Hi! My name is Ayonnah Tinsley and I am a 16-year-old junior at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Ever since a young age, I have always wanted to showcase a kids perspective on topics adults would tend to overlook. This is where I started YaYaStars as a travel review site when I was 8-years-old. It was a super fun journey running it during the years it operated as a platform where kids can post where they have traveled to or just some of their favorite products. It led me to be on Time for Kids magazine, Huffington Post, and more! But now I feel like I have grown into being more passionate about bringing STEAM resources to more students as it has become such an important aspect in my life over the years.
This is where in August of 2019 I brought my first children’s book into the world, “This Is What an Engineer Looks Like”. It is about showing diversity in STEAM (“A” for art) and educating readers on some very important careers in our society using STEAM. For information about my book can be found on an FAQ blog post!
A little bit about me is that I love being involved in clubs and sports! I am a part of Westfield’s BETA Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and a board member on our Student Government Junior Class board. I am also a board member of the Society of Women Engineer’s Teen Advisory board where we help SWE gain a point of view of what teens want to know when going into the field of engineering and STEAM. I am a captain and varsity runner on our track team that has won a national title for our 4x400m at New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship (2019 under emerging-elite)!!
I also love to volunteer and my favorite place to give my time is the Udvar-Hazy Center (air and space museum). I get to make friends here and show visitors from all over the county and world how aeronautics can be connected to activities from riding a bike to going on a swing. And I like to bring this information to talk at public schools about not only the message of my book but demonstrating fun science experiments too! I went to London Towne Elementary and since 6th grade, I have taught a STEAM workshop every year. One of my goals is to speak at more elementary and middle schools in my county!