Known as The STEAM Sisters, Sandhya Mylabathula and Swapna Mylabathula are passionate science communicators and PhD and MD/PhD candidates at the University of Toronto. They love engaging with the public on important science concepts and research in an easy-to-understand and accessible way, to share their passion and to promote a more science-literate community.
Their project, The STEAM League, provides high school students with an educational and engaging look into the lives of STEAMSuperheroes – all from the safety of their own homes while engaging their audiences through various media including television, print, YouTube, and podcasts. Guest superheroes on the show include Canada's first MasterChef, a record-holding Canadian astronaut, and a former Canadian Olympian and current sport & exercise medicine physician. Season 1 was funded by the COVID-19 Student Engagement Award and Season 2 is currently in the works.
You can find the STEAM Sisters here, or on Instagram and Twitter at @steam.sisters.
This interview is part of our Covid-19 Speaker Series, which highlights the work of University of Toronto students who were recipients of the COVID-19 Student Engagement Award. The COVID-19 Student Engagement Award provided financial support to University of Toronto students developing innovative projects that have contributed to the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
This series was envisioned by and carried out by Iram Iram, Ajla Behri, Feroza Tareen, and Ebube Umeano, student staff in our Leadership and Co-Curricular Record team, with some editing assistance from Jonathan Collaton, the regular host of The Meeting Place.