Julie Seven Sage
Julie Seven Sage, 14, lives in Nashua, NH. She loves all science but is especially interested in astrophysics. Julie produces a YouTube channel, 7 Sage Labs, where she shares interesting science news with everyone with her news show, Supernova Style Science News, along with her two upcoming shows, a maker show and a science show. Her goal is to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through her show and other various outreach activities.
Julie mentors younger girls learning to code through the Girls Who Code program. She has sent experiments above the stratosphere with the Cubes In Space program. To learn more about optics and telescopes she is learning how to make her own mirror by hand from Mike Mattei of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston.
So far this year, Julie has won The Mars Generation's "24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award". She has also won 2nd place in the National Science Foundation's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science comic contest. During the Cambridge Science Festival Julie had the opportunity to interview Anna Frebel about her performance about the life of Lise Meitner. Most recently Julie, along with local high school students, are part of the very first program of the MIT Media Lab's Climate CubeSat Co-Building Outreach Program (C3). Julie was announced as the NH State Merit Winner for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her invention, the Sage Survival System. Julie attended her first Maker Faire in New York City where she conducted interviews with well known makers and with all of the young cast members of Mythbusters Jr. She also went to her first Comic Con in New York City. Julie got to spend time with her friends Tamara Robertson and Elijah Horland. But most important, Julie was able to attend the Star Talk panel with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and even got to talk to him back stage! She was even featured in a Marvel comic, The Unstoppable Wasp!
At 6 years old, Julie told her parents she wanted to be an astrophysicist to study black holes, the movement of stars, and in general how it all worked. Julie looked to Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson as her role models.
In 2014 she had the opportunity with her dance school to dance in Downtown Disney and to have lessons with a Disney choreographer. That summer at the Dancer’s Inc. National Dance Competition, Julie’s hip hop group won to become National Champions in Junior Hip Hop. After the competition season was over she decided to stop dance so she could focus more on her science.
During the summer, Julie started to learn programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua through an NCWIT program (National Center for Women and Information Technology) using Scratch (developed by MIT).
At the end of 2014 Julie got to look through a telescope for the first time at the Boston Museum of Science, where she met John Sheff, who operates the telescope there and for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
She also started visiting the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics public observatory nights and met David Aguilar and Christine Pulliam, who encouraged her love of science and interest in space, along with several other scientists and researchers.
At the end of 2014 she became a member of ATMoB (Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston). She wanted to learn about optics, telescope operations, and how they are made.
In January of 2015 Julie attended a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Foxwoods Casino and Resort, he pulled her up on stage so he could show off her shirt which matched his tie. She then got to ask him his thoughts on a paper released by Stephen Hawking on his theory of grey holes. After the talk Neil signed the book Julie brought of his.
At age 10, Julie took her first college level course online via edx.org called Super Earths and Life from Harvard University. She passed the class with an average grade of 96%.
On July 15, 2015 Julie watched the live NASA broadcast about the New Horizons space craft waking up from its sleep at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. That night she won a trivia contest and received a 3D printed model of New Horizons that was made at NASA JPL.
Also in the summer of 2015 Julie started to learn how to grind a mirror for an 8-inch F6 telescope which she will build herself. She is being taught by Michael Mattei, a former optics engineer from Lincoln Labs.
She started going to the public observatory nights at the Clay Center, located at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, MA. She learned how to operate the 24-inch telescope, and helps at times with the public tours, giving information and answering questions.
Toward the end of the school year Julie along with other girls from her coding group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua became mentors for younger girls at a local elementary school, teaching them code using Scratch from MIT.
In the summer of 2016 Julie attended her first MakerFest at MakeIt Labs and got to learn about Arduinos. Along with a group of kids, Julie made a toy to keep a pet occupied using an Arduino with ultrasonic sensors.
Also that summer, Julie took a Public Speaking course from the Univ. of Washington on edx.org. She learned to write different type of speeches and earned a grade of 100%.
Julie joined the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club and studied to obtain her Technician ham radio license. Her call sign is KC1GMW.
In the fall of 2016 Julie joined a Girls Who Code group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua where she started learning Python and HTML.
