#STEAMRising Today – 04.20.2021

Our daughters are our future.  Our future is our daughters.

Here is what’s happening today for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Science).

News

Representation of women in STEM varies widely across professions.  A recent study shows that 74% of STEM-related health care roles are held by women whereas women are only 15% of the engineering workforce.

NASA is making great strides in employing women in STEM positions.

Women in STEM/STEAM

NBC News Learn has created a 10-part video series call “Changing the Games: Women in STEM at the Tokyo Olympics”, featuring women in STEM careers who work with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.

Many of the key players in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines are women scientists!

Read about Stefanie Khan, Global Data Analytics Leader at Xerox.

Ideas

Women in technology often temper their confidence with modesty in order to avoid a reputation for being difficult, overbearing or aggressive.

Happenings

The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering will take place April 24 through May 2 on-line with free livestreaming events and special events including talks from Women in STEAM.

Resources

These seven kids’ books spotlight what being a scientist looks like.

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#STEAMRising Today – 4.13.2021

Our daughters are our future.  Our future is our daughters.

Here is what’s happening today for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Science).

News

We have all heard that the pandemic has not been good for women career-wise, but could it be especially bad for women in STEM/STEAM careers?

And the remote-learning environment caused by the pandemic has been detrimental to STEM/STEAM education as well.

As part of the United States Mint’s American Women Quarters Program, astronaut Dr. Sally Ride will be one of the first women honored and will be celebrated on a 2022 quarter.

Women in STEM/STEAM

Being part of a pit crew is a STEM/STEAM career!  Beth Paretta is the owner of Paretta Autosports, the first entrant in the Indy 500 from a team that is female-owned, female-driven and with a largely female crew!

Read about Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, President of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and her 5 leadership lessons.

Did you know that being a storm chaser is a STEM/STEAM career?  More women are becoming storm chasers.

Ideas

How do we cultivate the next generation of female STEM/STEAM thinkers?

What do you see when asked to picture a scientist?  Probably a man in a lab coat!  Research shows that when we see people who look like us doing something that we want to do, we can actually envision ourselves doing that same thing and believe that we can do it.  On April 14 NOVA on PBS is presenting “Picture a Scientist”, documenting researchers exposing discrimination and working to make science more inclusive.

Happenings

Registration is open for the Davis Youth Robotics team’s on-line Summer RoboCamps.  These camps are intended for students entering the fourth through eighth grades. 

Florida State University’s Graduate Women in STEM organization is presenting the seventh annual “Art in STEM” exhibit – and yes, it is virtual this year.  This exhibit allows the viewer to explore the beauty and artistry of science and showcases the importance of adding the “A” for arts to STEM, creating STEAM, and opening the door of science to a larger population.

Resources

Check out the Girlstart website with resources for parents, students, teachers and volunteers.  Girlstart provides year-round STEM education and experience programs for K-12 girls.

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#STEAMRising Today – 4.12.2021

Our daughters are our future. Our future is our daughters.

Here is what’s happening today for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Science).

News

This week, the United Arab Emeriates announced the first female Arab astronaut.  Nora Al Matrooshi is part of the second group of astronauts in the UAE Astronaut Programme.

Women in STEM/STEAM

Read about Carlotta Berry, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Alena Wicker is 12 years old, soon to graduate high school, attend Arizona State University and double major in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry with dreams of becoming a NASA engineer.

Why is NASA sending a woman to the moon?

In the Schools

Students with autism who attend college are more likely than their peers to earn STEM degrees and enter into corresponding careers.

Australia has a great program – “STEM Professionals in Schools” – where STEM industry professionals are invited to volunteer in schools to share their experiences and perspectives with students.  Listen to this this episode of Teacher Magazine’s “School Improvement” podcast for conversations with Robbie Bell, a volunteer, and Lynne Hanlon, an educator who is facilitating Robbie’s participation in the program.

STEAM

Science Fiction writing is a great example of the power of adding the “A” for “Arts” to STEM to create STEAM.  STEM and STEAM  education and careers are far more encompassing than what we generally think of when we think about STEM.  Read about Octavia Butler, a Science Fiction writer who is the namesake of the Mars Perseverance Rover landing site.

Happenings

The 47th Sun ‘n’ Fun Aerospace Expo will take place in Lakeland, Florida April 13-18.  This non-profit seeks to raise $1M to close a funding gap in the construction of Project SkyLab, an expansion of the Florida Air Museum for the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

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#STEAMRising Today – 10.01.2020

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.

Quick comment on the photo for this blog – it is my now-10-year-old niece who even at 3 was already interested in aviation.

Fly Like a Girl” is a great documentary about women pursuing their dreams of careers in the male-dominated aviation field.

Forbes has some great advice for Future Female STEM Leaders.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) awarded over $1 million this year to women pursuing education in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.

Check out my friend Carolyn Wagner’s “New World Girls” and buy the first book in the series!

Shaesta Waiz had a dream of becoming the youngest woman, and first Afghan, to fly solo around the world.  “Fly, Girl, Fly” is the children’s book that Nancy Roe Pimm wrote about Shaesta’s journey.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held an on-line panel discussion titled “Women in Bizav – Being Bold”.

Tools and Tiaras teaches girls trade skills and inspires them to excel and break stereotypes.  Find a chapter or start one of your own!

Imagine Science is a coalition of National Youth Organizations bringing STEM to underserved communities.  Read more and donate.

The 4-H Annual STEM Challenge – Mars Base Camp – starts today.

