Contributions to STEAM Box: Mayra was the catalyst of a crucial evolutionary moment for STEAM Box. She was a reluctant leader at STEAM Box with her peers. Unlike them, she had not found her passion there. She was only coming because those friends were leading the STEAM Box engineering programs. This was an extraordinary challenge for STEAM Box. How could we proceed with programs while engaging every student possible? We discovered one of Mayra’s passions… poetry.
Mayra then went on to design a new program that continues today, Media Journalism. A teacher, Matt Sciotti, joined STEAM box to help Mayra and her team develop a curriculum and a website to host her poetry, and the writings of her peers. Every year, a student has received a scholarship for their work in this program, as the website changes every year to reflect the passions of its leaders. Mayra founded the website, and was the first recipient of this scholarship.
Graduation and Beyond: Mayra graduated from Classical High School in 2011. She has recently graduated from the University of RI. She currently leads a dance troop while practicing for the exam to acquire her license in nursing. She looks back on her time with STEAM Box and fondly recalls working on writing with Matthew Sciotti and having fun with her friends.