Julie led a group from the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club to participate in a program called Cubes In Space from Idoodle Learning. They had to write up proposals for science experiments that would go inside a plastic cube, measuring 4cm x 4cm x 4cm. Here she could get the chance to have an experiment sent up on a NASA high-altitude balloon or launched on a NASA sounding rocket.
In December of 2016 Julie started her own web news show with help from her family, Supernova Style Science News. It is news to give you brain bombs…Supernova Style. Julie is the head writer for her show, and is learning how to put it all together to create the final video.
In March of 2017 Julie attended an entrepreneur workshop at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, where she and other students were given the task to develop a product to solve an everyday problem. A reporter from the local newspaper, The Nashua Telegraph, attended the last day of the workshop and put a picture of Julie's group on the front page of the newspaper. She was also interviewed by a reporter from the local ABC station, WMUR.
Later in March, Julie and the group of kids she organized from the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club submitted 6 proposals for science experiments to the Cubes In Space program. Two were proposed to go on the sounding rocket and the other 4 on the high altitude balloon. Julie was the lead on 1 experiment and co-lead on 3 others. In April the group found out that all 6 proposals were accepted and will fly on the rocket and balloon! Julie's lead experiment tests the level of radiation protection and amount of secondary radiation between aerospace grade aluminum and aluminum metal foam.
On April 22nd Julie and her family participated in the March For Science in Boston. She marched from MIT to the Boston Commons with thousands of people, listened to some inspirational talks, met a lot of cool people, and overall had a great time! Julie recorded a short video during the March which can view here.
Working with the other girls at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua in the Girls Who Code program, Julie created an informative quiz using python in the environment of Codesters.com to create a quiz about the gender wage gap. It was to be a part of a web site built by these girls to bring awareness to this issue of the difference in wages between men and women.
During the week of May 22nd, Julie participated in The Mars Generation's Train Like A Martian Challenge". She made videos of herself performing the daily physical challenges and posted them on her YouTube channel. Julie won a Star Gazer Lottie Doll for her entertaining video submissions.
Julie was contacted by Step Up Magazine and was asked to write an op-ed about why kids today should learn to write code (pg 43).
The local TV station WMUR invited Julie to come to the station to be interviewed about her involvement in the Cubes In Space program.
On June 20th Julie and her family traveled to Chincoteague, VA to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility to watch the sounding rocket launch with the 2 experiments from her group at the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club with the Cubes In Space program! At the NASA Wallops Visitor Center on June 21st, Julie, along with about 12 to 15 other groups, displayed information about their experiments and also gave presentations about them. Julie met people from all over the US, Canada, Ecuador, and Colombia! She gave her presentation about her lead experiment comparing solid aluminum to aluminum metal foam. Then on June 22nd she joined everyone from the Cubes In Space program at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center to watch the rocket launch! Later that day the experiments were returned to Julie to bring home and the analysis will begin.
Also on June 21st, Julie took part in a virtual forum on Twitter about Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut to go to space. She was joined on the panel by a professor from MIT (@annafrebel), an ESA space operations engineer (@Rocket_Woman1), an astrophysics blogger (@AstroAthens), a NASA rocket engineer (@HerbalistLisa), an astrophysicst (@qdteinstein), and a member of the Planetary Society (@tanyaofmars). These women answered questions about Sally Ride and how her life and career affected their lives. This forum was hosted by GoBeyond.
Upon returning home from NASA Wallops and watching the launch of the sounding rocket, Julie wrote a blog post for The Planetary Society about her experience.
While at NASA Wallops Flight Facility for the Cubes In Space launch, she met Ivanna Hernandez from Colombia. They have kept in contact over social media. Ivanna contacted Julie to let her know that a picture of the two of them was on the front page of a newspaper in Colombia! Ivanna sent Julie a copy of the paper.
A reporter for the Nashua Telegraph contacted Julie and asked for an interview concerning her involvement in the Cubes In Space program. She met with him and told him all about the experiments, the kids she worked with, and most importantly about the launch! The story made the front page of the Sunday paper!
On July 13th Julie was one of the speakers at the 900th meeting of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, of which she is a member. She spoke about her involvement with the Cubes In Space program.
Julie was also asked to talk about her experiences with the Cubes In Space program at the Boxoboro ARRL New England Division Ham Radio Convention on September 9th, along with her mother and the other kids from the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club. Other clubs were interested in learning about the program as a way to attract more young people to become involved in ham radio.
