Google – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Imagine my surprise when I saw this little link way off to the bottom right of the page on the WSJ. It’s a video clip of reporter Stacy Delo’s of Google’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering day. The clip profiles Ellen Spertus a research scientist for Google who talks about the program and about “grabbing” the interest and attention of girls into technology.
It also has clips from lots of the middle-schoolers themselves, talking about how they are going to change the way people think about girls and technology.
So check out the clip – it’s great.
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I just saw this article in the NY Times Geek Chic: Not Just for Boys. And it was perfect. As the title suggest, more girls are getting into technology – Girls have made the blogosphere their own. Girls are very comfortable with blogs and actively embrace the medium and the design and storytelling it goes with it. More girls than boys have sites, though boys seem more into posting videos of themselves to You Tube, while girls are out there building and nurturing a community. The whole article is well worth a read, but I thought I would pull out some of the sites and girls featured there so you could check out their work for yourselves.
Nicole Dominguez, 13, of Miramar, Fla., whose hobbies include designing free icons, layouts and “glitters” (shimmering animations) for the Web and MySpace pages of other teenagers. Her site is Sodevious.net,.
Martina Butler, 17, of San Francisco, who for three years has been recording an indie music show, Emo Girl Talk, from her basement. Check out Emogirltalk.com.
Agirlsworld.com, an interactive e-zine with articles written for and by girls.
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"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s her – a First Lady, tireless humanitarian, author and all around larger than life lady. So as we begin a Thursday, instead of just winding down and settling in for the weekend, perk up, revive and get ready to take this day on – each new day is a challenge and a gift and a new opportunity – new people, new friends, new connections and new achievements. I have my goal list in front of me for the day and I am ready to go.
One of those goals was a blog post – I was originally going to give you another post on a famous early Girl Geek – don’t worry, it’s coming, but she turned out to be so fascinating that I need a little more time to do her justice.
The first profile was of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who worked in the 20th century, beginning in the 1940s. I promised you a profile of someone even "older" – any one guess who it’s going to be?
Post a comment if you have a guess and stay tuned!
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So Girl Geeks, here’s a little bit more about one of the first Girl Geeks, Grace Murray Hopper (There is another women, even before Grace’s time – can anyone guess – Post your guess in the comments)
Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) was a rear admiral in the Navy and a pioneering computer programmer who wrote one of the first compilers (a compiler is the intermediate program that translates English language instructions into the language of the target computer. She did this, she said, because she was lazy and hoped that "the programmer may return to being a mathematician.") She was sometimes known as “Amazing Grace” for her achievements.
As a child, Grace was also taking things apart (the family clocks) and putting them back together and she attributed some of her success to her mother’s love of mathematics and her father’s love of books, which filled the house.
She served on and off in the Navy and in the private sector, always working on the earliest versions of computers and programming language. This was back when a single computer was the size of a room. She studied mathematics at Vassar and taught there and at Harvard. Her methods of teaching were considered somewhat unusual. She tried t to show her students the real world applications of mathematics, and so had them play bridge and try to predict the results, or plan a city and determine the expense of running it.
During WWII she joined the Navy and was assigned to research team developing the first computer. That’s when she wrote her compiler program and also developed the language COBOL, which while no longer widely used today in new software, is relatively easy language to learn to program in.
Grace become a well-know speaker, always appearing in her full dress Admiral’s uniform. Some of her famous quotes that you may be familiar with:
"It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for”
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