Superheroes STEAM ahead!

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Superheroes Steam Ahead!

Project 2015-01-20 22:14:47 +1300

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. 

STEAM ahead is a series of career events that educate school girls and mums about possible career choices in these fields. Each event showcases careers of successful women who explain what they do and how they got there. Each event also promotes after-school activities that help educate girls and keep up their interest.

This time, we are planning a very special event... an event that uses the power of Superheroes to promote careers in STEAM. The event will feature two talks from two very special female superheroes: Nanogirl aka Dr. Michelle Dickinson from New Zealand and Jewella aka Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen from Australia.

Superheroes STEAM ahead!

27 February 2015, 6pm - 8pm
Neon Foyer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

This event is free for school girls and the recommended age is 13 to 18 years old. Each girl is encouraged to bring their mum, or someone mum-like in their life to this event.

Apart from the inspirational speakers, Nanogirl and Jewella, there is also going to be a small career fair. 

At the end of the event each girl will be given a free book to take home:

 

Help the superheroes reach the girls!

It's going to be a large event with an impact, and a lot of work has been done already:


But we still need your help for:

  • $1000 - Food & drink for ~300 people during the evening to make it more welcoming

  • $700 - Flying in Jewella from Australia (all other costs are sorted)

  • $300 - The PledgeMe fees, general costs of running the event of this scale, ticketing etc.

If we end up raising more than our goal, we will continue running similar events in the future.


If you are a company, and there is something specific you could sponsor (cupcakes, drinks, schwag) let us know, we would be grateful for any help.

 

Why STEAM ahead?

The motivation came from noticing how few girls come to The Mind Lab classes available to kids from as young as 4 years old.

 

Mothers, and female caretakers in general, often aren’t aware that science and tech are a desirable career option for women, because there are simply not enough role models.

 

They don’t bring to their daughters’ attention such opportunities, and as a result, girls don’t discover their interest in these fields, and don’t continue to study and work in STEM.

 

We are also following a new trend of adding Arts in the middle of STEM, to highlight the importance of creativity and design in the fields that girls sometimes see as dry and boring.

 

At STEAM ahead they will find out that's not at all the case!

 

 

Our speakers

Michelle Dickinson 

Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr. Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve them through setting up her Nanomechanical testing laboratory at the University of Auckland.

With a background in fracture mechanics Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking sterotypes, through her science communication media work on National TV and radio.

Michelle has worked with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input into ways to harvest solar energy and create cheap and accessible drinking water as well as helping to design technologies for a sustainable future. 

A competitive kitesurfer, casual rock climber and practicing martial artist, Michelle works hard to inspire females to push the boundaries in both science and sports and to encourage sustainable living through engineering design.

You can see Nanogirl in action on the TV from time to time and learn about the projects she is involved in here:

http://www.nanogirl.net

http://100daysproject.co.nz

http://www.medickinson.com

Jenine Beekhuyzen

 

Jenine (aka Jewella) is an entrepreneur and the Founder of the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit to inspire girls into technology careers. She produced Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Tech Girls are Chic! free books which have received widespread success.

She is also a part-time academic and is the CEO of her own research consulting company Adroit Research.

Dr Beekhuyzen serves in voluntary roles at the United Nations and has research collaborations in Europe.

She has awards for her university teaching and her research internationally, she is a “rising female star in Australian Tech” (Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 2014), and the 2014 AIIA Queensland ICT Woman of Year. 

http://www.techgirlsmovement.org

http://www.techgirlsaresuperheroes.com 

 

 

Organizer

Alyona Medelyan

 

Alyona had not seen a computer until the age of 16 and had even dropped out of Maths in high school. But this didn’t stop her from deciding to dedicate her career to Natural Language Processing the moment she found out about this fascinating field of AI.

After getting a Masters in Linguistics and a PhD in Computer Science, she has worked in several companies in the US, Germany and New Zealand, before starting her own company Entopix. Her skills are in high demand and she has an array of happy clients around the world.

She is also a mum of a very active one and a half year old girl and is enjoying the flexibility her career choice has given her.

Alyona started the STEAM ahead initiative after becoming the Google Anita Borg Scholarship Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand. She believes STEAM ahead events, such as this one, are a perfect opportunity to spread the word about awesome career choices to both girls and their mums.

Alyona has successfuly organized two events before:

 

http://www.steam-ahead.org

http://www.medelyan.com 

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    Livestock Improvement Corporation Ltd
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    The Skills Organisation
    2015-02-10 14:31:28 +1300

    "The Skills Organisation believes in empowering young kiwi women to achieve greatness in STEAM industries. We proudly support this event."

    Vend
    2015-02-09 18:44:14 +1300
    Vend
    2015-02-09 18:43:48 +1300
    Susan Needham, Westpac NZ
    2015-02-08 18:03:38 +1300

    "Westpac is happy to support more girls to study technology related subjects and the great work that STEAM is doing."

    Susan Needham
    2015-02-08 17:54:06 +1300
    Amy Shuang Wang
    2015-02-04 21:48:59 +1300
    Gerda Gorgner
    2015-02-04 16:15:15 +1300
    Jay Gregory
    2015-02-04 11:42:30 +1300
    Michael Robinson
    2015-02-03 16:23:17 +1300

    "Hooray!"

    Michelle Burke
    2015-02-03 10:10:10 +1300
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    James Magness
    2015-02-03 08:54:27 +1300
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    ruth
    2015-02-02 13:30:31 +1300

    "Awesome work! "

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    Superheroes Steam Ahead!

    Project 2015-01-20 22:14:47 +1300

    STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. 

    STEAM ahead is a series of career events that educate school girls and mums about possible career choices in these fields. Each event showcases careers of successful women who explain what they do and how they got there. Each event also promotes after-school activities that help educate girls and keep up their interest.

    This time, we are planning a very special event... an event that uses the power of Superheroes to promote careers in STEAM. The event will feature two talks from two very special female superheroes: Nanogirl aka Dr. Michelle Dickinson from New Zealand and Jewella aka Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen from Australia.

    Superheroes STEAM ahead!

    27 February 2015, 6pm - 8pm
    Neon Foyer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

    This event is free for school girls and the recommended age is 13 to 18 years old. Each girl is encouraged to bring their mum, or someone mum-like in their life to this event.

    Apart from the inspirational speakers, Nanogirl and Jewella, there is also going to be a small career fair. 

    At the end of the event each girl will be given a free book to take home:

     

    Help the superheroes reach the girls!

    It's going to be a large event with an impact, and a lot of work has been done already:


    But we still need your help for:

    • $1000 - Food & drink for ~300 people during the evening to make it more welcoming

    • $700 - Flying in Jewella from Australia (all other costs are sorted)

    • $300 - The PledgeMe fees, general costs of running the event of this scale, ticketing etc.

    If we end up raising more than our goal, we will continue running similar events in the future.


    If you are a company, and there is something specific you could sponsor (cupcakes, drinks, schwag) let us know, we would be grateful for any help.

     

    Why STEAM ahead?

    The motivation came from noticing how few girls come to The Mind Lab classes available to kids from as young as 4 years old.

     

    Mothers, and female caretakers in general, often aren’t aware that science and tech are a desirable career option for women, because there are simply not enough role models.

     

    They don’t bring to their daughters’ attention such opportunities, and as a result, girls don’t discover their interest in these fields, and don’t continue to study and work in STEM.

     

    We are also following a new trend of adding Arts in the middle of STEM, to highlight the importance of creativity and design in the fields that girls sometimes see as dry and boring.

     

    At STEAM ahead they will find out that's not at all the case!

     

     

    Our speakers

    Michelle Dickinson 

    Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr. Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve them through setting up her Nanomechanical testing laboratory at the University of Auckland.

    With a background in fracture mechanics Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking sterotypes, through her science communication media work on National TV and radio.

    Michelle has worked with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input into ways to harvest solar energy and create cheap and accessible drinking water as well as helping to design technologies for a sustainable future. 

    A competitive kitesurfer, casual rock climber and practicing martial artist, Michelle works hard to inspire females to push the boundaries in both science and sports and to encourage sustainable living through engineering design.

    You can see Nanogirl in action on the TV from time to time and learn about the projects she is involved in here:

    http://www.nanogirl.net

    http://100daysproject.co.nz

    http://www.medickinson.com

    Jenine Beekhuyzen

     

    Jenine (aka Jewella) is an entrepreneur and the Founder of the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit to inspire girls into technology careers. She produced Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Tech Girls are Chic! free books which have received widespread success.

    She is also a part-time academic and is the CEO of her own research consulting company Adroit Research.

    Dr Beekhuyzen serves in voluntary roles at the United Nations and has research collaborations in Europe.

    She has awards for her university teaching and her research internationally, she is a “rising female star in Australian Tech” (Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 2014), and the 2014 AIIA Queensland ICT Woman of Year. 

    http://www.techgirlsmovement.org

    http://www.techgirlsaresuperheroes.com 

     

     

    Organizer

    Alyona Medelyan

     

    Alyona had not seen a computer until the age of 16 and had even dropped out of Maths in high school. But this didn’t stop her from deciding to dedicate her career to Natural Language Processing the moment she found out about this fascinating field of AI.

    After getting a Masters in Linguistics and a PhD in Computer Science, she has worked in several companies in the US, Germany and New Zealand, before starting her own company Entopix. Her skills are in high demand and she has an array of happy clients around the world.

    She is also a mum of a very active one and a half year old girl and is enjoying the flexibility her career choice has given her.

    Alyona started the STEAM ahead initiative after becoming the Google Anita Borg Scholarship Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand. She believes STEAM ahead events, such as this one, are a perfect opportunity to spread the word about awesome career choices to both girls and their mums.

    Alyona has successfuly organized two events before:

     

    http://www.steam-ahead.org

    http://www.medelyan.com 

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      Livestock Improvement Corporation Ltd
      2015-02-12 14:15:49 +1300
      The Skills Organisation
      2015-02-10 14:31:28 +1300

      "The Skills Organisation believes in empowering young kiwi women to achieve greatness in STEAM industries. We proudly support this event."

      Vend
      2015-02-09 18:44:14 +1300
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      2015-02-09 18:43:48 +1300
      Susan Needham, Westpac NZ
      2015-02-08 18:03:38 +1300

      "Westpac is happy to support more girls to study technology related subjects and the great work that STEAM is doing."

      Susan Needham
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      Amy Shuang Wang
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      Gerda Gorgner
      2015-02-04 16:15:15 +1300
      Jay Gregory
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      Michael Robinson
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      "Hooray!"

      Michelle Burke
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      James Magness
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      "Awesome work! "

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