Tag Archive: Goldieblox

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Jessica Stillman

    Why STEM Careers Are Awesome for Women (Infographic)

    Techschool rounds up statistics on why careers in science, tech, engineering and math are a great choice for women. Now all we need is more girls to pursue them.

    By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

    Everybody knows it’s a rough job market out there, and it’s just as widely understood that tech careers are a bright spot. While most of the labor force is wrestling for the few available openings, employers are pretty much wrestling each other to hire candidates with the right math and engineering skills.

    That means these careers are worth a look for just about every smart, ambitious young person, but according to a new infographic from Techschool.com, STEM careers are a particularly awesome choice for women. Why?

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    by Angie Chang

    6 Tips to a Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Project

    After successful fundings for female-founded products like GoldieBlox, Roominate, Everpurse and OUYA, we wonder what are the reasons behind rocketship successes and quiet failures.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Recently, a Kauffman Foundation dissertation fellow released a paper titled “The Dynamics of Crowdfunding: Determinants of Success and Failure” examined almost 47,000 projects on Kickstarter which raised $198 million total via crowdfunding.

    The paper reports 6 commonalities in the successful Kickstarter projects, some

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH NYC 2012: MAKER Panel Talks About Kickstarter Campaigns, Prototyping, Pricing Product And "What Makes This A Tech Company?"

    Live from PITCH NYC 2012 Conference & Competition –

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    At the 2012 PITCH NYC Conference, the MAKER panel consists of four women starting companies and shipping hardware products: Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries, Alice Brooks of Roominate, Liz Salcedo of Everpurse and Debbie Sterling of GoldieBlox.

    These hardware startup founders and CEOs have experience producing products, building prototypes and raising capital for their initiatives.

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    by Angie Chang

    GoldieBlox Founder Debbie Sterling Joins MAKER Panel At PITCH Conference (November 14)

    November 14′s PITCH Conference speakers include Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    We are two weeks away from Women 2.0′s first PITCH Conference in New York City!

    GoldieBlox Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling is joining the MAKER panel with Roominate’s Alice Brooks, Everpurse’s Liz Salcedo and Adafruit Industries’ Limor Fried. These women entrepreneurs have run successful Kickstarter campaigns with extraordinary results

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    by Angie Chang

    Telling Engineering Stories

    “The word ‘engineering’ sounds intimidating and nerdy and technical. There’s just so much more to it – I’m trying to make it more accessible.” – Goldieblox founder Debra Sterling.

    By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)

    Goldieblox is poised for a happy ending. With this new toy, girls may have a happy ending too: “She became an engineer and built things that helped people, and they all lived happily ever after.”

    There’s a known female engineering deficit; women make up just 11% of the profession. It’s a problem