Our National Ambassador Is Programming a Path to the Miss America Title
Rita Roloff Sees the Big Picture of Combining Computer Science and Beauty Pageantry
Rita’s message to you begins, “From movies and music to public policy and photography, STEM is applicable to everyday life!”
“STEM fields are tools to make the world a better place in which to live. These fields tackle a variety of problems, such as finding solutions to climate change, designing robots to travel around Mars, and creating mobile apps that allow people to track their heart rate. I want you know that STEM is for you!
“Boosting the number of people in STEM fields, particularly girls and women, will expand our nation’s pool of talent, our innovators for the future, and bring a new dimension to solving the problems that have been overlooked in the past.
“If you want to help people and discover unimaginable technology that will benefit our future, then being a part of STEM and Pretty Brainy is right for you!”
When Rita Penned Her Biography, She Wrote About Learning and Cultural Diversity
Rita Roloff was born in Shizuoka, Japan, to a military father and native Japanese mother. “Upon arriving in the United States with my parents and younger brother,” she says, “I was always told how important learning is.”
Mastery of learning, says Rita . . .
“Allows us to see the world in full view. Learning breaks our ego-centrism and social ideology and opens our minds to a different view that otherwise would have been entrapped.” She continues, “Mastery of learning allows us to see our ignorance, biases, and the stereotypes in our thinking and the common thinking of society. But above all, the mastery of learning allows people to experiment with new things.”
From her first experimentation with STEM in high school through her current studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rita has learned how many doors STEM opens, specifically for women and girls. Thanks to this realization, Rita is majoring in Computer Sciences and using her Miss America platform, “Stilettos to STEM,” to encourage more girls to pursue STEM through what, for millions, is a top interest, fashion design.