Now retired, Cheryl Wendling was an award-winning high school science teacher, with a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. Her students ranged from those with Special Needs, to Advanced Placement students, and everything in between. During that time, she also wrote curricular materials for NASA and presented science workshops at local, state, national, and international levels. Upon leaving public education, she was a high school science editor for a major textbook publisher and currently works as a freelance science illustrator
On Tuesday, the world will observe Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. While women have traditionally been underrepresented in these fields, they have been an integral part of STEM professions for centuries. Today, we’ll take a look at three amazing women who helped us understand the world around us through careers in STEM.
When I was in high school, I volunteered my weekends caring for preschoolers. Mothers would drop off their children for one child-free hour a week. After working with some of the children for several years, seeing their faces light up when they recognized me filled me with joy. But the way these children looked at me never really compared to the jubilation they felt when they heard their mother calling them at the end of that hour. Children were excited, even comforted, when their mother returned to pick them up. As it turns out, there’s a biological reason why a mother’s voice is a source of comfort. Researchers have discovered that a child’s brain becomes much more active when they hear mom speak, more so than when they hear other voices.
Happy Computer Science Education Week! My name is Gene Luen Yang and I’m a comic book writer. I write DC Comics’ monthly Superman series and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels from Dark Horse Comics. With Hour of Code just around the corner, I wanted to write a piece exploring the remarkable, and not widely known, history of women in programming.
Here at ThinkFun we work very hard to find the smartest, most innovative game inventors around. The goal is definitely to make a fun product, but it’s just as important to us that there’s a learning component – that kids develop critical thinking skills during their play, whether they’re aware of it or not. One of those inventors is Mark Engelberg, a former NASA programmer and current educator who was recently featured on GettingSmart.com.
Have you ever heard anyone say that there are no good science role models on TV for girls? Those people have never seen some of the shows that we watch in our house. These shows that I talk about below inspire my daughter, and son, to get creative outside of simply watching. So here are seven TV shows that are great inspirations for STEM for girls (and boys).