About me I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. I received my bachelor's of science and computer science degree from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. I had a …
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I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. I received my bachelor's of science and computer science degree from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. I had a music background. I think a lot of musical backgrounds tend to lean toward the math spectrum. There was also a lack of girls in the field.
After I graduated, I did a little battle simulation in Germany. Database work was my big thing. I really enjoy writing curriculum and teaching, and that's how I got into robotics. I have a certification from Carnegie Mellon University in robotics.
We ended up here because we love the weather. My kids have allergies and this was the perfect climate. I have two boys.
STEM Robotics for Everyone
This all started nine years ago. It started at STEM School and Academy High, where I taught. There was a need for robotics in general in the school district. I noticed in the community that there wasn't much emphasis on STEM, especially robotics. It's not focused on male or female — it's both. We teach classes at STEM in the summer, we make artwork, we've made a mechanical arm.
The big thing is, I like to make learning fun because if it's not, kids won't excel — they just don't have a desire to move on.
The whole goal is to try to expand from Douglas County down to Denver or Lakewood or Aurora, more communities that are in need of support. My desire is to reach out to an organization in an underprivileged area or school district that doesn't have the opportunity to learn these skills.
Recognition for our work
It's called the Neighborhood Assist Program by State Farm. It connects individuals and communities to build better education. We won a check, which we will use to buy equipment and expand our knowledge, and expand into surrounding areas.
I just think STEM and robotics are the future. It's everywhere — cars, medicine, surgery, production. There are so many other facets to STEM. It's huge. When I went to school, I was the only female in a class. Now, it's great to see that the interest of girls is becoming bigger in this field. I think it's important because they bring a different angle of design.
I really enjoy skiing with my kids. I think that's the biggest drive for being here.
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