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IGNITING Women’s Passion FOR CAREERS IN STEM

BY CHERYL PLATZ

STEM Professional Women

Sixty high school girls sit in a classroom, eating pizza, as educator Cathi Rodgveller addresses the crowd. “How many of you girls know a woman in a science or technology career?”

Chichi: Igniting Girls For Science And Technology

Chinyelu Okafor was the Nigerian representative to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), funded by the US Department of State in 2009. Currently the MD/CEO of Hanniel Synergy, a flourishing public relations outfit, and the Publisher of Image Concept, she decided to go a step further to impact Nigerians with IGNITE, an acronym for Inspire Girls Now in Technology and Engineering. She spoke with EBERE AMEH.

Sammamish High School, 1.23.13

IGNITE Presentation

23 January 2013

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Teaching Kids Programming Franklin High School at Microsoft 12/13/2012

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On December 13, IGNITE girls from Franklin High School traveled to Microsoft for a Teaching Kids Programming (TKP) event. Franklin students have turned out in large numbers to IGNITE events, and we were excited for the girls to learn programming and meet more amazing Microsoft women. Steph Burg and Cathy Sullivan were our leaders for the day. Both are incredibly smart women and very good with the students. Steph is a Software Development Engineer on Microsoft Word, has led many TKP events and is an inspiration for many girls.

Blink Field Trip Franklin High School 12/6/2012

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On December 6, girls from Franklin High School had the opportunity to travel downtown to the offices of Blink, a woman-founded and woman-owned technology company here in Seattle! Blink is a company that specializes in user experience research and design, helping clients such as Starbucks, Seattle Public Libraries, X-box, Domino’s Pizza (and much more!) make sure their customers have an easy and enjoyable interaction with the company or product. What a fabulous experience for Franklin girls!

Presentation at Ballard High School 12/4/2012

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Lego Robotics South Shore School at Microsoft 11/29/2012

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On November 29, girls from South Shore School came together to gain hands-on experience building their own Lego robots! The event was put on jointly between IGNITE and Technically Learning, and Microsoft, and was so much fun for everyone! We brought together 35 girls in grades 7 and 8 for this event.

IGNITE Presentation at Sealth High School, November 14th, 2012

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On Wednesday, IGNITE girls from Sealth High School heard from a panel of amazing women at their first IGNITE event of 2012! The Presentation was hosted by DeAira Handugan, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Sealth. DeAira is a rock star IGNITE teacher. She made sure we had a great turnout at the event, so as many girls as possible could ask questions of the volunteers. We are beyond fortunate to have her as an IGNITE Teacher, advocating for the program and for her many lucky students!

GLITTER at Seattle Central Community College, October 26th, 2012

Another great year for GLITTER! An amazing and inspiring event!

On October 26, IGNITE girls from eight schools came out for the GLITTER conference, a collaboration between IGNITE and Seattle Central Community College, where the event was held. We had a great turnout and an exciting event, which would not have been possible without the efforts and dedication of the conference planners and volunteers.

IGNITE Presentation at Franklin High School, November 8th, 2012

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Last Thursday was the first Presentation of the year for IGNITE! Girls in grades 9- 12 at Franklin High School came together to hear from women in science, technology, engineering and math. The event was graciously hosted by Julie O’Brien, a math teacher at Franklin and a fabulous IGNITE teacher who worked tirelessly to bring girls to the event, coordinate with other teachers, get field trip forms ready and so much more. Thank you Julie! We are so lucky to have you.

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