Introducing our newest SciCheer, Maggie! Maggie is our latest cheerleader from across the pond in the UK, and also studying to be a software engineer. Read on to learn more about her science and cheer background!


What got you interested in STEM?

I’ve always had a knack for numbers and a passion for tackling mind-bending puzzles, so have naturally
always been drawn to the world of mathematics. My high school academic journey saw me delve
into the realms of mathematics, further maths and physics, all of which I absolutely adored and had such a thirst for knowledge in. Attending an all-girls high school, the landscape for computing and tech-based
subjects was limited, but that didn’t stop my passion for programming and technology experimentation. From orchestrating household gadgets to interacts with various commands, to experimenting with NFC tags for smart home functions, I was hooked on the intersection of innovation and problem solving. As I looked into my University options, I stumbled upon the field of software engineering, and it was like finding the missing piece to my puzzle. It was a perfect chance to marry my love for mathematics with my fascination for technology, and I haven’t looked back since!

What made you try out to be a cheerleader?

After being a competitive gymnast for most of my life, I wanted to switch things up when I moved to University, and cheerleading stole my heart from the get-go. I love the energy in cheerleading and that extra dose of excitement that you don’t get in gymnastics. There’s also nothing quite like the camaraderie of being part of a cheer squad, so the team element is definitely a big plus for me. I’ve found my groove as both a tumbler and flyer, blending my gym skills with high-flying stunts of cheer. I also love the rush of competing in massive venues, performing to huge roaring crowds.

Can you describe what you are working on?

I study software engineering, which covers everything from computer hardware to AI to web development, but my primary focus is on mastering the art of front-end development and making mobile apps. Lately, I’ve been jazzed about blending my coding skills with my passion for sports, with new cheerleading apps that are about to hit the scene, cool sports shoe store apps, and handy hiking navigation tools. I can’t wait to share these projects with the world very soon!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being part of the STEM community and taking on the role of a trailblazer, paving the way for progress and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I am driven by the desire to tackle real-world issues head-on, and create usable solutions with the potential to make a global impact. My cheerleading apps are the first of their kind, and I’m excited to see the possibilities that could be unlocked through the combination of smart technology and the sport that I love. The projects I have in store for cheerleading technology really have the scope to globally improve cheerleading safety, and streamline many common cheerleading processes. I hope to change the sport for the better and inspire others to bring technology to cheer.

How do you tackle stereotypes of cheerleaders and women in STEM?

I love to take on cheerleading stereotypes whenever I can. Being the only girl on my software engineering class, I often get funny looks and judgmental comments from my peers, especially when I show up to lectures in my cheer gear. But I love flipping the script and proving them all wrong. Incorporating cheer into my technical projects is my go-to way of defying the stereotypes and showing off my girl boss side! Whenever someone questions my cheerleader status in the tech world, I see it as a chance to educate. I love spreading the word on how thrilling my field is, and the endless possibilities it offers. Who says you can’t cheerlead and code like a pro?

Favorite cheer experience?

Without a doubt, the pinnacle of my cheerleading journey was clinching the coveted title of ultimate national champion at the 2023 UK University National Championships in Manchester. This isn’t an average trophy, it’s a badge of honor reserved for only one team each year, representing triumph not just in our division or level, but over the entire roster of 120+ teams spanning England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland!

Can you give us a fun fact?

I have a world record, which people generally think is pretty cool! If you google ‘most front walkovers in 30 seconds’, a very little Maggie pops up!


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