Julie Seven Sage is a 13-year-old aspiring astrophysicist who loves all science.
Julie was born on April 24, 2004, 14 years to the day after the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.
She read her first book without help before she turned 4, it was Dr. Seuss’ Butter Battlefield book.
At age 4 she started dancing, she liked tap the best.
When she was 6 years old, she told her parents she wanted to be an astrophysicist to study black holes, movement of stars, and in general how it all worked.
Throughout her life, Julie has visited many zoos, aquariums, and museums. She has visited zoos in California, Montreal, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. She has also visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC.
In 2014 she had the opportunity with her dance school to dance in Downtown Disney and she was a national champion in hip hop for her age group. This same year she decided to stop dance so she could focus more on her science.
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 scientists.
At the end of 2014 she became a member of ATMOB (Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston).
Then Julie received a Yule present she would never forget...
In January of 2015 Julie attended a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson, she was pulled up on stage with him 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.
At age 10, Julie took her first college level course online via edx.org called Super Earths and Life. She passed the class with an average grade of 96%. She later took another course in public speaking where she earned a final grade of 100%.
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 telescope which she will build herself. She is being taught by Michael Mattei, a former optics engineer from Lincoln Labs.
Julie started middle school in the fall of 2015. She was involved in a lot of activities in school, student council, chess club, yearbook club, chorus, select chorus, drama club, the spelling bee, and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
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 how to learn to code.
In the summer of 2016 Julie attended her first MakerFest at MakeIt Labs and got to learn about Arduinos.
In the fall of 2016 Julie joined a Girls Who Code group at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua where she is learning Python and HTML.
Along with other members of the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, Julie started a group to write up proposals for science experiments for the Cubes In Space program by idoodle Learning. Here she could get the chance to have an experiment sent up on a high altitude balloon or launched on a sounding rocket.
Of course, in 2016 Julie started her own Web News Show with help from her family. Supernova Style Science News. 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 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. 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.
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 you 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 and the environment of Codesters.com to create a quiz about the gender wage gap. It is to be a part of a web site being 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.
The local TV station WMUR invited Julie to come to the station to be interviewed about her involvement in the Cubes In Space program. Here is a link to the interview.
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 as well. Julie met people from all over the US, from Canada, Ecuador, and Columbia! 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.
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.