These STEM Websites Use Games and Quizzes to Inspire Young Women

EngineerGirl and IEEE TryEngineering teach girls about the field

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Three students in a TryEngineering Together sponsored classroom work on creating windmills after reading about wind energy on the TryEngineering Together platform.
Students in an IEEE TryEngineering Together-sponsored classroom work on building and testing their windmill designs after reading about wind energy on the program’s platform.
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THE INSTITUTEI worked in the engineering industry for only six months before I realized what I was really passionate about was helping the next generation of women interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, and math to succeed. Girls often are discouraged from joining STEM fields even though they might show just as much interest as boys do. I wanted to help change that, so I moved from Los Angeles to Mexico, where I had family, and started working with preuniversity girls as a teacher’s aide. In this position, I’ve been helping female students understand the various opportunities within STEM fields, and I map out potential academic and career tracks for them.

Science, engineering, and technology are essential for promoting the health and well-being of all individuals. Accordingly, it’s vital to have a balanced scientific talent pool so that tomorrow’s innovations represent—and serve—everyone.

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Tony Fadell: The Nest Thermostat Disrupted My Life

The Nest founder tells of years in pursuit of a thermostat he actually likes

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A man holds a circular device in front of a blue wall that says nest on it.

Tony Fadell shows off the Nest thermostat in 2012.

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The thermostat chased me for 10 years.

That is pretty extreme, by the way. If you’ve got an idea for a business or a new product, you usually don’t have to wait a decade to make sure it’s worth doing.

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