Tag Archive: STEM

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    by Vivek Wadhwa

    Changing Silicon Valley’s Frat Boy Culture

    However hard they may be clinging to the past, it’s time for Silicon Valley’s men to wake up to the fact that their boys’ club culture is dying out as the gender gap slowly, but surely, closes.

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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

    5 Inspirational Stories Of Girls In STEM – Or “STEEM” – Fundraising For Good

    It’s exciting to see the movement to support girls in STEM steadily growing across the country. Being a female founder from the Silicon Valley, I hope the emphasis on “STEM” one day becomes “STEEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math).

    By Andrea Lo (Co-Founder & CEO, Piggybackr)

    I started my own company, Piggybackr, in late 2011 after wondering why young people were fundraising all the time, yet still using the most traditional offline methods to fund their initiatives

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    by Angie Chang

    Join The Ada Initiative And Wikimedia Foundation For Ada Lovelace Day (October 16 In San Francisco)

    If you want to do a little group blogging or editing Wikipedia about your favorite woman in STEM, feel free to bring your laptops!

    By Valerie Aurora (Co-Founder & Executive Director, Ada Initiative)

    You are invited to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with the Ada Initiative and Wikimedia Foundation on October 16 from 5pm to 8pm in San Francisco! A worldwide event to raise the profiles of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), join us on Ada Lovelace Day for an evening of socializing, learning about amazing women in STEM, and catching up with friends.

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    by Angie Chang

    10 Tips For Leveraging Technology To Improve Women’s Lives In The Developing World (Day 2, Grace Hopper Celebration)

    Considerations for designing technology for developing countries.

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

    Speaking at Grace Hopper Celebration, Ann Mei Chang talked about developing mobile apps for women in developing countries. She is a Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State.

    Ann Mei’s presentation brought up 10 points for consideration when addressing mobile apps for developing countries.

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    by Angie Chang

    Today’s High School Girls Are Tomorrow’s Mobile App Inventors

    Watch the top 11 teams of high school girls pitch their Android apps and business plans to investors on May 3 in Santa Clara at the Technovation Challenge National Pitch Night.

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

    What would the next generation of high school girls build if given the chance to build the next big startup? What would their Android mobile apps look like? What would their business models look like? How would their elevator pitches to top investors in the community sound? What do the young tech-savvy inventors of tomorrow look like?

    Find out for yourself on Thursday, May 3 in Santa Clara, California at the National Pitch Night for Technovation Challenge as the top 11 teams from New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles high schools compete to have their innovative smartphone apps taken to market! The event open to the public – free RSVP here.

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    by Angie Chang

    “Black Girls Code” Brings More Women of Color to Silicon Valley

    By Kiratiana Freelon (Contributor, Loop 21)

    If black girls can rock and black girls can travel then they can surely code, right? The statistics show otherwise. Women of color represent less than 3% of the people in technology fields.

    But if it’s up to Kimberly Bryant, pretty soon tons of black (and brown) girls will be coding, which is the art of creating computer programs. She is the founder of Black Girls Code, a Bay Area organization whose mission is to increase the young women of color in the field of digital and computer technology.

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    NPR Morning Edition Addresses Shortage of Women in Tech

    By Wendy Kaufman (Correspondant, NPR)

    Editor’s note: Listen to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition here.

    This week, thousands of women gathered in Portland, Ore., for the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest technical conference for women and computing. High-tech companies are hiring, but there aren’t nearly enough women to meet the demand.

    It’s no secret that beginning in middle school, young women often lose interest in math and science. So it’s not surprising that relatively few women sign up for computer courses in college.

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    by Managing Editor

    A Campus Champion for Women in Computer Science

    By Ari Levy (Writer, Businessweek)

    Editor’s note: The percentage of female comp sci majors at Harvey Mudd College has tripled since the arrival of President Maria Klawe.

    Klawe, 60, (…) arrived in 2006 from Princeton University, where she was dean of the engineering school. On her watch, the percentage of female computer science majors at Mudd, one of California’s prestigious Claremont colleges, has more than tripled, to 42 percent.

    Nationally, women account for 14 percent of college graduates in the field, according to the Computing Research Assn.