What if a tattoo could change colors to alert someone that they are becoming dehydrated?
This is the type of project in which Big Spring senior Emily Webber hopes to become involved as she pursues a career in biomedical engineering.
Biomedical engineering integrates biology and medicine, Webber said. Her work would involve diagnosing and creating treatments for illnesses. Plus, as a potential Penn State student, she may have the opportunity to work on medical advances in different arenas, including the artificial heart laboratory.
“They have a really good women in engineering program that I’m really excited about,” said Webber, the daughter of Rich and Judy Webber of Newville.
Webber has known that science would play a role in her future for some time. She’s always had an interest in science and figuring out how things work, and enjoyed science documentaries and books.
“That’s always seemed to be a goal of mine ever since I was in middle school. In middle school, I wanted to be a physicist,” Webber said. “I never really knew completely what I wanted to do, but I always knew something science or math related.”
Now in high school, she has doubled up in her schedule and taken all the science classes that Big Spring has to offer since that will help her advance in the field. Her class load, which includes two advanced placement courses, is preparing her for her studies at Penn State, both in content and in teaching her how to study at a higher level where she has to find her own resources online and do more work at home on her own to succeed.
As a member of both the science and math honor societies, Webber is also participating in activities to pass her love of science on to younger students by helping to organize a STEM Day for elementary school students. She said the project is still in the works but will involve activities designed to stimulate an interest in science and math.
“I remember doing something like that when I was in elementary school and it was really cool. We did things like making slime,” she said.
Webber’s high school career hasn’t been entirely science-oriented. She’s also been a member of Club CARE since her sophomore year. Each year, the club organizes fundraisers for different charities of the club’s choosing. This fall, for example, the club did a restaurant night in which a portion of the diners’ checks went to Cypress Springs, a high school in Texas that had been affected by Hurricane Harvey.