As a young girl, I was great a math. I loved solving problems. I loved creating. I loved building. I loved doing this in school.
In middle school, that changed. I no longer felt successful at math or science. Even though I was a couple of grade levels ahead, I did not feel as welcomed.
It wasn’t until I set out as a high school English teacher that I knew why. I was one of many who was steered away from the STEM fields. I felt out of place. And, apparently, many more did do.
I don’t regret studying English and the arts. but I do wish I had continued my love for STEM.
Now, as a co-organizer of EdTech Women – Austin, I’m trying to make up for that.
I’m currently working to help bring more exposure to girls in MakerSpaces and coding environments so I created a presentation so others could continue as well.