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Posts Tagged ‘STEM Princess series’

Taking the #STEMPrincess Advisory Board Challenge 1: Find Women of Earth in STEM

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.32.19 AMOne of the items we discussed at the STEM Princess Advisory Board this past week was showing more REAL WORLD EARTH WOMEN in STEM.  I totally agree with this.  So, this morning I challenged myself (after my ad board challenged me) to head over to Youtube to see if I could find real women of Earth doing the gigs that each of the 20 STEM Princesses do over at planet STEM.  Game on!

A few of my results are below.  If you want the entire spreadsheet of real world STEM Princesses of Earth, I hope you’re an owner of the first STEM Princess book, because they’re all in the google doc/resource guide, which has a link to it on the back cover of the first STEM Princess book.  (If you have the book and the URL, it’s on page 2 of the google document.)  So, this one in its entirety is for the loyal and original fans of this series!

Please note: the women I’m about to share don’t endorse the STEM Princess project, necessarily – I just wanted to link up amazing women doing the STEM jobs in the real world so girls everyone CAN BE WHAT THEY CAN SEE.  If anyone objects to the links below who are the video owners of the women’s footage below, tell me and I’ll remove the link…but I hope that is not the case.

Ready?

STEM Princess                   Gig                             Real Woman of Earth Rocking the Gig

Abigail                    Aerospace Engineering              Cady Coleman at the international space station

Bella                               Bioinformatics                     Wendy Kan at Genentech

Fiona                           Forensic Scientist                  Prof. Jeni Smith, Penn State University

Grace                   Geophysicist/Seismologist          Dr. Charlotte Keen, Canada

Harper           Hazardous Materials/Toxicology     Valerie Meyers, Toxicology at NASA

I found many others.  This was an interesting study.  But I will tell you that I didn’t have much to choose from in all of the fields.

So, if you’re a woman in STEM, I’m going to challenge YOU like the ad board challenged me: to tell your story, preferably often and preferably online…so that women around planet Earth can be what they can see!

 

The Thrill of Victory, and the Agony of Defeat

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 7.21.33 AMOlympics time!  Yeah – remember that line at the beginning of a major network’s sports opening?  (If you’re too young and don’t, you did not grow up at the optimal time, I’m sorry.)  And if you did, do you remember that horrible skiing accident and the dumbbell dude lifting the weights like a baller?

That was me yesterday.  Not so much on the skiing and the weight lifting (in fact, me doing either of those would probably be an excellent set up for a comedy), but mentally that was me.  I had bad news and good.

The bad news: no moving forward with HSN.  Worst part: I don’t know why the #STEMPrincess series was rejected from HSN.  Timeline?  Cost?  I just don’t know.  It was a disappointment, to say the least.

The great news: the first #STEMPrincess Advisory Board met!  I literally have a pile of 200 sticky notes with ideas, but I also have the next golden ticket item that I’ll be pursuing around this 3 book series, thanks to the ladies of this board, who all were inspiring and passionate about helping out.

So…as you have your own thrills of victory and agonies of defeat, I just wanted to share a few with you this week of my own.  Because NOTHING drives me more nuts than the wantpreneurs out there making it look sooooo easy to make millions of bennies.  It’s just not that easy.  The hustle/struggle is hard, and real.  Hopefully, you’ll have some people who have your back, as I and my #STEMPrincesses do now!

Cheers – and can you help a girl out by up voting my two panel pickers for SXSW next spring? http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048 and http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975. Thanks!