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Posts Tagged ‘STEAMED’

#DoYourWhy

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 6.49.37 AMIt was fun to be on the OTHER side of the interview table – my sincere thanks to Josh Scarver of #DoWhatYouDesire, for having the tables turned and I became the interviewee!

My hope and wish for all my fab 13 this week: to do your why. Do something around why you’re here. Help the universe…we’re waiting for you to share your superpowers!

Introducing…The Inaugural #STEMPrincess Advisory Board!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inaugural #STEMPrincess Project Advisory Board Announced by Pharm, LLC

INDIANAPOLIS – June 30, 2016 – Pharm, LLC created a new national advisory board for its book series and movement to encourage more girls to choose STEM/STEAMED* careers under the #STEMPrincess book trilogy project.

The advisory board is comprised of 9 women in STEM careers, or leadership positions from the US to ensure the #STEMPrincess educational events, resources and programs are ‘edutaining’ and compelling for the next generation of girls choosing to pursue STEM careers.  The 9 advisory board members include:

Mandi Bishop – Firebrand, Social Entrepreneur, Women-in-Healthcare & Health IT Evangelist– Jacksonville, FL

Holly M. Davis – Executive Director, Center for Women and Democracy – Seattle, WA

Kristin Eilenberg – CEO, Lodestone Insights – Indianapolis, IN

Christi Garcia – Sales and Business Development Manager, E-gineering, LLC – Indianapolis, IN

Crystal Grave – Founder, President and CEO, Snappening – Indianapolis, IN

NaShara Mitchell – Founder, Studio B – Indianapolis, IN

Shelley Myers – VP, Consumer Health & Wellness, Fuzion – Carmel, IN

Tasha Phelps – President & CEO, Phelco Technologies – Indianapolis, IN and Independent Candidate, Indiana State Senate – District 30

Jennifer Ruby, Esq. – Attorney-Owner, Ruby Law and Founder, Finances 101 for Young  Professionals – Indianapolis, IN

Heather Torlina Hatcher – Biologist, research scientist, and STEM educator – Fishers, IN

“I have been humbled by this tremendous cadre of women who are already in STEM and said yes—to champion STEM education for girls with the #STEMPrincess project nationally,” commented Erin Albert, CEO at Pharm, LLC, STEM academician and author of The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM children’s book series.

“These women all want the STEM Princess movement out into the wider world in different, meaningful ways to in turn spark a new generation of women in STEM.  We know from the research that women in STEM are paid closer to parity with men, and have higher wage earnings. I’m excited to have this group of women already living the STEM dream help spread the broader message: that girls CAN be STEM superstars!”

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About The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: This children’s book series for girls and boys ages 5-9 is currently a story book (book 1), a hands-on activity book (2), and a coloring book (3).  The series is available online for sale at the author’s website: https://squareup.com/store/pharmllc.  More on the author at: http://erinalbert.com.

About Pharm, LLC: A service consulting think tank to healthcare, life sciences and pharmacy professionals, Pharm LLC educates on career development pathways through books, courses and articles to inform. Contact: pharmllc@gmail.com.

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Beyond the press release – these women are all going to kick my dupa into gear on my STEM Princess dream – which is to get 50% gender parity in all corners of STEM.  Let’s do this, ladies!!!!

The STEM Princess Children’s Book Trilogy: An Update

Monday, March 21st, 2016

STEMPrincessSeriesI need to update the saga of the trilogy of #STEMPrincess trilogy for a moment. Please allow me to wrangle the web hi-lights up in one spot!

Once upon a time…

Back in fall, 2013 I ran a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, not to publish the book, but to give away copies to the Indiana library system.  It happened after I read this abysmal report on the status of girls in Indiana, particularly around their lack of success in AP STEM subject matter.  This can’t happen in my state.

Check. Success. Done.  The book was published in 2014.

Then, in 2015, I set out to create a hands on book for girls ages 5-9 to play with concepts introduced by the characters in the first book for STEM careers.  The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK Alpha was born. It includes an online answer key too, just in case anyone gets stuck (myself included).

Now, in 2016, the third book has been released, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Coloring Book Beta, which allows children of all ages to connect with STEM professions and color their worlds STEM.  Most people love to color – so if this book can bring people together, release a little tension and educate along the way through colored pencils and/or crayons, even better.

