Each year, thousands of people gather for Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), a hub for app development, laboratories, networking, and announcements of Apple's latest technologies. And each year, Apple awards a few lucky people WWDC scholarships in recognition of their talents as emerging developers. These scholarship winners receive a ticket and lodging for WWDC as well as one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program. This year, lots of young women developers made the cut, and it's safe to say that they're just a few of the women under 18 in STEM you need to know about.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are fiercely competitive disciplines, and pervasive gender bias means the odds are often stacked against women, and especially women of color, who enter the field. But mentorship among women is consistently cited as one of the top ways to make it easier for young women to succeed, and the WWDC scholarship is a surefire way to make those connections.
Several of this year's crop of recipients are proudly repping female STEM excellence, whether it's mentoring other girls to get them interested in STEM subjects, or creating apps designed for women. Three of the 2019 scholarship winners, high school students from across the United States, spoke to Bustle about their inspirations, how they plan to change the world through tech, and what got them so excited about STEM in the first place.