2017 Workshops

Session 1

Water, Wastewater, Stormwater – A Connection, Laurissa Cubbage

Science, Technology, Engineering

Most people understand what happens when you turn on the faucet in your home … clean drinking water. And some people understand what happens when it rains… stormwater runs off into nearby rivers and streams. And a very few people understand what happens to the dirty water when you flush the toilet or brush your teeth. This workshop will explore the Water’s Connections, through chemistry, biology, engineering, and science.

About the Speaker:

Laurissa holds her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Engineer from NCSU, where she has focused on the water fields. She is a project manager for HDR (local to Glen Allen) with 15 years of practical design experience of water and wastewater treatment facilities (from conceptual design through to construction). Laurissa is active in the Virginia Water Environmental Association, Water Environment Federation, and Society of Women in Engineering.

Introduction to Technical Drafting, Rachel Jordan

Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

This workshop will serve as an introduction and basic understanding of technical drafting. After learning the terms and function of technical drafting, the students will use tools to complete a series of drawings. Upon completion of the technical drawings, the students will make 3D models of their drawings.

About the Speaker:

Rachel is a City Planner for Chesterfield County and got her start with a background in architecture. She completed architectural training courses in high school and found urban planning as a career option while attending Virginia Commonwealth University. She now incorporates her creative thinking and technical skills into her role as a planner. Rachel will be starting my Masters of Urban Planning in the fall to expand my knowledge and skills in the planning field.

Design in Architecture, Abigail Whalen

The Arts

This workshop will introduce the field of architecture and notable female architects. Students will learn about an Architect’s day to day life in a design office (with lots of visuals!), discuss the design process (concept/planning/execution), and move in to model making.

About the Speaker:

Abigail is an architectural and interior designer from Virginia. She received two undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and her Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia. After graduating she moved to Shanghai, China where she worked for four years designing high-end resorts and hotels. She currently lives in RVA and works for a very small firm designing private homes.

Pom Pom Video Game, Maggie Smith

Technology

Make characters with pom poms, googly eyes, felt, and other crazy craft materials. Then, see your character come to life by creating a video game starring your new friend!

About the Speaker:

Maggie Smith is the Director of Children’s Programs at CodeVA and Computer Science education nonprofit. It may sound a little strange, but her background is in art education. Computer Science is a form of creative problem solving and so is art. Working at CodeVA has allowed Maggie to investigate the many relationships between art and technology. She feels very lucky to be able to explore the exciting field of technology through the eyes of an arts educator.

Animals After Dark, Anne Wright

Science, Technology, The Arts

What wild animals live around us? How can we find them? Put out special see-in-the-dark cameras and start ‘catching’ the surprising wildlife biodiversity right next door.. .

About the Speaker:

Anne coordinates outreach and community engagement for VCU Life Sciences and VCU Biology. She has degrees in Art (Sculpture) and Biology. Her on-going projects and social media sites highlight vernal pools, Atlantic sturgeon, and urban wildlife. Check out her Science in the Park web site for collaboratively developed explorations into the geology, natural resources, plants, and animals in the James River Park System in Richmond, VA.

Think like a (World Class) Programmer, Kishau Rogers

Technology

Computer science is the study of algorithms used to solve problems and manage complexity. Algorithms are the series of instructions; the solution. The most important phase of developing a technology product happens before a single line of code is written. It is in developing an accurate mental model of the problem that you’re solving. Students will learn programing concepts using a series of unplugged, interactive exercises for developing mental models, structuring knowledge, creating algorithms

About the Speaker:

Kishau Rogers is a serial tech entrepreneur and is the Founder of technology ventures such as Websmith, TimeStudy, and PeerLoc. She has over twenty years of industry experience, specializing in using computer science and systems thinking principles to influence how we develop, build, and mature ideas. Under her leadership, the Websmith brand has operated for over 13 years, partnering with organizations in successfully taking their technology ideas from conceptualization to commercialization.

Build a Computer with Raspberry Pi, Amber Manry

Technology

In this workshop, we’ll work with a kit called Piper to begin building a computer. For this workshop, we’ll go over the following concepts: What is a computer? What is Raspberry Pi? What are the Debugging Process and Developing Critical Thinking Skills?

