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Some Interesting Lady Engineers to Follow on Twitter #FF

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engineeringladyWe’ve been trying to follow as many ladies in STEM fields as we can, creating Twitter lists by field. One of the most amazing experiences of the past couple of weeks, was watching live tweets of ladies who were involved with the launch of NASA’s Maven project to Mars. Following women in STEM careers is a great way to get an idea of what types of things they work on day-to-day, as well as a way to build connections and learn. You can follow us @LadyParagons, and see all our Twitter lists. Continue Reading →

Tynker to Teach Kids to Code

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PrintKids are creative and they love technology.  Seeing what my daughter can do with Legos and Minecraft proves that Kids love to build. Coding is another way to build, and if it’s simplified and made fun, kids can, not only do it, but also enjoy it.

Tynker is a browser-based program to help kids understand the logic behind computer programming.  It works by giving them a syntax driven system of building blocks that they can use to create games, stories, animations and other creations.

The Maker Mom has a good review of Tynker and a chance to win a version.

As a computer engineer, I think computer science education is missing from our schools.  Many assume that because kids can use technology, they somehow know how to understand, leverage and build with technology. As computers become more and more a part of our everyday lives, we need more people with the training to make technology work for us.  Even if people are in fields outside of computer science, learning to think programmatically can help anyone solve problems more efficiently. I’d like to see more of these types of programs be accessible as part of public education funding.

Do you have a favorite way to teach kids to code?

 

#GivingTuesday for STEM

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givingtuesday#GivingTuesday is upon us.  Help support the work that women do in STEM fields by giving to organizations that support them.  Here are links to #GivingTuesday partners by field:

Obviously there is quite a bit of crossover and many of the organizations support all STEM fields.

A special shout-out to The Wistar Institute, where our co-founder, Dr. Marie Webster works on cancer research:

Hello World!

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LP-logo-webWelcome to Lady Paragons! We are building a community to tell the stories of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), provide resources to women and girls interested in STEM careers, and provide a platform where ladies can help ladies succeed.

Women and girls can and do excel in STEM and we built this site to showcase these ladies and help other ladies succeed.

While we were are working on many different features for the site, the following are currently available:

  • The Ladies of STEM blog — telling stories of Women in STEM, promoting Women’s STEM organizations, and highlighting events.
  • STEM Events — a calendar of STEM events around the country.  We are still adding to the calendar (there are a lot of organizations!), but if you have an event you’d like to add, please use our Submit a STEM Event link (we review all submissions, so give us a few days).
  • STEM Resources — a directory of STEM organizations and websites dedicated to helping women and girls.  We are also still working on adding more resources, but, please feel free to Submit a STEM Resource.

Soon-to-be-released features include a podcast, job page, Facebook page, and store.  We’re also working on a community platform for ladies to help ladies — be it with tutoring, mentoring, or coding a website.

We hope you’ll join our community and follow us on twitter.  Thanks for visiting!