.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about a number of women in STEM for a wide variety of clients. Here are just some of their stories:

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About the Author

Holly B. Martin is a former engineer who homeschooled her five children for many years. Now a freelance science writer for organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, AT&T, and others, she regularly interviews scientists & engineers to write articles for magazines and websites. Out of these experiences, Holly has created books and interactive resources featuring the lives and words of famous scientists to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM.

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Inspiring Quotes by Women in STEM

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“I remember that already as a child I was often intensely interested in things, obsessed by ideas and projects in many areas, and in these topics I learned much on my own, reading books.”

~ Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


“I was captured for life by chemistry and by crystals.”

~ Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


“It was like a new world opened to me, the world of science, which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty.”

~ Marie Curie, 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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