I’m a Nifty-Fifty Again!

Nifty-Fifty-2014Just a quick note to let you know that I am honored to be a Nifty-Fifty for the USA Science and Engineering Festival again! I’ll be speaking at a school (TBD) on Friday, April 25, 2014 right before the festival opens on Saturday. Hurrah!

According to the festival website, “The Nifty Fifty (times 3) are over 150 of the most dynamic scientists and engineers in the United States. They were selected for their unique ability to inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. They were chosen from among thousands of candidates nominated by over 500 leading professional science and engineering societies, universities, research institutions, government agencies, STEM education outreach organizations and leading high tech and life science companies.”

If you are planning on attending the festival next year, please also plan to drop by my booth to say hello. I’d love to meet you and hear your stories.

Parents Doing Engineering

This Spring, I’ve had the opportunity to facilitate more of my favorite workshop, The Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude). We should start calling it the Parent/Daughter TEA because sometimes, both Moms and Dads come to participate in the fun.

As I’ve said in the past, this is by far the best event that I have ever seen for getting girls excited about, and interested in, engineering.

EggDropConstructionThe day begins with ice breakers about their engineering knowledge and they we get right to building something. Mom or Dad work with their daughter to meet the given challenge. After that, we move directly into a problem solving activity usually lead by engineering students while the parents get a chance to ask questions and find out more about local programs to help them encourage and sustain their daughter’s interest. Quickly moving along, we have lunch while watching a video and then it’s back to the building area for another engineering challenge. The day goes by fast and everyone leaves happy. As one 6th grade girl said to me last week, “I hope you do this again next year because I know all of my friends will want to come when I tell them about it.”