Young interest in science grew out of a chemistry that her parents bought when she was in first class. It became the body teacher, reminiscent of reading chapter books and writing in italics in kindergarten, solving on the way to becoming an engineer.
She showed the stereotypes and naysayers wrong with stints at NASA, McCormick & Company and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. While she loved the challenge of figuring out, for example, how to better move the spices to McCormick's famous Old Bay Seasoning through a manufacturing facility, she found herself solving a more high-stakes problem: diversifying STEM and creating opportunities in those fields for youth grow up in communities like hers.
However, the condition of B-360 was a major challenge. For nearly the past two decades, it has been illegal to drive or ride a dirt bike in Baltimore, a law apparently passed on security concerns. The prospect of a misdemeanor fee has not prevented people from riding, and the legal reality did not prevent Young from making the machines the center of her STEM training program.