Julie Seven Sage is a 12-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, and first time she saw it 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 the Sacramento Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Park Safari in Montreal, Baltimore Aquarium, Boston Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo in Boston, York Wild Kingdom in Maine, Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, 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.
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 & 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 scientists.
At the end of 2014 she became a member of ATMOB (Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston).
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 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.
In the summer of 2016 Julie attended her first MakerFest at MakeIt Labs and got to learn about Arduinos.
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 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 the Cubes In Space program. Here she could get the chance to have an experiment sent up on a weather balloon or launched in 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.