It’s well-established that women face social pressures that push them away from pursuing science as a life passion. It’s also well-established that women who do stay in science face discrimination all the way up the ladder. Women are 50 percent of the population but hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs.
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Dear Geek Girls,
We were there once — making a decision about which career path to choose can be a source of great anxiety, especially in tough economic times like these. But having someone on your side to coach you through, and give you practical advice without judgement can make all the difference in the world.
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Big round of applause to them for this effort.
Signal Boost. Seems like something really positive to share with your high school students.
Open-access champion and RSS co-creator Aaron Swartz, who took his own life last week at the age of 26, echoes Neil deGrasse Tyson, Isaac Asimov, and Sir Ken Robinson. A heartbreaking loss in innumerable ways.
Some thoughts on Aaron’s legacy in digital culture from Stanford’s Jennifer Granick.
Jay Silver is an inventor who created Makey Makey, a kit that allows users to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet, like creating a piano out of bananas. He endorses art that is a “hodge-podge of different collections of contributions reflecting everyone’s own internal inspirations, kind of the way nature is, but for humans.”
It’s a grey day here on the East Coast, a good day to enjoy OK Go’s (PopTech 2010) Three Primary Colors (for SesameStreet).
Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians play instruments made from trash.
Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T. (by thnkrtv)
15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
For more, watch Peter’s 2012 PopTech talk.
Studying abroad changes lives. Find an international exchange that’s right for you, with the U.S. Department of State: http://exchanges.state.gov
Where will international education take you? Expand your world.
Hear, hear! This a great resource with a plethora of opportunities and programs to explore. Here’s one more! In 2008, we heard from Social Innovation Fellow Abby Falik, the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year (GCY), which aims to institutionalize a global service “gap year” for young Americans between high school and college – fundamentally transforming how they understand and act on their responsibilities as global citizens. Find out more.