Meet the Team

Founder/Executive Director

Hi everyone! My name is Niki Bhimireddy and I’m a junior at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio for the 2020-2021 school year. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many of us were forced to stay at home and switch to remote methods of learning. With this, I noticed that the accessibility of science education for young children had decreased rapidly. I didn’t want to just sit around and wait for things to get better when I could take things into my own hands and do something about it. And so, ideas began to form in my head that eventually turned into The Rising Youth and ScienceZoomz, a free remote summer program that would serve as an outreach to make science education more accessible to young children and provide them with opportunities to spark newfound interests! Please check out the ¨About Us¨ Page to learn more about how the journey to start The Rising Youth began!

ScienceZoomz Co-Director

Hi! My name is Roma Jha, and I am a rising junior at Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, New Jersey for the 2020-21 school year! I personally love all aspects of science, and I remember when I was a younger student, I loved doing science experiments! I would always ask my parents so many questions about the world I saw around me and was always conducting different at-home experiments, and thinking about the science behind what I was observing. The best part was when I would connect certain science topics in school to what was happening in my at-home experiments. After all, science is happening all around us!

My favorite part about ScienceZoomz is a combination of two things: connecting with students from around the country and seeing my younger, curious self in these students. Being a virtual program allows all of us to connect with students from states all around the country, which is such a unique experience! However, my most favorite part has to be hearing all of the questions these young scientists have and remembering how I was so curious about science when I was younger too!

ScienceZoomz Co-Director

Hello! My name is Na-Kum Lee and I am a rising junior at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia for the school year 2020-2021. When we think about science, we generally tend to think of it as a tedious, complicated subject, which is why students tend to not like the subject as they go into middle school or high school. This is not to say that science isn’t complicated! But if you think about it, there are so many fun and interesting sides of science that we didn’t notice before in our daily lives. I, as a high school student who loves science, wanted to share this particular side of science with the students at a young age and spark an interest so that they are able to enjoy science when the time comes.

My favorite part about ScienceZoomz is seeing all the students yelling out their guesses and cheering when the ‘cool science part’ happens! At first, I thought it would be a little bit awkward and silent, but there was nothing to worry about! We have such amazing students who are so passionate to learn, and I am very proud of each and every one of them.