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Inspiring the next generation of female engineers | Debbie Sterling | TEDxPSU


Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers

Educational and Inspirational message to increase the under-representation of women in the STEM fields.

I have a dream that young women will aspire to be scientists and engineers developing the next technological innovations that move our world forward.

I decided to make that dream a reality by educating young women on careers in engineering and sharing my journey to success on becoming an engineer.

This talk was given at Akron University Inquire! Innovate! Invent! Event hosted by the Women in Engineering Program.

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Inspiring the next generation of engineers

At its manufacturing facility in Miskin, South Wales, Renishaw has opened the Fabrication Development Centre (FDC). The centre (opened by Bloodhound SSC’s Andy Green OBE) carries out workshops designed to engage students from local schools about the benefits of working in modern engineering.

Debbie Sterling - Creator of Goldieblox @TheFeast 2013

GoldieBlox is a toy company that started with a passion about how to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Only 11% of engineers in USA are women. Engineers are incredibly important, and most of them are male despite the fact that half of our population is female.

Debbie Sterling talks about her path to getting a GoldieBlox that launched year ago. Debbie found her love when she started as a freshman at Stanford University, and she was one among few women in her first mechanical engineering class. She realized that engineering is all about learning how stuff works and how to invent things. Her passion hooked to her brain when she started idea bench with her friends to share ideas. Debbie started thinking about developing toys to generate interest of girls in the field of engineering.
Many people laughed at her idea during the initial days but, she did not give up so and attended social entrepreneurship conference to share the view. With the help of few who wanted to help her, she came up with a prototype for kids, and we found that it was indeed appealing to girls. After realizing that girls love stories, Debbie Sterling started writing stories about Goldie the girl engineer who went on adventures to solve problems by building simple machines. Less than a year, GoldieBlox is now available at TOYS R US and has been a best selling product on Amazon. They are making new stories and products regularly.

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Kelly Dreams Big: Inspiring the Next Generation

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Debbie Sterling Lightning Talk - 100Kin10 2013 Summit

Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.
GoldieBlox is a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of Mr. Magoo. Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes.
Prior to founding GoldieBlox, Debbie served as the Marketing Director of Lori Bonn, a national jewelry company. For the past 7 years, she has also served as a brand strategy consultant for a wide variety of organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Organic Valley and the New York Knicks.
Debbie's inspiration to create a mission-driven company came in 2008, when she spent 6 months volunteering at a grassroots nonprofit in rural India. She created a viral fundraising campaign called I Want a Goat, raising over $30,000 for economic and educational development in the region. This experience helped pave the way to finding her true passion: inspiring the next generation of female engineers.
Debbie completed her degree in engineering at Stanford (Product Design, '05) and currently lives with her husband in San Francisco.

Go Girl! Engineering a bright future for today's girls

Women constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM. Even worse, only 1 out of every 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman. Women make up only 10 percent of U.S. engineers. We must change this. Today's girls are our future engineers - they naturally possess the creativity and analytical and communication skills that are the signature traits of an engineer. We must inspire them to dream big, reach higher, and pursue their passions. Join Project Lead The Way in introducing girls to the exciting career of engineering!

Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox at the 2014 Texas Conference for Women

When you take a risk and stick with it, you learn that you can be invincible. Keynote Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox addressed a crowd of almost 6,000 at the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women on Nov. 13, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.

Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning toy company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle” with interactive construction toys and stories for girls. Sterling is an engineer, spokesperson and one of the leaders of the movement toward getting girls interested in engineering and technology. Sterling was named TIME’s“Person of the Moment”and one of Business Insider’s “30 Women Who Are Changing the World.” GoldieBlox was named one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies”by FastCompany, “Educational Toy of the Year”by the Toy Industry Association, and became the first ever small business to win a free commercial during the Super Bowl. Sterling has made it her life’s mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She earned her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005.

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Women in Engineering

This year's video features interviews with a diverse cross-section of female engineers at Oxford trying to change the pre-conceived notions of engineering. They discuss its importance to our everyday lives and the types of skills required for an engineering career. This contributes to our efforts to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Please watch and share!


Department of Engineering Science

Karen Carey, Media Producer
Peter Robinson, Manager EMS and Oxford on iTunesU

Lucy Townsend, HR Manager
Dr. Joanna Rhodes, Head of Finance and Administration

Video conceptualisation: Dr Priyanka Dhopade

GoldieBlox & Rube Goldberg "Princess Machine"

About us:
We're GoldieBlox, a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.

Our founder, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineer who decided last year that girls need more choices than the pink aisle has to offer. She developed GoldieBlox, an interactive book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor who loves to build.

