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The STEM Class Podcast

Mar 27, 2022

The talent portion of the Miss America pageant typically consists of contestants singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. All that changed when the most recent Miss America, Camille Schrier, carried out a STEM demonstration during her talent portion.

The STEM Class Podcast host Anthony Arno talks with Schrier about her lifelong passion for science and her decision to showcase a STEM activity as part of her talent portion, and the reaction from other contestants.

Additional topics covered include:

  • Early educators who made a difference
  • Teachers as role models
  • Earliest interest in science
  • Entry into first beauty pageant
  • Decision to present a STEM activity over performing arts during talent portion
  • Following a passion for science 
  • Initial reaction from other contestants
  • Most unusual talent segments through the years of Miss America
  • The final seconds before the winner is announced
  • Comparing Miss America journey to the scientific method
  • Official platform as Miss America: Mind Your Meds
  • How to encourage girls and minorities to consider STEM careers
  • How the pandemic affected Miss America's reign
  • Collaboration for 3M Science at Home series
  • Cooking Up Science with Miss America (PBS 9 part mini-series)
  • Most memorable story as Miss America while visiting schools
  • Most memorable souvenir received as Miss America
  • Passing the Miss America crown to the next recipient
  • Does Miss America get to keep the actual crown?
  • What other STEM demonstrations were being considered for pageant? 
  • Final Minute before the Final Bell
    • Morning Person or Night Owl: Morning
    • Mac or PC: Mac
    • Favorite Childhood Book: Millions of Cats
    • First Paying Job: Parents Company
    • Favorite TV Show: News
    • Latest Music Download: Podcasts 
    • Unexpected Snow Day: Play with the dog in the snow
    • Next Item on Bucket List: Travel Internationally