When will it stop?  I’m not sure. But it doesn’t feel ‘done’ yet.  As well, maybe I’ll stop when more girls start choosing STEM careers, and we all get to gender pay equity.  I don’t see that coming overnight.  And while I love to sell books and tell the stories of the STEM Princesses, I’ve got a much bigger mission here than just books.  This series is training the next generation of girls and boys to show what girls can do – which is whatever boys can do.  It shows all of us what is possible.  And of course, one can be what she can see.  Last, as I just shared last week with Women & Hi Tech, the way of work in this world is radically changing–are we preparing the next generation for jobs that don’t even exist yet in STEM?

Last, the #STEMPrincess manifesto, created in the first book, and which has been included in all subsequent books.  We will keep you updated on Facebook, along with all other social portals with our hashtag.  When the day comes that we see 50%/50% gender equity in most if not all STEM professions, we’ll quit.  Until then…we’ll keep our sleeves rolled up, and continue the work.

A Little STEAMED Experiment

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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I had the opportunity to speak at Indianapolis Rotary today about STEM education (around the children’s book I wrote for girls), which was an amazing experience.  (Here’s the audio and the slides if you’d prefer to listen and watch rather than read.) But being a science geek, I couldn’t resist conducting a little experiment with the audience, in order to explain what we are up against with training the next generations of young professionals about STEM education.

So, I took the slides/photos you see above with all corners of STEM, and broke them down into 4 different slides.

After showing the “S is for Science” slide, I asked those in the audience to stand up if they ever had the opportunity to take any of the courses listed on the slide either in high school, college or graduate school.  Then, I went on to Technology…and again, asked those standing to remain standing if they took a computer science or tech class or sit down if they did not.  We then went on to Engineering – we lost a bunch here who had to sit down.  Finally, we ended upon Math.

Out of about 120 in the audience, guess how many were standing at the end – with all four boxes of STEM education checked for themselves?

Answer: around 6.

This is not good.  This showed the audience today (myself included) what educators are up against in this new era of globalization.  We are training a crop of future professionals in areas that we know little about ourselves (or had little formal training within during our own education).  The educator in me is overwhelmed by the fact that we have to get all students on board in all 4 corners of STEM just to try and stay competitive with the rest of the world in the future.  This doesn’t mean that everyone is going to work in STEM.  This is just a foundation we’re discussing here.

How might we do this?  Well, I think there are a lot of answers here – some are better than others.  But I do fundamentally believe that we’ve got to reach ALL students with all 4 corners of STEM, AND add on design thinking, entrepreneurship and the arts on top of it.

Other countries are figuring this out.  So must we.  Our future depends upon it.

(Oh, and had I played along with the experiment, I wouldn’t have made the final cut either – as I never had a formal tech nor engineering class, sadly.)

 

More on STEAMED Education for Indiana…and Everywhere

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Folks in this galaxy need more STEM education.  You know I’ve been beating on this drum for some time now, and I also think we need to update the acronym to cover STEAMED education – that includes:

  • science
  • technology
  • engineering
  • arts
  • math
  • entrepreneurship and
  • design thinking

Tuesday July 29, 2014, I’m giving a talk about this very subject at Indy Rotary.  Below are my abbreviated slides for this talk.  If you are attending, thanks for your participation in advance, and also, here are some resources I promised you at the actual live talk:

Become a Planet STEM Ambassador.

Vote for which princess(es) we should feature in #STEMPrincess2, our second in hopefully a very long series of #STEMPrincess books.

Talk to the kids in your life about what they are doing IN and OUT of school to increase their own STEM knowledge.  Here’s the free resource guide that comes with the first STEM Princess book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.

Of course, as I’ll also be sharing, I need $7000 to get #1000 copies of #STEMPrincess2 into the hands of girls and boys across the state.  How I find the funds for this I’m still working on (as my company personally funded the first book).  If you’d like to financially support #STEMPrincess2, I’m happy to talk with you about this!

Thanks for listening.  And thanks for caring about our future!

Slides from the talk:

Why Indiana Should be STEAMED About Education – Dr. Erin Albert – Indy Rotary 7_29_14 from Erin Albert

 

STEAMing it Up in Indiana

Friday, July 25th, 2014

natalieneurscientistSo, next week, I’m speaking at Indy Downtown Rotary (which apparently is a tough ticket to speak at…? This I didn’t know, but I’m grateful to my friend Christi who hooked me up with this talk several months ago).  And, glad that Governor Pence, this week’s speaker at Rotary, was kind enough to warm them up for me.  (Just kidding, Gov. P.)

