Good morning Afro Triangle friends! Today, I want to talk to you about Wednesday’s panel discussion. We will he talking to some local women about STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There has been a shortage of women in this field for decades. Some companies, like LEGO are trying to change that by encouraging girls to play with engineering toys. A number of organizations are on this task as well.
STEM Learning by Design
For more than 13 years, Dr. Yeni Violeta Garcia has worked to encourage underrepresented groups to participate in STEM fields. A leader in STEM in Colorado and the nation, she teaches educators how to create fun, engaging learning opportunities. The numerous programs Dr. Garcia has created disrupt outdated ways of thinking. She believes that all students should have access to high quality, culturally relevant and culturally responsive learning experiences.
Working in the field
What do you get when you cross an artist with an engineer? Shannon Bonk. She works in product development and automation for Geotech. As technology becomes more connected and our lives move automated, what is happening to our humanity? Bonk’s objective is to enhance our human experiences by creating empathy-driven technology. I can’t wait to find at what that means.
By day, Brittany Bennett is a Transportation Engineer for Felsburg Holt and Ullevig. Despite designing roads for a living, she is not responsible for how bad the roads are in CO. When not modeling in CAD, Brittany volunteers as the Executive Director of Engineers for a Sustainable World, a national engineering nonprofit with 50 student chapters across the United States. In her free time Brittany has been known to drink entire pots of coffee at a time.
Up and Coming
I am pleased to announce that in addition to working engineers, we have a student on the STEM panel as well. Briannah Hill is a 19 year old queer woman studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder. This is the next generation!
I hope you will join us.
Wednesday, September 14th
Coffee at The Point