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…

Tales from the gym: *Training* with an Astronaut in DC

I am in DC this week for the 2013 Gender Summit, and yesterday’s keynote speaker was Julie Payette, a Canadian engineer and former NASA astronaut. Women are severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, and therefore there is a dearth of female role models like Julie. To be an astronaut is sort of a pinnacle of achievement for me in that it…

Do you work in the cafeteria? No, I am an engineer. *ROLE MODELS NEEDED!

“Excuse me, ma’am, do you work in the cafeteria?” inquired a curious pre-teen female of me after watching an interactive skit during Take Your Kids to Work Day at Texas Instruments in 2008. I had one of the lead roles in a skit demonstrating how the technology of the digital micromirror device works while I was an engineer for DLP at TI. ┬áMany of the…