About the Speaker:

After graduating from UVA with a BS in Systems Engineering, Amber spent 20 years as a professional software developer. She worked for several startups, owned her own company as an independent contractor, and also worked as a software architect working with up to 100 developers. Amber recently founded her own company, bitcubs, that’s dedicated to teaching coding at a young age.

Audio Recording and Production, Carol Olson

The Arts, Technology:

Learn how to record radio spots, engineer sound quality, mix down and get ready for broadcast! Participants will have a mini course on audio production. They will identify their topic, script out their content and record 1-2 minute modules or record a longer segment as a group. They will get to see how sound recordings are mixed down and readied for broadcast. They will get to have their spots broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM!

About the speaker:

As the President at Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, Carol maintains the mission to produce independent community focused radio. She produces and hosts radio shows: The V Word, Richmond Recovers Radio, Women and Politics, and Executive Produce – Inspire Indeed. She has worked in advocacy and activism for over 15 years. Carol is the Secretary and Editor-in-Chief at The Pixel Project. She also contributes to other anti-violence and peacemaking blogs as well as an art therapy blog.

Session 2

How to Think Like an Engineer and Robot Demo, Dani Chowen

Engineering, Technology

As a robotics team, female members from our team will lead the students in an interactive brainstorming session that simulates what the robotics team members do each season before they build a competitive robot. This workshop will walk students through our brainstorming process, then show the them how that brainstorming turns into a real product with a live robot demonstration. Students will have the opportunity to drive the robot and learn about the mechanisms that make it work.

About the Speaker:

Dani is the Chief Community Operations Officer of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School’s robotics team, Team 422. Since 1999, they’ve built a competition robot annually and we engage in community outreach opportunities throughout the year. Within the past year, their team has taught workshops at local organization Engineering for Kids, mentored an elementary school robotics team at Oak Grove Elementary, and have demonstrated our robot at a Girls in STEM event at Holman Middle School.

Environmental Geology – Rock The Environment!, Ngozi Ibe

Science

We hear about Geology, but what is it, really?? What does a Geologist do?? Where would a Geologist work?? Is Geology really just all about rocks?? Come to this interactive Environmental Geology workshop and learn why Environmental Geologists are unique, in high demand and can work in a diverse array of industries. Find out what Environmental Geology is all about and why YOU should consider a career in this exciting, fast paced, high tech and hands on profession.

About the Speaker:

Ngozi is a Geologist and Project Manager at CH2M HILL: a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations, and federal, state, and local governments. She has always been passionate about STEAM and especially about getting more girls interested in careers in STEAM. Ngozi presented at last year’s Full STEAM Ahead conference and enjoyed educating and interacting with all the students. She is excited at the opportunity lead a workshop again this year!!

Exploring the world through data, Samantha Blackburn

Science, Technology, Mathematics

The world is filled with bits of information that can tell you unknown secrets. The trick is knowing how to examine this information so that you can see the story that often goes unnoticed by others. In this workshop, students will learn about the value of data analysis and the career opportunities available in this growing and diverse field. Students will help design a market research survey, participate in the survey, and even analyze the data to generate useful information.

About the Speaker:

Samantha Blackburn is a senior advisor in market research at SIR, a management consulting firm. Sam is educated in the fields of marketing and communication, but she’s a data geek at heart. When she isn’t crunching numbers, she’s busy exploring Richmond (she’s a native Texan), hanging out with her husband and three-year-old son, and watching too much stuff on Netflix. To learn more about Sam and SIR, visit www.sirhq.com.

Hormones + Horses = Clear Communication, Stacy Wood

Science

In this workshop, we will explore the science behind communicating effectively: specifically what stress and fear hormones do to our ability to communicate and tools to change that. Additionally, we will learn why horses are masters of energy and non-verbal communication, and what lessons we can apply to our lives as humans. Combined, these two different approaches to communicating will empower young women to be confident in the verbal and nonverbal communication!

About the Speaker:

Stacy earned a B.S. from VA Tech in Animal Sciences; after college she spent 15+ years in medical sales / training, where she honed her skills of creating /leading training workshops. Additionally, she was an Adjunct Professor at U of R, where she taught Professional Development courses, and then completed her certification as a Life Coach. Stacy now own Cognition Coaching &Consulting LLC; I offer private and executive coaching, communication workshops, and work with horses to teach humans how to communicate!

Creative Disruption, Kim Spencer

The Arts

In this open discussion, we’ll talk about your interests, your passions and how you don’t have to give one up for another.  As innovation disrupts the traditional landscape, your creative interests and unique problem solving skills can be utilized in the most unlikely places.

