Looking for a few good role models

 The New York Times reported Feb. 6, 2015 that parents, teachers and toy-makers discourage girls from getting into math and science. I never saw myself as being particularly good in either subject and I try not to relay this to my daughter Torie. But I’ve been able to follow her fourth-grade assignments so far. Phew!...more

Thoughts on Diversity in the Tech Industry... From a Black Computer Scientist

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth.This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words. Then I wasn't even sure if I should say anything at all, since it may ruffle some feathers. In the end, I didn't care. Some things need to be said. Most people think it, but few say it. I'll take one for the team....more
@kid_OYO KaporCenter hackthehood my msg needs refining why? cause you disagree? or cause it's ...more

Showcase More Women in Science

When I was in ninth grade, which was so long ago now it was considered part of “junior high,” I won the science award. I remember sitting in the auditorium with my 300 classmates, all of us packed in like sardines, bored out of my mind. I hated award assemblies. Everyone hated award assemblies. So I wasn’t even paying attention when my name was called. My friend Heather had to shove me while she hissed in my ear, “It’s you, it’s you, go up there!”...more

Why Are the Liberal Arts Still a Strong Component of Higher Education Degree Programs?

By Dr. Linda Moynihan, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University“What on earth are you going to do with a liberal arts degree?”  Every year, thousands of students are asked this question by parents and well-meaning family and friends, especially with the increasing attention given to STEM programs. But why does it have to be liberal arts vs STEM?...more

Breastfeeding Women Who Code

In a departure from the usual fashion magazine fare, the latest issue of Glamour features two articles about the tech industry: "Secrets of Silicon Valley (That Only Women Know)" and  "35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry."...more
Thanks, https://twitter.com/BrigidSchulte! Look forward to YOUR piece. Btw, mine has interviews ...more

Obama Geeks Out with Students at White House Science Fair

A prosthetic leg fashioned from a recycled bicycle.  A handmade electric car raced by its creator.  A computer game meant to entice kids to love STEM.  And a camera that takes the place of a human diver in seeking out people trapped under ice.  100 students representing 30 states all came together today at the White House Science Fair to present their projects to the President of the United States. Uh, yeah, this isn't your run-of-the-mill science fair. ...more
The talent in this world just blows me away. Awesome kids!more

You Can't Say NO to GoldieBlox

Who says girls don’t want to build and have an interest in construction toys?This week, GoldieBlox set the tone that once again, ____ toys aren’t just for boys! Here’s a little backstory on GoldieBlox....more

Hour Of Code

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Are good intentions enough? The gendered toy edition

Have you see this GoldieBlox commercial?  My first reaction to this was that it is a cool idea, and the commercial is cool....more