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Roominate, a Toy to Push Girls Towards STEM Fields
Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen - both graduates of engineering master's programs at Stanford who met in Rains - grew up playing with toys that didn’t fit neatly into the 'girls' aisle of princesses and pretty things, Brooks exploring in her father's robotics lab and Chen building legos with her brother. The two engineers - Brooks mechanical and Chen electrical - noticed diminishing numbers of women in their classes as they chose their majors and continued on to graduate education. They credit their early experiences with generating interest in engineering as well as confidence, and have designed a toy they hope will introduce young girls to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) before antiquated and gendered notions of academic pursuit and careers have a chance to take root.
Posted on 13 May 2013
Laramie's Li to Receive NCWIT Computing Award at UW's Women in Science Conference
Laramie’s Jingyu Li is one of five female Wyoming high school students who have been named winners of the National Center for Women& Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. The Wyoming Affiliate Competition winners will be recognized during a luncheon at the University of Wyoming’s Women in Science Conference May 14. UW and Western Wyoming Community College, affiliates of the NCWIT awards, selected five winners from across Wyoming. Winners were chosen based on their computing-related achievements and interests, solid leadership ability, good academic history and plans for post-secondary education.
Posted on 13 May 2013
National Academy of Sciences Announces New Elected Members
The National Academy of Sciences, celebrating their 150 year anniversary this year, released their list of Members and Foreign Associates Elected for 2013 yesterday. 22 women and 62 men will be inducted as members, slightly below the anticipated numbers (based on the representation of each gender by PhD recipients from several decades earlier) but far closer to projections than some years in the past as can be seen in the chart. However, women still make up less than 20% of the total membership of NAS.
Posted on 13 May 2013
The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech
Women are (relatively) few and far between in the tech industry. They make up less than 10% of venture capitalists, and they leave the industry at twice the rate of men, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation. Over the last couple of weeks, Business Insider accepted nominations for the most important women 30 years old or under in tech.
Posted on 13 May 2013
WITI - Women in Technology International Virtual Career Fair, Creating Access to Opportunities Nationwide, April 30, 2013
This WITI - Women in Technology International Virtual Career Fair connects you directly with employers that have open technology career opportunities, from the comfort of your home or office. As an attendee you will quickly see employers that want to hire technology talent, the specific opportunities available, and additional information about each hiring organization. You will choose which employers you want to interact with and then engage in a one-on-one chat directly with a recruiter at those organizations. You can share your background, experience, resume, and ask questions.
Posted on 21 Apr 2013
NIS Public-Private Platform: Call for expression of interest
The Commission will launch the Network and Information Security (NIS) Public-Private Platform on 24 June 2013. The output of the platform will feed into the Commission recommendations on cybersecurity across the value chain to be adopted in 2014. Interested stakeholders are invited to express their interest in participating in the platform before 24 May 2013.
Posted on 21 Apr 2013
ICT in schools survey
Students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital", computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and digital skill levels are very uneven.
Posted on 21 Apr 2013
The Women Powering Technology Summit, 2 - 4 June 2013, Santa Clara, California
The Women Powering Technology Summit is coming to The Marriott in Santa Clara June 2-4. Business and thought leaders are coming from all over the nation to lead hands on workshops, presentations and dynamic panel discussions about cutting edge trends.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
OurCS 2013, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA, 18 - 20 October 2013
This 3 day workshop is research focused and will provide opportunities for undergraduate women from the USA and around the globe to work on exploratory problems in teams led by researchers from industry, academia and other computing related domains.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Combining Robotics With Poetry - Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist
Sue Mellon, gifted support coordinator for Springdale Junior and Senior High/Colfax School in the Allegheny Valley School District, thought 7th and 8thgraders could develop a deeper understanding of poetry by playing around with robotics. Poetry isn’t always easy for students. But with hands-on engagement, they gain new understanding. Science, technology, engineering, math, art - that’s all really important. But really, integration is what’s the issue. That’s the critical piece.
Posted on 10 Apr 2013

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