Dimensional Type Construction, Kim Spencer

The Arts

In this workshop, we’ll get our hands dirty by making dynamic letterforms in non-traditional ways. We’ll explore words and phrases in an experimental, iterative approach using common materials in a new way. Relinquishing control and permanence, we’ll aggravate the little control troll in your head. Bring your camera so you can document your work!

About the Speaker:

Kim Spencer earned her first BFA in glass working and furniture design from Virginia Commonwealth University before heading back for a second BFA in visual communication. After running her own design studio for several years she joined the flagship mobile design team at Capital One. She also leads a series of hand-on workshops at Capital One that act to refill the creative well and inspire innovation.

Create your own Logo, Jolinda Smithson

The Arts

By choosing typefaces, drawing materials, symbols and colors, students can create a logo using their name. The idea is to talk about how design elements, when combined, create meaning and to have each participant go through a brainstorming session to discover a bit about herself and then use the design elements and materials to create a logo that’s personally meaningful.

About the Speaker:

As a graphic and web designer for the past 16 years, Jolinda has helped many small businesses and startups create branding that means something to them and works for their business. She loves to balance digital design with handmade creativity, and belongs to Mule Barn Craft Studio where she creates cast glass sculptures. Jolinda works for Red Orange Studio, freelances for herself, teaches at VCU in the Mass Communications Department, and will begin in July as the new host of CreativeMornings RVA.

Create Music and Code, Amber Manry

Technology

In this workshop, we’ll play a game called bitcubs beats, where we’ll use our voices to create music and learn about coding. Don’t worry, no singing ability nor coding experience is required! We’ll then use Osmo Coding Jam to reinforce what we learned to create our own electronic music.

About the Speaker:

After graduating from UVA with a BS in Systems Engineering, Amber spent 20 years as a professional software developer. She worked for several startups, owned her own company as an independent contractor, and also worked as a software architect working with up to 100 developers. Amber recently founded her own company, bitcubs, that’s dedicated to teaching coding at a young age.

Audio Recording and Production, Carol Olson

The Arts, Technology:

Learn how to record radio spots, engineer sound quality, mix down and get ready for broadcast! Participants will have a mini course on audio production. They will identify their topic, script out their content and record 1-2 minute modules or record a longer segment as a group. They will get to see how sound recordings are mixed down and readied for broadcast. They will get to have their spots broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM!

About the speaker:

As the President at Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, Carol maintains the mission to produce independent community focused radio. She produces and hosts radio shows: The V Word, Richmond Recovers Radio, Women and Politics, and Executive Produce – Inspire Indeed. She has worked in advocacy and activism for over 15 years. Carol is the Secretary and Editor-in-Chief at The Pixel Project. She also contributes to other anti-violence and peacemaking blogs as well as an art therapy blog.

Session 3

Cyber Security and Privacy, Carol Fung

Technology, Engineering

In this workshop I will give a seminar to go through the cyber security and privacy challenges in our daily life these days. I will interact with the audience to discuss their experience in cyber security breach and privacy issues and discussion possible solutions with them.I will take questions and answers after my presentation. The total time can be around 60-120 minutes depending on the need.

About the Speaker:

Carol Fung received her PhD degree in computer science from the university of Waterloo (Canada). Her research interests include collaborative networks, next generation computer networks, social networks, and security issues in mobile networks, medical systems, and DDoS defense. She is the recipient of the IEEE/IFIP IM 2015 Young Professional Award, Alumni Gold Medal of university of Waterloo in 2013, best dissertation awards in IM2013, the best student paper award in CNSM2011 and the best paper

The Beauty of Life/How to Adapt to Life, Farrah Hermes

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

So ‘The Beauty of Life’ will be a journey for through the complexity of molecular genetics starting at the collapse of a star to the condensing of gases of various elements to amino acids and how their properties cause protein folding which brings us to our unique selves. Since our creation is so unique and the a simple base pair change can make an individual different how those differences are played out on our own journey. Which leads into how to adapt to that beautiful life as an individual.

About the Speaker:

When Farrah started college she knew she wanted to do research. She loved genetics and learning about how genetics has an impact on our lives. As a result, Farrah chose to study bioinformatics, the study of biological complexity. Since then, her interest has only grown! Farrah’s dream has shifted many times, in directions that she never anticipated, but finds each shift to be learning experience that helps her develop even more as a scientist.

