Don’t Call Me Crazy

Stunned, shamed, then deeply saddened. That is how I felt when a community college advisor courageously challenged my word choice in front of 250 of her colleagues. It was a beautiful sunny day in southern California, likely no different than most days in that prime weather region of the country. I was leading a half day workshop for 250 of Ventura County’s community college advisors…

Justin & Claire Walters

Infinite Potential

Guest Post by Justin Walters: A few days ago on a lazy Sunday, I sat down at our kitchen table with my eight-year-old daughter, Claire, to eat a snack. We engaged in our usual chit-chat as I tried my best to appreciate this little bit of time we had alone together, time that seems to grow ever more scarce as she grows older. Suddenly, out of the blue, she asked me a strange question.

Let’s reboot, Code Babes

The digital learning environment is ripe for new approaches to learning. Education must change, and we need people to challenge the status quo. At a time when we need more computer scientists, technologists, and engineers, fresh approaches to learning and innovative ways of motivating students is a key imperative of our time. Code Babes is a team of five women programmers and entrepreneurs. How refreshing…

Technovation: Globally Empowering Young Women to be Entrepreneurs

Do you care about increasing the participation of women in STEM? Check out this great program now it it’s 5th year. Technovation is the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, with over 1,300 alumnae from 19 countries. Middle school, high school, and university students research, design, build, and launch a mobile app prototype through a 50-hour curriculum over 3 months, with guidance from dedicated teachers…

Top 10 Posts of 2013

2013 was my most active year in blogging yet, and I am excited to release the top 10 posts for the year! My goal is to write on topics on how we can better “engineer equity in education,” and I hope I have succeeded! I am looking forward to 2014 and further developing my thought leadership on the topics of engineering, STEM education, and diversity, aiming…

STEM Jobs and Skills are in Demand

The Grand Challenges for the 21st century will require all levels of STEM professionals: from assembly line workers trained to use highly technical machines, to PhD astrophysicists. In fact, many of the jobs of tomorrow do not even exist today as they are dependent on future problems that will arise and the required technologies needed to solve those problems. However, the demand for STEM jobs,…