The Future of Education: A Student’s Perspective

17-year-old, Anna Nixon co-founded STEM4Girls, a non-profit organization that works to get more girls involved in STEM activities and shares the importance of education for youth and what adults can do to help.

17 year old Anna Nixon is currently a senior in high school. She has grown up with an avid interest in STEM because her parents used to bring home the latest gadgets for her and her siblings to play with. The first time she worked with robots was in elementary school and she has been competing in robotics competitions since she was 7 years old. Nixon’s passion for science and technology led her to co-found STEM4Girls, a non-profit organization that works to get more girls involved in STEM activities. She is also currently working at Autodesk on the Synthesis team to create a simulator so that robotics teams can test their code and their designs in a virtual environment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Nixon, Anna. “The Future of Education: A Student's Perspective | Anna Nixon | TEDxSalem.” YouTube, TEDxSalem, 2018,

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I chose this video because as a feminist and education advocate, I realize that STEM is a huge part of education, even since I graduated just a decade ago. Technology is advancing and changing the world faster than we realize, and the importance of our youth's understanding is imperative to how we view the world. It is inspiring to see such power and passion in a young woman, and if we want to learn more about the modern student, the best thing to do is listen to them.