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October Recap
October was a busy month for Jewels Academy! We had Y.E.S. Day at the University of Iowa on 10/5, Siblings STEM Day on 10/12 and participated as an exhibitor at the DMACC STEM Festival with the SC STEM Hub.  There were over 700 attendees.

We interviewed Dr. Susan A. Wood, president and CEO of Vida, an artificial intelligence company focused on transforming lung care. Lastly, we have a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which was September 15 - October 15.
Fall Y.E.S. Day
For the first Y.E.S. Day of the fall, 19 students, two parents, and two instructors visited the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. The data analytics and women in leadership programs were the highlights of the day. The students were able to talk with the department leaders, learning more about data analytics and what makes a great leader.
Fall Siblings STEM Day
The second Y.E.S. event of October was Siblings STEM Day in Des Moines. This was our last hosted STEM program for the year. They participated in multiple workshops and had the option to help program a car in Arduino and formulate personal care products through using chemistry.
Interview with Dr. Susan A. Wood, CEO of Vida
For young women looking into STEM careers, Dr. Wood stressed the importance of following your heart in deciding which specific field to pursue. She also stressed the importance of finding a mentor in the field you are pursuing. She is an advocate of using LinkedIn for this purpose, as it is a professional social networking tool.

One of the issues Dr. Wood has encountered in her field is the lack of capital funding available to women (only 3% of venture capital goes to women). To overcome this challenge, she has become much more vocal about the issues facing women in STEM to increase awareness of the problem.

Lastly, Dr. Wood stressed the importance of knowing not just the technical skills, but how technology can be applied across a broader economy and communicate the application. She says that this will be a critical skill in the future.
Three Inspiring Latinas in STEM Careers
September 15-October 15 was Hispanic Heritage Month across the world. It is vital for children to have role models that look like them in fields that they want to pursue. Here is a great two-minute video from PBS’ Brief but Spectacular documentaries on this topic. Sadly, Latinas are a highly underrepresented demographic in the STEM field. Here are three examples of Latina role models working in STEM!


Dr. Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
  Sabrina is a 26-year-old first generation Cuban American from Chicago, Illinois. At 16, she built and flew her own plane in Illinois. She went to college at M.I.T. and was the first female to graduate at the top of her class in over twenty years. She then went to Harvard to obtain her doctorate in physics, in which she completed in 2019. She helped with the Let Girls Learn initiative in 2016 and is actively involved in promoting STEM careers to young women. 
 
Dr. Ellen Ochoa  
  Ellen was the first Hispanic astronaut to visit space in 1993 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. She played an instrumental role in building the International Space Station in the 1990’s. Over her career, she has spent almost 1,000 hours in space. In her most recent role, she was the Director of the Kennedy Space Center, serving from 2013-2018. Ellen applied to be an astronaut three times, only being accepted on her third attempt. Her determination can be seen through this and other efforts in her career.

Laura I. Gomez
    Laura was an undocumented student who graduated from University of California – Berkeley. She led efforts at Twitter to build out the international version of the social media platform and worked at several other companies including YouTube. She started her company Atipica in 2015, which uses artificial intelligence to build diverse teams. She is also a Diversity Council Member for Code.org.
Please keep an eye out for our end of year campaign and the 2020 programming calendar!
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