Baylee Herman’s sixth grade science fair project to monitor her 4H pig’s feed and water and wirelessly report issues morphed into a series of successful projects that help her community and are possibilities for commercialization.
She has provided sensors and code for both the local water users association and local irrigation company. She upgraded a local farmer’s center pivot control system by adding monitors and alerts to it and has prototypes for compost and grain bin temperature sensors in the works, all while being a three-sport letter person.
Baylee took a little time off from programming projects to venture into bio-printing. She wants to be a cardiologist and thought she would try her hand at bio-printing. She persevered, as a 13-year-old, through some serious technical challenges and was able to print a single layer of living E. Coli on a sheet of acetate using a modified ink jet printer. The E coli ink was arranged to read... “Next a heart”!!
These projects earned her various awards from Broadcom MASTERS (international science fair for middle schoolers), several high placings at state science fair including grand award winner; state champion Science Olympiad; FFA state Greenhand finalist; top place John Deere Agriscience competition, “student of the week,” and now a spot as one of 17 statewide winners in the Montana NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Aspirations in Computing Contest and one of only two winners not from a AA school.
Baylee’s technology mentor Chuck Merja says, “Baylee is a special blend of talent and work ethic. She is not afraid of setting lofty goals and she shows up prepared and works hard to accomplish them... she is a mentor’s dream.”
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT (Information Technology) aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The Montana winners have accomplished great things within computing and technology and we’re very excited to see what they do next!