In September, she found out about the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest from James Guillochon from the Havard-Smithosonian Center for Astrophysics. She created a 3 minute video on the tidal disruption events around a black hole. Her video didn’t make it to the finals but it was in the top 20% of those submitted.
On October 14, 2017 Julie attended the Skyscrapers Inc. AstroAssembly in Rhode Island. She was one of the presenters along with Stella Kafka from the AAVSO. Julie talked about her involvement in the Cubes in Space program. There were a lot of good questions from those who attended, many who were teachers and were interested in participating in the program.
LEGO released their Women of NASA set which includes Margaret Hamilton (computer scientist who helped write the code for the Apollo mission to the moon), Sally Ride (astronaut on the Space Shuttle Challenger, the first American woman in space), Mae Jemison (astronaut on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the first African American woman in space), and Nancy Grace Roman (the “Mother of Hubble”). On November 8th Julie got a rare opportunity to attend a talk by Nancy Grace Roman! After the talk Julie was able to talk with Dr. Roman and asked her to sign the box of the LEGO set.
Julie is participating again in the Girls Who Code program at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua. This year she will be helping younger girls to learn HTML as she continues to learn herself.
At the beginning of 2018 Julie found out she was chosen to one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space! At 13 she was one of the youngest to receive this award. Two of her friends, Allie Weber and Kaitlyn Ludlum, are also among this inaugural class!
Julie submitted an entry into the National Science Foundation’s Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science comic contest. She created her own superhero based on actual science and technology, wrote a short story about the character, and illustrated a3-page comic. Julie won 2nd place for her age division!
Julie is a part of a new program run by the MIT Media Lab with students from the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, Dexter Southfield School, and the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. As part of this program Julie with work with the other students to design and build a cube sat to study climate science.
In June with her family, Julie again traveled to NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague, VA to particpate in RocketFest 2018 with the Cubes In Space program. This year she has one experiment that was launched on the sounding rocket along with one other by a student from her ham radio club. Julie chose to do her presentation on her experiment that will be launched on the NASA high altitude balloon, which can launch anytime from late August to October. She got the chance to talk about her experiment with other students, teachers, industry representatives, and most importantly with the Director of NASA Walllops Flight Facility. The lauch of the sounding rocket was spectacular to watch and later that day Julie picked up her groups' experiments to take home for analysis.
While in Virginia Julie got the fantastic news that her invention, The Sage Survival System, won as New Hampshire State Merit Winner in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challege! Her invention scored the highest for all entries submitted from NH. She will continue to work on her invention so that it can be on the market for people to purchase.
Julie was contacted by Parenting NH Magazine and told that they wanted to interview her, arrange a photo shoot, and put her picture on the cover! Her story was printed in the August 2018 issue! Julie arranged to have the photos taken at MakeIt! Labs in Nashua, where her parents are members. This was the first time Julie was asked for a photo shoot, she had a good time with the photographer. The articled covered more than just her achievements, it also talked about Julie's experiences at school, with friends, and in her activities.
One of the more fun things Julie did this summer was travel to NYC to film a science demonstration for the TV show Wonderama! She had so much fun with David Osmond, Coco and Breezy, and the entire crew. For her demonstration Julie found ways to explain Bernoulli's Principle. She challenged David to a race, who could blow up a 5 ft bag the fastest! Of course Julie won using Bernoulli's Principle! To have even more fun Julie showed off her latest project, the World's First 4 Toilet Paper Roll Bernoulli Blower!! The audience loved it! Follow Wonderama and Julie online to find out when the episode will be available on YouTube.
For the second year Julie participated in the summer program at the Salisbury Public Library in Salisbury, NH. She put together science demonstrations about music and sound. One of the most popular was the gummy bear wave machine. She loves talking to younger kids about science and see them get excited about learning something new.
Right before starting high school Julie travelled to San Francisco where she got to finally meet her STEAM sister Allie Weber and another long-time friend Elijah Horland. The three of them of course met up at a science center, The Exploratorium. Not only did they have fun with all of the activities and exhibits they also took some time to go on a dinosaur rampage! Julie also got to finally meet one of her mentors Tamara Robertson, who was on Mythbusters The Search and SciJinks on the Science Channel.
In September Julie attended the New England ARRL Boxboro Ham Radio Convention. For the third year she was a part of the Youth Forum, talking about why she got into ham radio and her thoughts on how to get more kids involved. She also talked about her experiences with the Cubes In Space program as part of her ham radio club. What made this year extra special was that the guest speaker for the banquet was none other than Astronaut Abby!
Julie got the chance to meet another very well-known astrophysicist, Avi Loeb. He was the speaker at the first public observatory night at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics for the fall semester. Julie enjoyed his talk and was able to ask him a couple questions.
In September Julie attended her first Maker Faire in New York City. She was able to qualify for press credentials and she took the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in the maker community, like Joel Telling, Naomi Wu, and more! Julie also scored interviews with all 6 of the kids from Mythbusters Jr, which will air late in 2018.
Another first for Julie this year is attending the New York City Comic Con! She met up with Tamara Robertson to roam around and together they attended the Star Talk panel with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. After the talk was over Julie was able to go back stage and talk with Dr. Tyson and even give him an early birthday present, a picture of the last time they met in 2015. He not only remembered Julie but also remembered the question she asked him! He was highly impressed with all she has been doing and encouraged her to keep up the fantastic work.
Mid-October saw the re-release of the Marvel comic, The Unstoppable Wasp! Julie was very excited about this because the writer continued the section at the end where Nadia (the main character) interviews real female scientists. In this new #1 issue, Julie was the scientist being interviewed! She is honored and excited about the interview, where not only does she talk about her own accomplishments, Julie also talks about others in STEAM that she feels inspired her and others.
Awards and Recognition
|2014||Junior Hip Hop National Champion (Group), Dancer's Inc.|
|2014||Dance in Downtown Disnet, Walt Disney World|
|2015||Certificate of Completion, Super Earths and Life, Harvard University, edx.org|
|2016||Certificate of Completion, Introduction to Public Speaking, Univeristy of Washington, edx.org|
|2016||Obtained Technician Amateur Radio License, KC1GMW, Clay Center Amateur Radio Club|
|2016||Start of Supernova Style Science News YouTube channel|
|2017||Interviewed by The Nashua Telegraph and WMUR for participation in entrepreneur workshop, Boys and Girls Club of Greather Nashua|
|2017||Six experiment proposals accepted for Cubes In Space program from Idoodle Learning, Clay Center Amateur Radio Club|
|2017||Won a Stargazer Lottie Doll from The Mars Generation's "Train Like A Martian" video challenge|
|2017||Wrote an artical for Step Up Magazine entitled Kids Coding the Future" (pg. 43)|
|2017||Interviewed by WMUR about involvement in the Cubes In Space program|
|2017||Panel member on Twitter forum about Sally Ride hosted by GoBeyond|
|2017||Interviewed by The Nashua Telegraph about involvement in the Cubes In Space program|
|2017||Speaker at the 900th meeting of the Amatuer Telescope Makers of Boston about involvment in the Cubes In Space program|
|2017||Speaker at Boxboro ARRL New England Division Ham Radio Convention about involvement in the Cubes In Space program|
|2017||Placed in top 20% for video submission to the Breakthrough Junior Challenge|
|2017||Speaker at Skyscraper's Inc AstroAssembly about involvement in the Cubes In Space program|
|2018||Recipient of The Mars Generation's 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award (inaugural class)|
|2018||Awarded 2nd place in the National Science Foundation's Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science comic contest (middle school division)|
|2018||Selected to be part of the first group of middle/high school students to work with the MIT Media Lab on their Climate CubeSat Co-Building Outreach Program (C3)|
|2018||Won 1 spot on the NASA sounding rocket and 1 spot on the NASA high altitude balloon for her experiments with the Cubes In Space program|
|2018||NH State Merit Winner for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for the Sage Survival System|
|2018||Interviewed by Parenting NH Magazine for feature article, and photo on the front cover.|
|2018||Asked to come to New York, NY to film a science demo for the TV show, Wonderama|
|2018||Feature article in local NH Fiddlehead magazine|
|2018||Interviewed by Nadia Van Dyne in the Marvel comic The Unstoppable Wasp|