The Maryland STEM Festival is a month-long celebration of all things STEM.

The Tennessee STEAM Festival will take place October 9-18.

STEM Boomerang is a great organization connecting Job Seekers and Employers in New Mexico.

The Post Office has collectors’ “forever” stamps that feature STEM.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.24.2020

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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.

Kiwi Co has great STEAM subscription boxes for kids of all ages.  I have ordered a Tinker Crate subscription for my 10-year old niece.  I will provide a review once it is received.

Senators have introduced a $50 million bipartisan bill to help women and minorities enter STEM careers.

Amazon’s “Future Engineer” program has computer science opportunities from childhood to career-level.

Become a mentor! Research shows that personal interactions between teachers and girls at a coding camp impacted how the campers perceived their own coding capabilities.

3M’s “Science at Home” provides experiments for fun an learning for kids ages 6-12.

The virtual “Women of Color STEM Conference” will be held October 8-10.  Learn more and register here.

The Mobius Discovery Center may be temporarily closed, but they have many virtual experiences available for school-age kids.

BrainSTEMTV offers on-line STEAM education content for grades K-8 (with 9-12 coming soon) for only $5/month.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.21.2020

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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 was very excited about the Million Girls Moonshot, an initiative aimed at empowering girls to become builders, innovators, makes and problem solvers.  This initiative is the brainchild of those at the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.

What does a scientist look like?  Check out the If/Then Collection.  Inspiring images!

Read about Cindy Patton, a Senior Systems Engineer at Allscripts and then look around girlstart, a website dedicated to empowering girls in STEM.  Resources for students, parents and teachers.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Transforming From STEM to STEAM Education”.  It’s available from the publisher now with a 20% discount.

Nilah Williamson has big dreams of becoming a naval aviator and a goal of earning her pilot’s license before she graduates from high school.

Kids learn to code while building video games at Code Ninjas.

Checkout Challenge Island – a virtual wonderland for STEAM learning!

Is STEM education a fix-all for our future?

Mike Sepsos is the founder of Major League Gaming.  In this podcast, he discusses the connecting between gaming and STEM.

This infographic points a relatively grim picture of the state of STEM education programs in the United States when compared to other countries.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.15.2020

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.

The National Air and Space Museum has a terrific website for Air and Space education!  I have been lost for hours in their amazing content.

Read about 15-year old Neha Shukla, inventor of “SixFeetApart”, a sensor device that beeps or vibrates when the wearer violates social distancing recommendations.

The Girls Scouts of Western Oklahoma have just opened Camp Trivera – an urban STEM-focused camp in Oklahoma City.  The opportunities offered are tremendous!

Johnson & Johnson is now applications for it’s STEM2D Scholars Award – (Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Design).

Read about how Melinda Gates, Karly Kloss and Tina Tchen are using their voices to promote girls and women in STEAM.

Amazon has programs promoting STEM education and careers ranging from elementary school through college with contests, internships, scholarships and many learning opportunities.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.11.2020

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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.

Read about Briana Davis, the 18-year old behind the “STEAM for All” initiative.

I love the “A Mighty Girl” website.  Download a beautiful – and free! - poster of an inspiring woman in STEM.

Check out Pivot Interactives, the winner of the 2020 Tech Edvocate Award for Best STEM/STEAM Education App or Tool.  Here are the rest of the finalists.

Do you know or are you a young artist with an interest in space?  The 11th Annual Space Foundation International Student Arts Contest is now accepting submissions.

Students entering the NASA/TI 2020 Codes Contest were tasked with automating or optimizing a process or product for living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).  See the finalists and vote for the winner!

And speaking of NASA, they have a great website for STEM engagement for both students and educators.

Register now for the Wonder Women Virtual Summit and Festival, scheduled for September 16-19, celebrating, empowering and highlighting women and diversity in STEAM.

Toyota has created a website to stimulate girls’ interest in manufacturing or, as they call it, “womanufacturing”.

Gary Koppelman is an award-winning science teacher and the creator of the “Environmental Life Lab”.  Mr. Koppelman’s method for teaching science embodies all that I believe about getting more kids excited about STEM/STEAM.

Trashbots is an innovative platform for robotics and coding for students K-12.

Did you know…

…that designing clothing (personal protective equipment) including pants, tops, dresses and facemasks for medical personnel and scientists fighting COVID-19 is a STEM/STEAM career?  Read about Beau Wangtrakuwee!

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.10.2020

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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.

Rutgers University has created a STEM MBA.

I love it when my two passions – aviation and STEM – come together!  The General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) just opened up registration for the 2021 Aviation Design Challenge.  They are accepting registration through December 17.

Here is some great information about what to look for in STEM/STEAM activities for kids.

This article talks about getting students who don’t want to study science into STEM fields.  My answer – make it STEAM, focus on kids’ interests and the problems that need to be solved, and BE MORE INCLUSIVE!  You don’t have to be a scientist to have a STEAM career!

The first book in National Geographic’s Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series is available now.  Great for middle-grade girls interested in STEM/STEAM.

Checkout this article on “Emily’s Wonder Lab” and then watch the show focused on getting girls interested in STEM/STEAM careers.  Available on Netflix.

If you’re in the Mesa, Arizona area, please give some business to Empower Coffee Roasters where 5% of their sales to Live & Learn AZ, a non-profit that is providing education to girls in STEM.

New images from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory have been released.  STUNNING!

Did you know…That being a skateboard designer is a STEM/STEAM career?  Read about Kayla Nguyen who used working in a skateboard shop into a career as an inventor!

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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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