But, what I’m discussing is IMPORTANT–for Indiana, and frankly for the United States. It’s about our future, and it’s about…you guessed it, #STEM education.

But not just STEM–that’s not the complete acronym.  I think it’s STEAMED, as I’ve previously stated here. We have to add art, design thinking and entrepreneurship to the mix and milieux.  When 65% of kids in school today will have jobs in the future that haven’t even been invented yet–we’re doomed if we don’t prepare kids now for the coming storm of change.

The 40-hour work week is dying right in front of our eyes.  Besides, the coolest, most interesting people I run across are those who dare to create and grow multiple careers at the same time.  Some gigs may be full time, some part.  Some give financial capital as consideration, while some social capital.

Those who can figure out the career piechart–in STEAMED and out–are going to rule the future–mark my words.  We have to teach students to seize change and opportunities and turn them into something they can do to make the world a better place and feed their families–and get them OUT of the ‘job’ mindset and into the ‘creating gigs’ mindset.  (And I do not believe, as others do, that doing good in the world and making money are mutually exclusive.  You can do both. At the same time.)

There are some really cool programs popping up all over the country now that focus on STEAMED education, which I’ll be discussing in my talk.

If you care about Indiana’s future, come to this talk.  Not to see me (of course, I’m always happy to see my amazing 13 fans), but to show that you CARE about Indiana.  Come hear what I have to say, then I’d love it if you could carry it back to your neighborhood and make it rain STEAMED ed where you live.

That, and of course – I hope you voted for our next princess and invite you to become a STEM Ambassador too.

Xox. Have a great weekend–and I’ll see some of you next week!

 

The Cheeky Scientist: Party Crashing

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

When I read this article, the first thing I did was email its author, Dr. Isaiah Hankel, and stated I couldn’t agree more with him if I tried.

That started a conversation.

Which led me to joining his crew over at the Cheeky Scientist.

I know what you’re thinking: “Albert, why?  Don’t you have enough on your plate? Aren’t you already coaching others in this space?”

Noted.  I hear you.  But the reason why I wanted to join Isaiah’s posse is simple: it fits my mission.  My personal mission, as I’ve shared here with you before, is to litter the universe with knowledge.  That includes career development.

Also as I’ve said here before, career development used to be easy, as it was the following process for professionals:

  1. Go to a good school,
  2. graduate,
  3. pass boards or the bar,
  4. get a great job with a great company,
  5. work in that one job for 30-40 years,
  6. retire with the gold watch,
  7. the end.

It’s not that easy anymore.  The more and more I study and view the world, the more I see the most fascinating people doing a bunch of things.  They’re attacking their careers as multipationals–they have a cool stream of projects and interests.  Some gigs are paid, some are not–and I can’t really tell which gigs are paying them, and in what type of currency (monetary? social capital? philanthropic karma?).  Most are writing, speaking, holding down the day job, taking on cool side projects, and getting on their soapboxes about things they care about.  They are saying Yes.  They give a damn about many things.

And this is energy I dig.

On the other hand, however, creating a multipational career is really hard to do.  There’s no 7-step guide on how to do it.  There’s no rubric for cramming in something you care about on top of all the other things you do.  There’s no calculator for priorities anymore.  THEY NEVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO THIS IN SCHOOL.  All bets are off.  It’s a lot more complex–but potentially also a lot more rewarding if you can figure out the right multipational life for you.  And people like Isaiah want to help you make this happen.  I want to help you make this happen.

This is why I’m on board with Isaiah.  And I hope you are too, if you’re in the M or D space like me. (Here’s the official PR if you’re interested.)

STEM-ADE: Why we need Art, Design and Entrepreneurship on top of STEM – My Story

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

snoopy alphabet and e You probably already know what I’m going to say. But let me discuss my own personal experiences a little further today after my other article on STEM education plus art, design and entrepreneurship, here at Inside Indiana Business came out.

First, STEM education is absolutely spot on.  Sixty five percent (65%) of kids in school today will have jobs that aren’t even invented yet in the future. I’ll let that number sink into your brain for a second.

That’s more than half.

So, how are we possibly able to predict every key skill a student needs in order to be a successful employee of the future, for an unknown job?

