Burnsville High School senior Fiona Chow is a recipient of the TWIST EPIC Award from Target Corporation's Women in Science & Technology this fall.
The award honored 25 young women in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas for their dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “These young women demonstrate Engagement, Passion, Innovation and Curiosity with STEM fields and TWIST encourages them to continue pursuing this path,” according to a TWIST news release.
As a TWIST EPIC award recipient, Fiona now has a mentor who works at Target in the cybersecurity field and will have the opportunity to job shadow him. She also participated in the Target TWIST Science and Technology Day recently which featured interactive presentations and demonstrations of how science and technology solutions are used at Target.
Additionally, Fiona has received other STEM recognitions. She earned a National Certificate of Distinction from the National Center of Women in Technology (NCWIT) Aspiration in Computing Awards of Minnesota. Fiona and a classmate developed a mobile application called Birdsong that earned first place in the U.S. Congressional App Challenge for the Second District.
Fiona has taken several STEM pathway classes at Burnsville High School including Mobile Computer Science Principles, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development. In addition to continuously connecting with and job shadowing professionals in various fields of interest, Fiona has also advanced her study in the STEM field by attending a cybersecurity workshop during the summer at a local college.
“Fiona actively participates in many school activities and promotes female students in coding,” said Cindy Drahos, business and computer science instructor at Burnsville High School. “She is a diligent worker who is learning new technology and concepts daily in preparation for her success in college.”
Fiona is involved in several leadership roles and extracurricular activities at school, including sharing her passion for STEM as a leader of the new Burnsville High School's Women in STEM club.
Although Fiona has not yet made a final decision on which university she will attend next year, she plans to major in computer science or software engineering with a possible focus on artificial intelligence and/or cybersecurity.
“Because of Fiona’s motivation and enthusiasm for this career field and great business ethics, she has a bright future ahead of her,” said Drahos.