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Grace Madson

Grace is a first-year student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in German. During high school, she worked with students grades K-12 to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). As captain of a FIRST Robotics Competition team in New Prague, Minnesota, Grace helped to found 2 new robotics teams for students ages 9-14. Grace also promoted women in the S.T.E.M. field by collaborating with other robotics teams and encouraging girls to pursue science careers through hosting science events for girls. She has an interest in making an impact on the world. Her passion for science education sparked when she realized how little S.T.E.M. programs in schools are praised in the media. When a basketball team goes to the state championship, it’s on the front page of the local newspaper. When a robotics team qualifies for the world championship, they often get less recognition. She realized this needed to change. This passion for change has carried over to IonE. Grace is excited to work at IonE International Energy Partnerships because the program strives to make a difference in the world through international connections. In the future, Grace hopes to work with robots to make everyday tasks simpler. When she is not doing school work, Grace enjoys playing the violin, piano, and percussion instruments.