Showing posts from October, 2017

#iAspire, My Experience with the Aspirations in Computing Award

In my senior year of high school (2015-2016), I won the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award for Connecticut. This award is given to young women in high school who show an active interest and/or involvement with computing. I wasn't really interest in computer science at the time, at least not the way it was taught as school, but I did a lot of STEM outreach through Girl Scouts. I wrote about that outreach, which was also my Gold Award project that was in progress at the time. I knew I wanted to go into electrical engineering, because of multiple summer camps in previous years where I fell in love with hardware, but because of my computer science class, I had my doubts. By earning this award I knew that people believed in me and my passion for education and STEM. I was also introduced to a vast community of people from different backgrounds with a thing in common, code and STEM. Being in the community offered a space for information a

All the Show and Tell!

Hi! All of my Show and Tell appearances are now listed on the left! I will update them after I am on air. If you want to catch me live, check out Adafruit's Show and Tell every week at 7:30pm  EST. Share your projects too, so everyone can see the cool things you are working on. The best way to get new ideas is to share your own! Never Stop Making Rebecca the Maker

New Guide Up!

Hi everyone! Today a new guide is up on Maker411 ! This guide is something I wrote this summer to talk about starting off with electronics. It lists a bunch of my favorite circuit boards that I use all the time, plus it includes the 3D printer that I use! Take some time and check it out! It's definitely worth the read. Never Stop Making Rebecca the Maker

Getting Started with Electronics and Engineering at Home

Intro: Electronics and engineering are everywhere in today’s society. Lots of children want to learn and be a part of this world of new and exciting technology. They could be the next big inventor, or the creator of the next big thing. Engineering starts at home. There are lots of low cost options to start creating new and exciting things. Many of these options are even free and online. I’ve lined up some fantastic resources for you and your child to get started with electronics, engineering, and learning together. Code.Org is a nonprofit that hosts several free online courses to learn coding. They teach code using Block code, meaning that you connect together drag and drop blocks to make a code and complete a goal. You can get started today for free, with no sign ups required and complete an Hour of Code course in less than an hour. Perfect for grade s K-12 Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi is a low cost single board computer that can be attached to any scree