“Everyone is a scientist.”
Kendra Gardiner is the Chief Performance Officer at JumpStart, Inc., and a chemical engineer.
Did you have a mentor?
I had a high school teacher who recognized certain things and would point them out, so she was my exposure agent. She was mentoring me. But I really think she was just an educator doing what she was supposed to be doing, which was making me aware of things.
What advice do you have for kids exploring the world and discovering what they’re interested in?
Find those opportunities to try, because they’re out there, and I think I ended up getting exposed to things that I needed, and not everybody has that. I think that young kids need places to go test and experiment, because it’s not just about exposure to that concept. It is about exposure to new people and new places.
What does STEM mean to you?
It’s a way of thinking. And I see even today, and whether that is science, technology, engineering and math, or art, I think it’s a way of thinking and approaching the world. It’s all with the underlying fundamentals, understanding the concepts of how the world works.