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Uncover new science and engineering stories with QUEST, an award-winning multimedia series produced by KQED. Explore an array of science topics and careers through videos, animations, e-books and more at questscience.org.

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Uncover new science and engineering stories with QUEST, an award-winning multimedia series produced by KQED. Explore an array of science topics and careers through videos, animations, e-books and more at questscience.org.

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    Converting Buses into Mobile Showers for the Homeless Engine

    Converting Buses into Mobile Showers for the Homeless Engine

    • 4 min
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    Career Spotlight | Software Engineer

    Career Spotlight | Software Engineer

    In 2013, Jessica Mong arrived in the Bay Area with $100 in her pocket and a desire to enter the field of software engineering. Fast forward two years, and Jessica is now a software engineer with SurveyMonkey, a tech company that creates and designs custom online surveys. Jessica works on the billing side, writing code to ensure that customers can access and pay for surveys.

    Growing up in Nigeria, Jessica excelled at science and math. She received a scholarship to attend college in the United States at Claflin University in South Carolina to study computer engineering. When she started applying for software engineering jobs, she realized she lacked hands-on software engineering experience.

    She made the decision to attend Hackbright Academy, a software engineering school for women in San Francisco. Not only was she able to broaden her programming skillset, but she was able to make connections with other people in her field.

    "I don't know where I'd be without mentors who supported me," says Jessica.

    Her advice to others interested in becoming a software engineer? Build a network and don't get discouraged.

    • 3 min
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    Career Spotlight Civil Engineer

    Career Spotlight Civil Engineer

    • 2 min
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    Are Robots Taking Our Jobs?

    Are Robots Taking Our Jobs?

    From robotic surgeries to driverless cars, as technology advances, robots are able to peform all different kinds of tasks. This means they could put some people out of work.

    • 2 min
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    What is Structural Engineering | Science Spotlight

    What is Structural Engineering | Science Spotlight

    Structural engineering is a specialized branch of civil engineering that entails analyzing and designing structures -- things like buildings, bridges and even concert stages.

    Engineering is a big discipline that involves a systematic approach to designing solutions to problems experienced in the real world. There are many different fields of engineering, like mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering and systems engineering. And within these categories there are various subcategories-- and structural engineering is a subcategory of civil engineering.

    • 1 min
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    Career Spotlight | The Planet-Searching Physicist

    Career Spotlight | The Planet-Searching Physicist

    Growing up in a small town in New Mexico, Elisa Quintana didn't even think about science. She grew up in a household that did not stress the importance of math and science. It was not until community college that she realized she liked math, and ended up transferring to the University of California, San Diego to pursue a degree in physics.

    • 2 min

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