A high school student and aspiring engineer who was arrested a year ago for a science project gone awry has participated in a video explaining her experience and condemning the school-to-prison pipeline.
In May 2013, Kiera Wilmot, a student at Bartow High School in Bartow, FL, was arrested and charged with two felonies after an "advanced volcano" project involving aluminum foil and toilet cleaner exploded in class. The charges have since been dropped, but it will take a decade before her record is cleared.
Wilmot hopes to become engineer and work on "building robots that can do tasks like surgeries or driving cars." The ordeal earned the honors student a private scholarship to the U.S. Space Academy, which she attended last year.
"I like to program and build robots, it's challenging and you have to build them a certain way," she told ABC at the time. "I'd like to be careful with the science I do, always remember to follow directions, and be aware of peer pressure."