TEDxUIUC, a local chapter of the national conference, hosted its first salon, a scaled-down event in the Illini Union. Organizers hosted the Dec. 1 salon on women in STEM in preparation for a larger spring launch.
Claudia Morawa, TEDxUIUC marketing team member and AHS sophomore, said the organization is considering professors to speak in the spring. They only chose student speakers were chosen for the fall semester.
Engineering sophomore Rachel Berg was nervous yet excited about speaking. Berg represented MakerGirl, a Champaign nonprofit teaching 3D printing to seven to 10-year-old girls.
“I knew I wanted to incorporate MakerGirl in the speech because that is what I am representing tonight,” Berg said in an email before her talk. “But I also did want to talk about the importance of 3D printing and why teaching it to the younger generation, especially girls is so important.”