STEM

5:21pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Technology

Black Girls Code trains young women of color for careers in tech

Black Girls Code intern Vanessa See with another intern, Bella, working on a trampoline.
Courtesy of blackgirlscode.com

Electrical engineer and computer programmer Kimberly Bryant says that when she was in college, she was one of only a few women, and the only black woman, in her class. When she had her own daughter, Kai, she wondered what she could do to get more young girls of color into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The answer came in April of 2011, when she launched a company called Black Girls Code to teach girls how to build their own websites, make computer games, and train them for careers in the tech industry. Kimberly Bryant and her daughter, Kai, who has been through the program, joined KALW’s Hana Baba in the studio.

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7:30pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Women in STEM: Interview with Stanford math education researcher Jo Boaler

Back in 1992, toy company Mattel nearly had to recall its “Teen Talk” Barbie. Women’s groups protested the doll’s use of the phrase “Math class is tough.” They called it out for indirectly perpetuating a harmful stereotype-- that boys and men are better at math than girls and women. Research -- especially over the last 10 years -- has shown there is no innate difference in math ability between males and females. And yet the stereotype persists. Women earn 43% of all college math degrees, yet their presence is scarce in the higher echelons of mathematics.

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8:04pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Women in STEM: Terri Winston and Women’s Audio Mission

Students from Girls on the Mic at Womens Audio Mission work on a project using the 40-channel mixing console once used by Soundgarden
Womens Audio Mission


Picture a scientist in a white lab coat holding a test tube up to the light. Or a brilliant computer geek hunched over a keyboard. These are stereotypes we associate with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But there are a lot of industries involving STEM skills that don’t fit those stereotypes.

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2:00pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Women in STEM: Interview with Shaherose Charania of Women 2.0

Shaherose Charania of Women 2.0

 

While some high-profile women--like Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook, or Marissa Meyer at Yahoo--have made it to the top of the tech world, few women are waiting to succeed them. In 2010, women earned JUST 18% of computer science degrees. And while women are the main users of online social networking and e-commerce, most leaders of these companies are men.

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2:18pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Giving brightest kids the “cram school” experience, online

Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

About 18 months ago, novice entrepreneur Sue Khim flew to San Francisco from her home in Illinois to take part in an uncommonly public version of a Silicon Valley rite of passage — the pitch. With thousands of other young techies in the audience, she was scheduled to be onstage at the Launch Festival, a showcase for “stealth” startups that have managed to keep their products out of the voracious tech press, or have as-yet-unreleased products to announce.

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