This session aired at ScIC6 Science is Cool Virtual STEM Summit on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
Deanne Bell Founder & CEO | Future Engineers
Deanne Bell is an engineer and television host. She loved inventing as a young girl and founded Future Engineers in 2014 to connect inspiring media and tech innovation with engaging STEAM challenges for youth. She studied mechanical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to being a TV host and entrepreneur, she designed opto-mechanics for aircraft sensors and worked as a senior application engineer for a software startup. Her TV hosting credits include CNBC, ESPN, DSC, Nat Geo, and PBS.
Mary Ford Director of Professional Learning | National Geographic Society
Mary is Director of Professional Learning at the National Geographic Society. She has a bachelor’s in environmental science from Harvard University and a master's in environmental management from Yale University. Her career has focused on environmental education and citizen science. She has worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the World Wildlife Fund, and the National Audubon Society. She has also taught preschool, middle school and high school and has done ecology research in Borneo, Latin America and Siberia. She doesn't mind being hot or cold as long as she's outside!
Nahima Ahmed Manager of Impact Strategy | Science Friday
Nahmia is a story-driven researcher who loves using data to understand and improve programs and processes for people. In all of her work, she strives to understand the relationship of how people and systems interact to drive meaningful action. She has experience in media, global health, evaluation, social impact, data science, UX research, clinical trials, clinical assessments & interviewing, and qualitative analysis.
Patti Curtis Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettcin Information STEM Education Fellow | US Department of Education
Patti Curtis is the Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin Informal STEM Education Fellow serving in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, Curtis served as the Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of the Museum of Science and the National Center for Technological Literacy, where she focused on advancing formal and out of school PK-12 engineering education across the nation by advocating for federal and state policies and programs.
Patti also served on the U.S House of Representatives Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus Steering Committee, the Association of Science and Technology Centers Public Policy Committee and the Title IV, Part A Coalition Steering Committee. She also served on the Purdue INSPIRE K-12 Engineering Outreach External Advisory Panel, and the Triangle Coalition Board.
Teresa Mobley NGSS Teacher on Special Assignment | Saugus Union School District
Teresa is a veteran educator with 20+ years in the classroom. Currently a teacher on special assignment in the area of NGSS for a TK-6 district in California.
Notes and Resources:
Sign up for the NASA TechRise Challenge
Why So Few? Research on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Breakthrough Films - Portraits Of Women In Science
Mary's ScIC5 Talk about her work in Borneo
Not the Science Type - Female scientists challenge stereotypes and blaze paths for future generations in this 3M-produced docuseries
Dr. Cheryl Knott - Mary Ford's role model
Ask a Scientist series by PocketLab - Hear from a couple of awesome women scientists
PocketLab Lesson - Dr Megan MacDonald on NASA Heat Shield research
Nextstrain - Real-time tracking of pathogen evolution