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Megan Olomu

Stanford University
Megan is currently pursuing a major in Public Policy with a minor in Economics at Stanford University. A native Texan, Megan graduated from Greenhill School with a GPA in the top 6% of her class while also being an active member of her community. She served as president of the Student Council and Political Action Club, was a devoted member of her high school’s choir, and a three-sport varsity athlete. She accumulated several honors throughout her high school career such as Athlete of the Year, the Dartmouth Book Award, and induction into the Cum Laude Society. In recognition of all these accomplishments, she was the recipient of the Bernard L. Fulton Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior at her high school. At Stanford, Megan is a member of the Track and Field team and Stanford Women in Politics. In her free time, Megan loves to sing, play piano, and listen to podcasts. She has previously interned for a Texas State Senate campaign, a Civil District Court, and a local law firm. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant for Professor Mark Duggan, the director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, looking at the economic implications of privatizing the hospital sector. This summer, she looks forward to beginning her legal fellowship at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington D.C.’s top law firm. She has a deep passion for law, economics, and healthcare, and can’t wait to further explore the intersection of these fields.
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Josue Gil-Silva

Stanford University
Josué is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Product Realization at Stanford University. In 2019, he graduated from Alisal High School in Salinas, California as the Valedictorian and four year captain of the Varsity basketball team. Growing up in a community of predominantly Latino immigrants opened his eyes to the large inequalities in society. He has been involved in various forms of activism in his community, including helping found the Monterey County Black and Brown Solidarity Coalition this summer, where they organized a 14-mile march to speak against police brutality and systematic racism. In addition, Josué’s passion for engineering and design came from when he joined the Robotics club in high school and his team won first place at a regional competition. This opened his eyes to the myriad of creative projects that can be done through engineering. Since then, he has worked on addressing issues like socioeconomic inequity in solar energy through his internship with Shake Energy Collaborative, to currently working on a product to address the issue of global hunger with the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Student Association. He also serves as a Team Manager for the Men’s Basketball Team and founded a custom shoe painting business with his dad and brother. Whether you have a design idea or want to learn Spanish, Josué is eager to speak with students about any of his passions. He is a big believer in “learning by doing”, and he is excited to collaborate with students on any curiosities they might have!
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Our Projects

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Create an Anatomy Art Portfolio

Medicine & Health
Project deliverable:
Present your project and create a portfolio of different species

Board Game Design

Sports & Entertainment
Project deliverable:
Playtest your game and iterate upon rules and strategies, discussing publishing and marketing

Spanish Translation Studies

History & World Cultures
Project deliverable:
Create an exposition, website, chapbook, or zine to present your work

Redesign an App

Engineering & Design Thinking
Project deliverable:
Create an exposition, website, chapbook, or zine to present your work.

3D Printing Design

Science & Technology
Project deliverable:
Produce physical prints of functional devices ready for 3D printing

Making "Perpetual Machines" with Electromagnets

Engineering & Design Thinking
Project deliverable:
Plan and build your own machine, applying your new knowledge

Build a fantasy football projection system

Sports & Entertainment
Project deliverable:
Build and validate your projection system using the data you acquired previously, and win your league!

Create a Hydroponic Garden

Environmental Science
Project deliverable:
Plan for future growth goals, seasonality, and interest

Design Thinking

Business & Entrepreneurship
Project deliverable:
Develop low- and high-tech prototypes, testing for efficacy and market-fit

Web Development

Computer Science & Math
Project deliverable:
Use React to build your web application

Shoot a Short Film

Creative Arts
Project deliverable:
Learn about the post-production process, editing, color-correcting, and adding music and special effects to complete your movie

The Science of Fiction

Science & Technology
Project deliverable:
Write a research paper about whether the phenomenon is science-fiction or science-fact!

Introduction to Songwriting

Creative Arts
Project deliverable:
Record and produce your song, outlining a plan for publication

Organize a Political Campaign

Politics & Government
Project deliverable:
Put together your own campaign website with your views and strategy

Develop a Philosophical Theory

Literature & Philosophy
Project deliverable:
Learn how to write a philosophy paper to encapsulate your theory, and share it with a college philosophy professor!

Understanding Gender and Race Discrimination in the Workplace

Social Justice & Ethics
Project deliverable:
Write and workshop your own policy proposal to tackle race and gender discrimination in the workplace

Immigration History Through Oral Interviews

Social Justice & Ethics
Project deliverable:
Choose a way to tell your interviewees' stories whether it be a paper, documentary, podcast or art

Partner with a Kelp Farm to Produce a Sustainable Food Source

Environmental Science
Project deliverable:
Pitch your idea to a local kelp farm and collaborate to make your product a reality

Policy Memo Writing: Economics and Public Policy

Politics & Government
Project deliverable:
Discuss, write, and workshop a policy memo on a chosen topic and deliver it to an elected official.

Create a Medical Diagnostic Tool

Medicine & Health
Project deliverable:
Develop a your idea in the form of an app or digital platform, and share with your community

Develop an Art-Based Video Game

Computer Science & Math
Project deliverable:
Apply your knowledge and produce your game!

How to Start a Business

Business & Entrepreneurship
Project deliverable:
Create a business model and go-to-market strategy!

Bringing Edison’s Inventions to Life

History & World Cultures
Project deliverable:
Recreate the invention yourself using simple materials

Poetry Chapbook Creation

Literature & Philosophy
Project deliverable:
Create and curate a chapbook to present your work
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Our Vision

Curious Cardinals creates a community of lifelong learners and doers, celebrating the diversity of every member. We believe that students are most productive when they pursue passions that bring purpose to their life, in both our K-12 students and our college teachers.

Our Values

There should be no racial, financial, or cultural barriers to pursuing your passion. We harness technology to create diverse and inclusive global classrooms accessible to all curious students.

Our Partners

We work in conjunction with schools to spark passion in students and help them apply the knowledge they learn in traditional classes to the real world.

Our Pedagogy

Curious Cardinals is at the intersection of peer-to-peer, passion-based, and project-based learning. We shift students from being passive learners to active thinkers, engagers, creators, and agents of the change they want to see in the world.

Why Students Love Curious Cardinals

Curious Cardinals has been such a fun, enjoyable learning experience, and I've loved being able to pursue my passions in interesting classes taught by mentors who inspire me. The workshops make online learning very exciting and engaging, and the classes, along with the community of Curious Cardinals, are truly unique.

Curious Cardinals helped me pursue my passions to an extent that no regular school could provide... Having a college mentor allowed me to see how I could pursue my passions in college in a variety of settings.

Curious Cardinals has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and explore topics I never knew I enjoyed. They have pushed me to be the best version of myself and give everything a go!