This year, we wondered what we could do to showcase the amazing inventive power that girls have. So...we might have recruited three young girls and that guy who made OK Go's famous Rube Goldberg machine to turn an average home into a massive, magical contraption.


The Inventors:

Lyrics performed by: Raven

Creative Director: Beau Lewis
Machine Creative Director: Brett Doar
Film Director: the Academy

Executive Producer: GoldieBlox Inc

Music: PicoSound
Animation by: Ed Skudder & Lynn Wang
Special thanks to GitHub Studios

3 tips for girl engineers from Debbie Sterling of GoldieBlox

Debbie Sterling, creator of the award-winning toy company GoldieBlox, has three tips for young girls who aspire to be engineers.

Great Women in Engineering History

Long before women engineers were considered something special, some amazing women were doing great things to pave the way. Although their contributions are sometimes unrecognized,
women with a little ingenuity have always had the power to do great things.

#EngineerGirlShow highlights the amazing women in engineering and to inspire the next generation. Produced by George Retelas with his digital art students at SAE Institute.

The EngineerGirl website was created to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

Debbie Sterling: Disrupting the Pink Aisle [Entire Talk]

Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, shares her evolution from lonely inventor to inspiring entrepreneur with a vision to give young girls the confidence to become engineers through hands-on play. Sterling talks about overcoming gender stereotypes and her own fears, as well as the entrepreneurial challenges of embracing failure and succeeding despite scant resources.

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Inspirations of Women in Engineering

Cisco sat down with hundreds of female engineers and asked them: “What inspires you?” Women from all over, with diverse backgrounds, from seasoned professionals to aspiring students share their inspirations. These exemplary professionals of today are setting the bar high to inspire the women of tomorrow.

What inspires you?

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Top 10 Women in STEM Fields TED Talks // Best STEM TED talks

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These are the best STEM TED talks, female engineer TED talk, women in STEM fields ted talk, etc. I completely forgot to mention #7 in the video but I added it to the list below.

The Pinterest board with all of my favourite TED talks:

Links to my top 10 STEM TED Talks:

1. Inspiring the next generation of female engineers | Debbie Sterling | TEDxPSU

2. Engineering - Where are the girls and why aren't they here?: Dr. Jenna Carpenter at TEDxMonroe

3. 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit

4. Why we have too few women leaders | Sheryl Sandberg

5. Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all have it all?

6. Your body language may shape who you are | Amy Cuddy

7. Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED Talks

8. We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

9. The Future of STEM Depends on Diversity | Nicole Cabrera Salazar | TEDxGeorgiaStateU

10. I don't do Math | Emily Calandrelli | TEDxOregonStateU


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PINTEREST: STEMinine (I have my bookshelf here!)

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EngineerGirl @ GoldieBlox

Featuring an interview with Debbie Sterling, CEO at GoldieBlox in Oakland, CA.

#EngineerGirlShow highlights the amazing women in engineering and to inspire the next generation. Produced by George Retelas with his digital art students at SAE Institute.

The EngineerGirl website was created to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

Inspiring Interview with Female Aerospace Engineer, Natalie Panek

About Our Guest:

Natalie Panek is a robotic operator and aerospace engineer at MDA Space Missions. She helped build and drove a solar-powered car across North America, has a pilots license, skydived with Korea's first Astronaut, and co-authored papers on Microgravity Combustion and On-orbit Satellite Servicing.

She is an advocate for encouraging women to dive head-on into challenging careers and take risks. Natalie speaks at multiple events on leadership, women in technology, and space exploration and is passionate about advancing technology and fostering innovation.


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Inspiring the next generation

The UK is great at engineering, but not enough young people are studying science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM) and becoming engineers. As an engineering company, it’s in our interest to do something about that! That’s why we created The Curiosity Project; a UK-wide engagement programme aimed at bringing STEM to life for children (and their parents).


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TEDxIIT - Jeff Chiles - Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

Jeff Chiles is a current student at Illinois Institute of Technology. From Plymouth, Minn., he recently completed his undergraduate courses for a double major in electrical and computer engineering, and is now a research assistant with the High Performance Integrated Circuits and Microsystems Lab in the ECE department at IIT. During his undergraduate time, he became closely involved with the Camras Scholars Program and as its vice president of the Camras Student Executive Board in 2009, he led the initial development of the Intuitive Modules in Engineering Education program (IMiEE). IMiEE is focused on exposure kids to engineering at a much younger age so that they might consider it as a career path in the future. Here Jeff talks about the mission and development of the program as well as where it is going in the future.

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