#STEAMRising Today 8.31.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

Girls Scouts have the opportunity to design an experiment that will be performed in space in 2021 with a program called “Making Space for Girls”.  Learn more and register here.

Starting today and running through October 2 is the virtual Bendigo (Austria) Invention + Innovation Festival. Highlights are the International Women In STEAM Forum and the Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project.  Registration is free.

Meet Aisha Bowe, former NASA engineer, now an entrepreneur and STEM champion.

Australia is bridging the STEM education gap between city kids and bush kids using virtual reality.

The Women’s Technology Centre is looking for female STEM professionals for the MentorHer Programme.

Did you know…

…Data Scientist is a STEM career?  Read about data scientist Laura Sinnott.

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#STEAMRising Today – 8.30.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

I have always believed that a STEM education teaches logical thinking and can therefore be valuable for students outside topics that are generally considered STEM (hence the “A”).  Here is a great article about engaging preschoolers in STEM education and activities.

Some of the “Best Places to Work” in Philadelphia are doing great things to get young people interested in STEM.

Read about William McHenry, the director of Jackson State University’s Mississippi e-Center, who has secured more than $60 million in grants to promote STEM careers.

Deloitte is behind “The Ella Project” an online toolkit of “Ella the Engineer comics and resources to interest young women in STEM careers.  There will soon be an online classroom as well.

Premier Genie, started in 2014, is an on-line math and coding learning platform whose graduates have gone on to attend top-tier universities such as Stanford, NYU, UC Berkeley, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, McGill and University of Toronto.

The author of this opinion piece believes that in order to attract more young women to engineering in the UK, the career must be made more prestigious.

Travis Kelce, of the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs, is using the windfall from his new contract to build Ignition Lab”, a coworking space catering to underserved teens in Kansas City with an emphasis on exploring careers in STEM.  Read more here.

Adji Bousso Bieng is an artificial intelligence (AI) expert from Senegal and Princeton’s College of Engineering’s first black female faculty member.  Her story is inspiring!

The Malta Chamber of Scientists is kicking off a year-long program called Women in STEM – Bridging the Gap”.

I enjoyed this interview with Claire Carter, “Women in Lenovo Leadership” Ambassador.

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#STEAMRising Today – 8.29.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

I have read many articles over the last 5 or 6 months about how COVID-19 is especially bad for working women.  Here is an interesting perspective on how the virus is gender parity in schools, in particular in STEM/STEAM education.

I had the pleasure of speaking to 8th through 12th graders during the virtual Choctaw Water STEM camp in July and am happy to see that many STEM/STEAM events are moving online this year – opening up education opportunities that haven’t be so easily accessing in the past.  Here is a link to information about the virtual USC Aikens Annual STEM Festival to be held October 12-16.  Admission is free.

Do you know a student who loves to code?  Maybe they should apply for the Congressional App Challenge, taking registration and accepting apps through October 19.

Here is a great show that I found while binge-watching this Summer:  Mission Unstoppable.  Miranda Cosgrove hosts this CBS show for kids ages 13-16 that celebrates women who have become superstars in STEM-related careers.

I loved reading about Kavelle Hylton, a young teacher and STEM entrepreneur in Jamaica.

More good news for STEM/STEAM on the international front:

I enjoyed this interview with Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa and STEM advocate.  Karen is often described as one of South Africa’s most inspiring women in tech.

And finally, from the Boston Globe:

“Whether parlor game or sacred source of guidance and meaning, tarot cards have taken many forms since the 15th century, and this week MIT Press is publishing a new set. The “Women of Science Tarot Deck” features both fundamental scientific concepts — gravity, extinction, diversity — in the major arcana, as well as 56 potent women who have altered STEM, including cards for marine biologist and “Silent Spring” author Rachel Carson; 18th-century Chinese astronomer and poet Wang Zhenyi; mathematician Emmy Noether, who Einstein, among others, described as the most important woman in the history of math; and Alice Augusta Ball, a chemist who developed the most effective leprosy treatment, and the first African-American to get a masters from the University of Hawaii; among many others. The bold and fluid illustrations are done by neuroscientist and comic artist Matteo Farinella, whose work combines his scientific expertise with his skill for visual storytelling. And the set includes a guidebook with biographies of the scientists as well as how to use the cards. The package is a neat way to familiarize yourself with women of STEM and get a glimpse of what the future might hold.”

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#STEAMRising Today – 8.27.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with today’s news in the world of STEM/STEAM.

Ever wondered what it takes to become an astronaut?  Take a look at this!

Running out of science-y things to do with your kids at home?  Backyard Science Adventures might be what you are looking for.

Did you know that since the Girl Scouts added STEM/STEAM badges to their program over 1 million have been earned?  Young ladies have earned over 10,000 Cyber Security badges alone!

Olay is using their advertising to tackle STEM/STEAM gender equality with their “Pitch for a Purpose” campaign.

I am always interested in reading interviews of women leaders in STEM/STEAM.  These interviews with Calista Redmond and Patricia Obo-Nai are worth the read.

A few weeks ago during one of the morning talk shows, the hosts were discussing parents who “know” what their children’s careers are going to be when they are very young.  They laughed when several of the parents said that their children would have STEM/STEAM careers, seemingly not knowing what a STEM/STEAM career was.  In fact, they didn’t even know what the letters in STEM stand for.  So, in an effort to educate and include more girls and women in STEM/STEAM careers, every day I will highlight a STEM/STEAM career. You might be surprised at what makes the list.

DID YOU KNOW…

…that being a pastry chef is a STEM/STEAM career?  Meet Dinara Kasko.

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