Kathleen Emerson GS4
I grew up on a hill farm in North East England, spending my youth handling sheep on the heather moorland. I did a math degree of the University of Warwick, and then, unable to give up the habit, did masters in math at the University of Cambridge, and then signed up for yet another math degree here in Princeton. I caught the coding bug in my third year here, when I took COS126. I spent last summer at KAUST in Saudi Arabia where I oversaw high school students doing research, helping them write programs in Python for their projects. After taking COS226 Algorithms and Data Structures this fall, I ended up teaching COS226 this semester. I’m still working with some of my KAUST students on their projects, but communicating maths over such great distance can be struggle. Which brings me to Scribble Naturally. Apart from this internship giving me the opportunity to move from theory to practice, I’m passionate about the project. It means collaboration beyond geography, beyond borders, made easy. For example, my students in Saudi Arabia: STEM education in Saudi Arabia basically sucks. There is no-one local who is going to help them write their paper, give them direction on what experiment to try next, how to analyze their results, encourage them to pursue the things they’re curious about. If we can communicate more fluidly, if we can upload a paper and talk through it in real time, highlighting and annotating, scribbling… what this means is that they can more fully realize their ideas. That’s important, and that’s Scribble Naturally.
Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator