Currently a sophomore in High School, Riya Shah is the president/founder of Team STEAM. With a strong passion for STEM and Art, Riya created Team STEAM to give young children the opportunity to explore and build interest in STEAM as well as enable High School students to build leadership capability through community service.
“One thing that many people don’t think about is how much creativity is integrated into and intertwined with STEM. By introducing young artists and engineers to both sides of STEAM, you open new doors to creative problem solving for these children and that is a very powerful driver for me.”
Riya has been an artist at heart since a very young age. She has participated in numerous art competitions and some of her favorite mediums include paintings and prints. One of her favorite art pieces, “A reflection of harmony,” is on permanent display at the local middle school. At the same time, STEM has always been a big part of her life. She has participated in and won several Science Fairs since kindergarten and is now a member of the Science Olympiad team at her high school. Aside from STEM and Arts, Riya’s other passions include many outdoor activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. In addition, she is part of her high school’s varsity softball team.