How did you first learn about the Children's Science Center Lab? I first learned about the Children’s Science Center Lab through my older sister who used to volunteer with the Latina SciGirls Program.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where are you from, occupation, home life, etc. I am from Fauquier County located in Virginia. I am a student at George Mason University studying Environmental Science and I have a passion for marine science. At home, I have a dog named Princess and I take care of a 125-gallon saltwater tank.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering with the Center? I enjoy mentoring young kids and helping them become interested in science. I love that I get to learn while I teach. The activities at Latina SciGirls are fun for me, and I love meeting the celebrity scientist of
the week each week.
What scientist do you admire most and why? Melissa Marquez is a Latina woman in STEM. She is a marine biologist who gets to travel and work on projects in different regions of the world. She uses her platform to encourage Latina women to further
their education and informs people of current news about marine science. I admire her because she has dedicated her social media platform to marine science and her passion for sharks. I love looking at her projects, reading her articles, and keeping up with her research.
How can we inspire young people to become interested in science? I personally think that people would become more interested in science if they knew all of the options
that they could study. I also think that showing people experiments, using virtual reality, and hands-on experience can help people become interested in science.
What is one scientific question you would like to see answered in your lifetime?
I would like to see a way we could slow down climate change. I believe that we have the resources to help decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions but we do not know it yet. I have always loved the Arctic and want to participate in fieldwork there one day. I have a passion for all marine life, especially whales and sharks. My dream is to participate in research that studies whales in their natural habitat.
Bella is currently attending George Mason University and volunteers for the Latina SciGirls program.