#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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