What is UX?, Lena Rankin

Technology

User Experience (UX) design is a growing field in the technology industry. It’s all about creating things that people want to use. For UX designers, that means designing website and app experiences. In this workshop we’ll learn what UX is and work in teams to solve a problem. We’ll brainstorm, draw, and test our ideas, all while learning how to make technology easier for people to use.

About the Speaker:

Ladies that UX (LTUX) is a global organization for women in technology that is all about giving women the chance to give back, push boundaries, and promote female skill and talent. Ladies that UX Richmond is led by Jenny Schmit and Lena Rankin, both UX professionals in Richmond, VA. Learn More: http://ladiesthatux.com/richmond/

Science of Influence and Persuasion, Kay Fudala

Science, Technology, Math

This activity based workshop that will share concepts from psychology and neuroscience to help participants understand everyday influences on our behavior and perception of the world and how they can leverage science to persuade others.

About the Speaker:

Kay is a change consultant and coach with Impact Makers. More details soon!

WMP for YOU and ME!, Podium RVA Summer Interns

The Arts

Join us as we explore our identities with creative expression, writing, and so much more! Podium’s team of high school interns are here as mentors to engage us in an hour of sharing about ourselves and understanding why the science of writing is a crucial part of our everyday lives. Have something to say? Take the stage with us!

About the Speaker:

Podium is a year-round writing, personal-expression, and leadership program for middle and high school youth. WMP stand for the Writing Mentorship Project. Created in 2015 by high school leaders, like the ones leading this workshop, WMP is an intensive internship for upperclassmen and recent high school graduates. Creating fun and innovative workshops/presentations, WMP interns work as mentors for in middle school programs and with their peers.

Examination of Art with Ultraviolet Radiation, Sheila Payaqui

The Arts, Technology

This presentation and workshop will introduce students to the use of ultraviolet (UV) radiation as an analytical tool in the examination of art. We’ll put on our safety goggles and see what ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence tells us about artist materials.

About the Speaker:

Sheila is the Senior Conservator and Head of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the VMFA. She  joined the museum’s conservation team in 2008 following previous appointments at the National Park Service, Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Sheila received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Master of Science degree in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum.

The BioMechanics of Human Movement, Carrie Peterson

Science, Technology, Engineering

I will introduce how science and engineering can be applied to understand and improve human movement. After students gain an understanding of key principles, they will work in groups to design a study to answer questions they come up with regarding human movement

About the Speaker:

Carrie is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at VCU. Her research focuses on improving movement for individuals with neurologic injuries, such as spinal cord injury or stroke. She applies math and engineering to help individuals achieve their rehabilitative goals after an injury that limits their ability to control muscles.

Audio Recording and Production, Carol Olson

The Arts, Technology:

Learn how to record radio spots, engineer sound quality, mix down and get ready for broadcast! Participants will have a mini course on audio production. They will identify their topic, script out their content and record 1-2 minute modules or record a longer segment as a group. They will get to see how sound recordings are mixed down and readied for broadcast. They will get to have their spots broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM!

About the speaker:

As the President at Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, Carol maintains the mission to produce independent community focused radio. She produces and hosts radio shows: The V Word, Richmond Recovers Radio, Women and Politics, and Executive Produce – Inspire Indeed. She has worked in advocacy and activism for over 15 years. Carol is the Secretary and Editor-in-Chief at The Pixel Project. She also contributes to other anti-violence and peacemaking blogs as well as an art therapy blog.

Session 4

Responsive Web Design 101, Brooke Smith

Technology

Learn all about Responsive Web Design! This workshop will teach you what Responsive Web Design is and how frameworks have been created to help with mobile purposes. You will learn how to quickly make your project mobile friendly and be beautifully displayed on all devices. This course is geared towards beginner levels and anyone interested in Web Design, HTML, CSS and Media Queries.

About the Speaker:

Brooke Smith is a guacamole lover who freelances and teaches Web Design. You may find her practicing yoga, traveling, photographing architecture or dancing outside of work. Brooke is a wanderlust, but is in love with the city she currently resides, Richmond, VA.

Visual Language, Kate Duffy

The Arts

The spoken and written word is the dominant language tools used in our schools, but what about visual language? In this workshop, you will discover how to transfer skills learned while creating art to other subjects in school. Don’t consider yourself a visual artist? Guess what– we’re all artists! This workshop is for everybody.

About the Speaker:

Born and bred in Baltimore, Kate found her way to Virginia by the way of JMU. Before joining the ART 180 team as the Community Program Manager, Kate spent 11 years teaching art to high school students in Henrico County. Kate is an artist, art advocate, and art educator.

Imagine, Prototype, and Design your Dream App!, Bridget Walsh

Technology, The Arts

In this workshop, Bridget will lead the group through the key stages of creating an app. We will spend time 1 ) defining the problem that your app solves 2) creating a personal of your customer 3) paper prototyping your app 4) lightweight user testing of the app 5) iterating on learnings 3) launching that app to the group. Our goal is to demonstrate how design thinking can bring any wild idea from concept to completion, emphasizing the importance of testing and iterating.

About the Speaker:

As the Creative Director at Snagajob, Bridget spends a lot of time working through website and native app experiences – using her background in Fine Arts and Anthropology to investigate creative solutions that meet human needs. Her career path has evolved from art centers and teaching art classes of all mediums, to gallery management, and finally into the tech space. Bridget believes all experiences layer into problem solving techniques, and that the best way to learn is through hands on practice.

Natural Language Processing, Bridget McInnes

Engineering, Mathematics

This workshop will provide an introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP) and provide hands-on activities focusing on processing human language.

About the Speaker:

Bridget McInnes is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science. Her research interests is in Natural Language Processing (NLP) which is an interdisciplinary field that uses computational methods to investigate the properties of human language and model the cognitive mechanisms underlying the understanding and production of language and practical applications involving the intelligent processing of human language by computer.

Drawing Specimens to Learn and Teach Anatomy, Sarah Faris

The Arts

Anatomical structures in the body can be difficult to learn from written descriptions alone. Drawing specimens, and studying drawings of others can help us learn anatomy in a visual way! Participants will take a look at real specimens, will draw them to understand their anatomy and function, and will also see how other artists and scientists have visualized them in a variety of ways.

About the Speaker:

Sarah Faris is a Certified Medical Illustrator and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at VCU. She creates art and visual communication materials for textbooks, medical journals, and court. Ms. Faris received her Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2007, and has been an active member of the Association of Medical Illustrators for over 10 years.

Building A Profitable Internet Business, Rhonda Watts-Robinson

Technology

Within this workshop, students will gain the exclusive strategies on how to use their gifts and talents to build a profitable business online using the internet from the comfort of their home. They will be enlightened as to how I’ve built two five figure businesses from home. They will engage in activities that will positively transform their thinking pertaining to the power of technology and will leave with strategic steps on how they can currently begin building their own businesses.

About the Speaker:

Rhonda Watts-Robinson is an electrifying speaker and teacher, Expert Writing & Publishing Specialist, Certified Business Coach, and Minister. Rhonda has traveled both nationally and internationally speaking transformation and teaching others the necessary strategies to write their book and grow their business. Rhonda is the owner of two successful companies, Reap Your Abundance, LLC and Rhonda’s Writing & Publishing Firm, and the founder of The “Sisters Elevating Success” Institute.

Digital Business Transformation, Josette Towles

Technology

I will discuss digital business transformation, highlight key examples and conduct a hands-on workshop that allows the students to create a web page or app.

About the Speaker:

Josette Towles is an accomplished and highly-respected digital business transformation leader, business & digital strategist, strategic planner & change agent whose expertise encompasses eBusiness, operations, finance, human resources & marketing. A dedicated student of innovation & pioneer in eBusiness applications, she helps companies drive additional revenue and efficiency through digital, organizational redesign and process improvement. Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josettetowles/

Audio Recording and Production, Carol Olson

The Arts, Technology:

Learn how to record radio spots, engineer sound quality, mix down and get ready for broadcast! Participants will have a mini course on audio production. They will identify their topic, script out their content and record 1-2 minute modules or record a longer segment as a group. They will get to see how sound recordings are mixed down and readied for broadcast. They will get to have their spots broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM!

About the speaker:

As the President at Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, Carol maintains the mission to produce independent community focused radio. She produces and hosts radio shows: The V Word, Richmond Recovers Radio, Women and Politics, and Executive Produce – Inspire Indeed. She has worked in advocacy and activism for over 15 years. Carol is the Secretary and Editor-in-Chief at The Pixel Project. She also contributes to other anti-violence and peacemaking blogs as well as an art therapy blog.

Amazon Alexa Workshop, Tech Em

Technology:
Build your first Alexa skill in our workshop that will explore how Amazon’s Alexa relates to emerging tech topics like Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud, and voice user interface (VUI) design. There will be a short hands-on training session and then you’ll really get your hands dirty building/coding your very own skill!  Our volunteers will offer individualized attention to make sure we get you up and running. Laptops will be provided, so the only thing you need to bring to this workshop is you! This workshop is two-parts, beginning in session 4 and ending in session 5. Students will have ample time for breaks.

Session 5

How To Herd Cats to Deliver IT Security, Shannon Yeaker

Technology

This workshop will focus on how to capitalize on the strengths of IT resources to build a solid foundation for defense in depth. Specifically, this presentation will highlight the obstacles to successfully delivering IT and how to build buy in while herding cats to improve security and reduce risk to an organization.

About the Speaker:

Shannon is currently the Project Manager and Lead Consultant of Governance Risk and Compliance Practice at Impact Makers. She has 20+ years in IT, of which the majority of that time has been in GRC related roles. Shannon has extensive experience in Financial Services and Healthcare Industries, and often finds herself the only female on an IT team. (She rocks it.) Shannon is a Certified Information Systems Auditior (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Associate in Healthcare Information Management Systems.

Infusing STEAM into Teaching, Susan Bardenhagen

STEAM

An elementary teacher can purposely include each STEAM area into instruction. This takes planning and experience, but it makes teaching an awesome and fun career. Plus, research gives evidence that students who are part of STEAM-infused classrooms become enthusiastic, lifelong learners.

About the Speaker:

Susan began creating Doll Furniture, Games, and Co. as a preschooler and played instruments in third grade- all interests she still possesses. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music, as well as her master’s in education, in a total of 4 years. Susan considers herself a student ever since. She is the regional director of the VA Association of Science Teachers, founder of a regional Math teachers council, violinist in symphony and chamber orchestras, vice-chair of my county’s Arts Council; and a teacher of every subject from grades 2-8.

How We Talk About Who We Are, Samantha Poelstra

The Arts

The workshop will focus on identity: both forming and growing identity, and how our actions inform who we become and what we do. This will be an interactive discussion. The girls will form their own definition of identity and be asked to participate in a group activity.

About the Speaker:

Sam is a Montanan who loves Richmond and all the happenings of the city. She runs Post Iron Digital, where she writes, publishes, and helps small businesses navigate the online marketing world by building their content and strengthening their relationships to others in their field. She is also teaching herself how to code.

Dance Therapy and the Brain, Anna Liddle

Science, Engineering, The Arts

This interactive workshop will include basic ideas about dance therapy — what it is and how it works. I will speak about how dance affects the brain, and why dance therapy works the way it does. The application of dance therapy also embodies principles of engineering and biomedical design. Students will participate in a dance therapy workshop. Exposure to this workshop will allow students to understand the role of forms of rehabilitative medicine, body mechanics, and expressive therapy

About the Speaker:

Anna is currently a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg, MD) under the joint mentorship of Dr. Stephanie Goldberg, Associate Professor of Surgery at VCU, and Dr. Jack E. Pevenstein, Senior Technology Innovation Advisor at NIST. Her interests include understanding the role of neuroscience in developing various forms of rehabilitative therapy. Anna has a passion for working with students to motivate them to pursue careers in STEAM.

Type 1 Diabetes and the Technology Involved, Sarah Motley

Science, Technology

I would like to educate young people about type 1 diabetes and the newest technology that has been invented to assist in the management and progression of the disease.

About the Speaker:

Sarah Motley is a 19 years old firefighter/EMT and a type 1 diabetic. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was in the 7th grade. Sarah was 11 years old. It didn’t come as that much of a shock, however, because her dad also has type 1 diabetes- meaning it was in her genes. It hasn’t always been easy, but living with Type 1 Diabetes has given Sarah the chance to educate people about the disease and the technology that helps treat it!

Using both sides of your brain to communicate STEM, Paula Jasinski

Science, Technology, The Arts

Want to learn about how to combine Science and Communications through storytelling, visualizations, creative design, and clear messaging? If so, join us for this workshop. Helping others understand STEM concepts is the bridge to having others care about those issues. The workshop will present the psychology and effective processes behind effective science communication, including case studies and a short exercise.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Jasinski is the President/founder of Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC), a Richmond, Virginia-based environmental consulting firm. CEC specializes in communication and strategic support for positive environmental projects within marine and coastal areas. She and her team connect science to decision making through stakeholder engagement, targeted communication and educational products, data analysis and visualization, and more. Paula holds degrees from UVA and W&M.

Curating Spaces and Goods, Rupa Singh

Engineering, The Arts

Designing a space and filling it with the things you want or need to create your vision of the space. Maybe a bedroom. Talk about the space you want, how it feels, looks, what’s in it, all possibilities, not restrictions. Then giving a finite size and having to draw it to a scale (maybe a 1/4″=1′) using math (dimensions) and a ruler to precisely take you vision and see if it works in the space given. Do things fit, what do you need to change, how can you redefine a bedroom?

About the Speaker:

Rupa’s formal education is in Architecture. She worked at Firm for 8+ years before starting my own biz, Love This. Rupa chose to pursue Architecture, even though creativity was not encouraged as a career choice in her family. She sees architecture as a mix of 2 worlds that she enjoyed: being wildly creative, but exercising pinpoint precision to complete her vision. Since staring her own business, Love This, Rupa uses the design principles she practiced in Architecture to curate her shop

Audio Recording and Production, Carol Olson

The Arts, Technology:

Learn how to record radio spots, engineer sound quality, mix down and get ready for broadcast! Participants will have a mini course on audio production. They will identify their topic, script out their content and record 1-2 minute modules or record a longer segment as a group. They will get to see how sound recordings are mixed down and readied for broadcast. They will get to have their spots broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM!

About the speaker:

As the President at Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM, Carol maintains the mission to produce independent community focused radio. She produces and hosts radio shows: The V Word, Richmond Recovers Radio, Women and Politics, and Executive Produce – Inspire Indeed. She has worked in advocacy and activism for over 15 years. Carol is the Secretary and Editor-in-Chief at The Pixel Project. She also contributes to other anti-violence and peacemaking blogs as well as an art therapy blog.

Becoming Technical: Overcome Intimidation, Doubt, and Fear, Andrea Goulet

Why do so many smart and accomplished people immediately discount their abilities and call themselves “non-technical”? Software isn’t magic. It’s a skill. One that can be learned — if you have the right mindset. You don’t have to go to a fancy school, spend thousands of dollars, or move across the country to have an amazing career in tech. You can become technical no matter where you live and no matter what your interests are. All you need to do is change the way you think.

About the Speaker:

Andrea Goulet is the CEO of Corgibytes, a software development shop dedicated to maintaining and modernizing software applications and has been named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 professionals in software under 35. She’s the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks and hosts a podcastdedicated to changing the way we think about legacy code. You may recognize her from prominent industry publications such as the First Round ReviewHanselminutesSoftware Engineering Daily, and Developer Tea. Andrea is a sought after keynote speaker is currently working on her first book: Becoming Technical: Build an Amazing Career in Tech Starting at Square Zero. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys blogging about the intersection of social science and software. She loves watching her kids explore the world and is a sucker for a good physics documentary. You can recognize her by the JavaScript tattoo on her wrist.

Amazon Alexa Workshop, Tech Em

Technology:
Build your first Alexa skill in our workshop that will explore how Amazon’s Alexa relates to emerging tech topics like Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud, and voice user interface (VUI) design. There will be a short hands-on training session and then you’ll really get your hands dirty building/coding your very own skill!  Our volunteers will offer individualized attention to make sure we get you up and running. Laptops will be provided, so the only thing you need to bring to this workshop is you! This workshop is two-parts, beginning in session 4 and ending in session 5. Students will have ample time for breaks.
About the Speaker:

Tech Em Studios is an after-school and homeschool technology program started in 2013 that offers classes, camps and training focused on applied computer science and computer-aided design. With courses in coding, 3D printing, software design and device building, Tech Em’s instructors teach students at all levels the critical STEM-related skills required in the 21st century. By emphasizing art in technology (STEAM), Tech Em helps students understand the exciting and evolving relationship of technology and art. Furthermore, Tech Em offers practical classes and training for adults and the entire family to ensure everyone can efficiently leverage the current device-laden environment.