Answer: we can’t.  However, what we can do is arm them with critical problem solving skills that STEM affords.  But, I don’t think we should lose sight of the ADE bits of education, either.  Art, Design and Entrepreneurship are also important.

Here are my own experiences in ADE.

Art – I was a band geek growing up.  I started playing piano when I was 5, and music always stuck with me.  In middle and high school, I played the saxophone.  I sang in choir, and I tried out for the annual musicals at school.  Now, was I the best musician ever?  Clearly not, since I didn’t go to Julliard.  However, I learned key skills from my musical experiences – as tiny as – use your diaphragm when you speak to project, all the way through to – take the lead when no one else will.  I’m also including visual art and literature here too, although others may expand the idea of what art is.  I care less about the definition, and more about the skills I gleaned from my artistic experiences.

Design – This of all the -ADE, I had the least of in formal school.  But it’s the idea of continuous quality improvement.  Listening to the customer, then creating features and benefits and designing something “better” for the customer, then executing upon it to make something – BETTER.  (Get it?) Anyway, my point here is this: take a look around.  There are plenty of things that could use some improvement.  Our cities.  Our communities.  Our streets.  Our blocks.  Our front yards.  Ourselves.  We can ALWAYS be doing, being and living better, continuing to grow, and making the world a little better than we found it.

While I don’t think of myself as a designer, the way I try to practically implement this skill set is in 2 steps:

  1. Stop whining when something is broken and
  2. Fix it.

A recent example might be the Social Media Dames Unconference.  It all started with a whiny twitter rant between myself and a few other women about the lack of women on social media in Indiana.  So, instead of continuing to whine, we tried to fix it by creating this educational series we are now taking around the state.  This is design thinking!

Entrepreneurship – When I think of a true entrepreneur, she’s taking a crazy idea that she had, putting it on paper, selling it back to the universe, then implementing it.  (This really isn’t that far away from design thinking either.)  While I really never had any formal education on entrepreneurship, I did grow up surrounded by two very entrepreneurial parents, who taught me things like: working your &*^% off, studying, persevering, and never giving up when everyone else does if it’s something you really, really want.  That is the secret sauce of which I think of when I think about entrepreneurs.

I started a couple of businesses on my own, wrote a few books, and somehow scrapped my way into getting my ideas into print to share with the rest of the world.  This skill set should be taught EVERYWHERE, so EVERY KID has a shot at being an entrepreneur too if s/he wants to be!

So, there you have it.  While STEM is an excellent start – if we really, really want to do a good job at preparing our kids for those 65% unknown jobs of the future today – we’ve got to stick the -ADE in there too.  STEAMED is the right acronym moving forward.

It has to be.

That, and a little more Snoopy never hurt either…

Education, Redefined

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

So, for those of you outside of the education industry, I think it’s like pharma was about 10 years ago. That is, the bubble is about to burst.

I read this article over at Fast Company about the new documentary coming out about higher education, Ivory Tower.  And, I’ve been working on a University-wide task force at the day job on the future of higher education as well for the past couple of years, and already done some of the innovative education models in my own classroom – like flipping, and like teaching students to take an idea, put it on paper, and create and pitch a plan around it in my entrepreneurship course.  But frankly, I think education overall needs a major, massive overhaul in this country – not just at the K-12 level, but also at the higher ed level.

Of course, the Department of Education has its own ideas on how to reform education in this country.  But if we’re being honest here, when was the last time the federal government came up with anything innovative?

Hmmm…the Constitution?

It’s been awhile.

Instead, I think the freshest approach to education might be for discussions between the employers and educators.  Employers have a better grasp on what’s coming in terms of technology and business needs for employees.  Does higher education?  I don’t know.  But when I suggested that we include employers in the discussions, I received some quizzical looks on this concept.

This all goes back to the film Ivory Tower, where the dad in the trailer with the bright-eyed daughter asked the educators at the higher institution, “Will my daughter have a job after she graduates from your school?” I think is a totally relevant question–especially when someone is laying out 6-figures to get educated.  And while I’m a huge fan of LAS education as a foundation for education, we also need to have layered on top of that STEAMED education as well – science, technology, engineering, art, math, entrepreneurship and design.

If we really want to be globally competitive, we’re going to have to wake up and start having some real conversations between educators and business in this country.  Without that connection, we’re going to continue to fall further down on the competitive lists globally, and that’s something no one wants to see in the U.S., myself included.