Full STEAM Ahead is a conference by CodeVA dedicated to empowering youth through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. We inspire our students by connecting them with professional 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 schoolers, rising 6th through rising 9th graders, in the Greater Richmond Area. Five one-hour sessions will be hosted virtually every day from July 19th to July 22nd and students are welcome to attend any sessions they like! Sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to change. For a more detailed look at the conference schedule, check out the Schedule Page.
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Meet our 2021 keynote speakers!
Opening Keynote Speaker:
Danielle Boyer is a young award-winning Indigenous (Ojibwe) robotics inventor, author, environmental activist, and tireless advocate for underserved youth who has been teaching kids since she was ten years old. Danielle creates innovative learning solutions utilizing robots that she invents and gives to kids for free to make technical education accessible. Armed with a desire to make the technical space an equitable one, she created The STEAM Connection, a nonprofit that has helped her reach hundreds of thousands of children worldwide with life-changing education. Danielle’s affordable tools champion the educational space and cost less than 20 USD to manufacture. By empowering underserved youth with technical skills, Danielle is helping them take back power in their lives, paving the way for a more sustainable, diverse, and innovative future. She has been named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s Girls Changing the World and a L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth and currently mentors 35 youth robotics teams.
Closing Keynote Speaker:
Kishau Rogers is an award-winning technology entrepreneur using computer science, systems thinking & common sense to create intelligent solutions for humans. She holds a Computer Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and over 25 years of technology and entrepreneurial leadership. Kishau is one of the first black women in Virginia to raise millions in venture capital for high-growth startups. She is the CEO of Time Study Inc, which offers a platform that uses human-centered artificial intelligence to shape the future of work. Kishau has been featured in many publications, including Forbes Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Black Enterprise. She is a recipient of many awards and was recently recognized as one of VCU’s Distinguished Alumni (in Computer Science).