Sophia Swartz


Creativity + Grit + Growth Mindset = Science

Science as a creative outlet to empower teens receives very little recognition, and the idea that teens can make valuable contributions to scientific and political discourse receives even less.

Sophia believes there are three main attributes which define what it means to be a scientist: creativity, grit, and a growth mindset.

By sharing her personal story of how she fell in love with science and breaking it down into three small shifts in attitude, Sophia will demonstrate how everyone possesses the organic ingredients necessary to make these small shifts, defy science stereotypes, and harness our potential to change the world around us.




Sophia Swartz is a senior at Central Bucks High School South. She is passionate about creating a direct interface between teens, science, and political activism through her work with the national March for Science as a speaker, teen organizer, and science blogger.

Additionally, Sophia has won recognition from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the MIT THINK Scholars Program, the Pennsylvania BioGENEius Competition, Monsanto Company, Wolfram Mathematica, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

Sophia even has a minor planet named after her.

Published Articles

Humanity Has the Capacity to Combat Climate Change

Bucks County Courier Times

Humans have existed for just 0.004 percent of the Earth’s history.

Over the course of those short 200,000 years, we have harnessed agriculture, industrial civilization and objective science to remedy the pressing global issues of tomorrow. These tools permit the exchange of information, goods and people despite the boundaries of geography, race and social class.

Unlike humanity, however, climate change is not new to the Earth. Beginning 443 million years ago, a series of … READ MORE

STEM Has a Girl Problem

Bucks County Courier Times

For once, STEM has a problem that cannot be solved through detailed schematics, stellar experimental design or impressive data analysis.

Simply put? STEM has a girl problem.

Universally described as the discipline of the future, STEM (today’s shorthand for science, technology, engineering and math) is a burgeoning field. From 2008 to 2018, STEM jobs are projected to grow … READ MORE

Everything You Need to Know about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Show Some STEMpathy

Unless you’ve taken up residence inside a dark, subterranean bunker with no internet access, you’ve probably heard of The Great American Eclipse. Hailed as “spiritual,” “life-changing,” “exhilarating,” and even “an obsession,” astronomical phenomena like today’s total eclipse are pretty cool, for reasons both scientific and spectacular. … READ MORE

Top 10 Science Destinations for Your Summer Road Trip

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So much science, so little time! As summer nears to a close, there’s nothing like a cross-country science road trip to capture these last precious moments. Although school will be starting for me in less than a week, the lucky few with more summer left to spend are hereby officially invited to embark on a rollicking tour of the US’s national science treasures. Pack your bags, bring your brain, and don’t forget the sunscreen. … READ MORE