Full STEAM Ahead is a conference by CodeVA dedicated to empowering young women through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. We inspire our students by connecting them with female role models in engaging hands-on workshops. Our speakers will share their experience as leaders in their respective industries, highlighting the importance of STEAM and the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Full STEAM Ahead is an event for middle school girls, rising 6th through rising 9th graders, in the Greater Richmond Area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 FSA conference will be offered online over the week of August 3-7, 2020. Each track will consist of five workshops of approximately one hour each, as well as a keynote address and other opportunities to connect. For a more detailed look at the conference schedule, check out the Conference Page.
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Meet our 2020 keynote speaker!
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for CSforALL. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) . Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.
Our closing Keynote Speaker will be Miss America 2020: Camille Schrier.
Camille Schrier graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with dual Bachelor of Science degrees, Biochemistry & Systems Biology. She is currently pursuing a Dr. of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. On December 19, 2019, she earned the job of Miss America 2020. Her social initiative is, Mind Your Meds: Drug Safety & Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics.