GoldieBlox Builds Girls Into Engineers

If you haven’t heard of GoldieBlox, you need to – especially if you have daughters that you want to help teach about the wonders and awesomeness of engineering and math; daughters you want to see learn to embrace their inner geek and be empowered to do whatever they set their minds to.

That’s what GoldieBlox is all about!

GoldieBlox girls

According to the folks at GoldieBlox, part of the problem for why we have so few women engineers is because from a young age, girls aren’t given toys that encourage those skills or ideas. Instead, girls are given barbies and dolls and play-dress-up.

GoldieBlox % female engineersBut what if you gave young girls a toy that taught them how to use their minds to build amazing things? What if we could start them young learning to develop spatial skills and engineer something of their own invention?

Only 13% of total engineers worldwide are women. Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women.

Let’s change that!

Let’s do like GoldieBlox and believe in girls who want to learn these skills. Let’s give them the choice to be more than society has taught them to be. Let’s put the future in their hands.

I mean, think about it. If more little girls could learn to build something like this, imagine how cool that would be for the whole world!

Now those are some little Tough Cookies!

Source: UpWorthy

Google Puts $50M Towards Girls In Code

GoogleGoogle is at it again!

My friends make fun of me for being too big of a Google-ite. I love everything Google does. I think they are an amazing company that excellently balances being a massive corporation and an open-minded innovative company that is doing some real good in the world. I use all Google and Android products, and while I always see areas of improvement for them, I feel that overall Google does an amazing job keeping their priorities straight and progress moving forward.

Now one of the areas I admire Google for is their efforts to promote science, engineering and tech education among youth. They already have a program called CS4HS (Computer Science 4 High School). And since 2010, they have also been pouring $40 million into the Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) and Code.org programs.

Made With CodeNow Google is adding one more.

Over the next three years, Google is rolling out $50 million for a new program called Made with Code, which aims to encourage more young girls to get into programming and tech by learning how to code.

Because “things you love are Made with Code”, according to the program’s motto.

The program will highlight influential women in the computer science industry, and reward girls who are getting started, providing them with lots of resources, community programs, and coding events. The girls in the program will work on one of a few available projects, depending on their skill and interest – everything from creating a meme, to 3D printing a bracelet, to sequencing music sounds, to building a website or mobile app.

Pretty cool huh? Learning to be a Tough Cookie should start at a young age, when the brain is more impressionable, and values are imprinted that can last into your adult life. So you go Google – go inspire some more Tough Cookies in our youth! I for one think what you are doing is awesome, and much needed.

Here’s to Tough Cookies, at every age!

Source: Tech Times

Happy Malala Day!

Wanna hear a pretty crazy awesome story?Malala Yousafzai

So there’s this teenage girl named Malala Yousafzai. She lives in Pakistan. And she wants to go to school so she can learn. But in her country, that’s not something girls are really allowed to do. In fact, the Taliban culture there operates on the belief that it’s unnecessary, distracting, and even dangerous in some eyes to educate a woman.

But Malala was special. She was determined. And she was raised by a father who was an educational activist, and ran a chain of schools known as the Khushal Public School. And so it was that she began to dream of having more. She dreamt of going to school herself.

As early at 2008, when she was only 11 years old, Malala began speaking up about education rights, when her father took her to Peshawar to speak at the local press club.

“How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

She started writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her experiences and struggles under Taliban rule. And people started to listen. She was asked to interviews and television appearances. She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.

Then on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, while Malala was on her way to school in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat, a man got on her school bus, asked for her by name, and then fired 3 shots at her. One of the bullets struck through the left side of her face and lodged into her shoulder near her spinal cord.

She was in a coma in critical condition with a 70% chance of survival. She underwent brain surgery, and was moved from hospital to hospital. Until she finally emerged from her coma a week later, miraculously without any brain damage.

The assassination attempt was received with worldwide media coverage and responses of sympathy and anger. People protested, sent donations and wrote articles defending her. Malala and her father refused to leave their country, but rather were determined to stay and fight for their rights. Malala was featured as as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World“. And she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

But perhaps the most significant development that rose out of this horrid experience was the hope it inspired. United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown visited Malala when she was in the hospital, and decided to launch a UN petition in her name, using the slogan “I am Malala”. The petition demanded that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015, and ultimately lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill.

On Saturday, July 12th, Malala turned 17 and finished another year of school. Now today, on July 14th, we celebrate Malala Day in honor of her struggles, her fight for survival, and the fight for women all over the world to have a right to education.

Even their bullets couldn’t silence her. And nothing can silence us Tough Cookies! Malala is one of us, a Tough Cookie, and her fight is our fight. So this day serves as a reminder for us all.

Happy Malala Day my fellow Tough Cookies, and remember to never give up!

Source: Marie Forleo