Adriana Mendez is a rising 11th grader born May 15, 2003 in Washington, DC. Adriana began her TransSTEM career in the 8th grade. In middle school, she took courses in STEM that introduced her to a broad spectrum of STEM fields and activities. In the 9th grade, she successfully completed Introduction to Technology, learning basic computer skills and being introduced to different applications, to increase the ease of access with technology. Currently, Adriana has actively volunteered as a student leader on field trips and school events within the TransSTEM Academy.