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024 The Power of STEM Moms (and their Kids)

STEM Southwest Podcast

Release Date: 05/12/2019

076 Bridging the Digital Divide for Tribes, with Catherine Nicolaou show art 076 Bridging the Digital Divide for Tribes, with Catherine Nicolaou

STEM Southwest Podcast

Today's guest is working to ensure that the gap in the digital divide for Indian tribes is closing!  Catherine Nicolaou and Sacred Wind Communications are leveraging all of the resources that they can reach and then some as they try to solve this daunting issue.  Hear from her today about how organizations are partnering to make a difference and bridge the gap and what we can all do to make a difference!  Nicolaou is an expert in state regulatory and marketing, a member of the New Mexico Technology Council, and a registered lobbyist. Show Notes Catherine Nicolaou is the...

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075 STEM Education Disrupted, with Dr. Rebecca Woodbury (Keller) show art 075 STEM Education Disrupted, with Dr. Rebecca Woodbury (Keller)

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Today's guest, Dr. Rebecca Woodbury (Keller), is a scientist, chemist, educator, cyclist, and curriculum expert!  In this episode, she and Shelly have a great discussion on how to disrupt education and what needs to be done to provide a greater STEM experience for students.  Join them and consider what you can do to take action and help to infuse education with a love of learning! Show Notes For over 20 years. Dr. Rebecca Woodbury (Keller) has been exploring the ways students learn.  Starting out as a research scientist in the field of biophysical chemistry, she left...

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074 Mastering Space Logistics, with Jonathan Firth show art 074 Mastering Space Logistics, with Jonathan Firth

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Please join us today as we have an interesting discussion with a repeat guest, Jonathan Firth, who is Chief Operating Officer at D-Orbit, an international New Space company with solutions covering the entire lifecycle of a space mission.  We first met Jonathan as the organizer of the Las Cruces Space Festival and met him again at a robotics competition while he was in the U.S. working with Virgin Galactic.  He was a long-standing member of the senior executive team that started up Virgin Galactic and we are blessed to call him a friend who has done a lot to support the STEM...

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073 Sparks Fly with Utility Merger and Zozobra, with Ray Sandoval show art 073 Sparks Fly with Utility Merger and Zozobra, with Ray Sandoval

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Join Shelly and her guest today, Ray Sandoval, Director of Corporate Communications and brand management at PNM Resources, talk about key issues including sustainability and environmental leadership.  Ray also shares his love of Old Man Gloom, Zozobra, and explains the technology involved in lighting a fire to burn away troubles! Show Notes Ray Sandoval is the Director of Corporate Communications and brand management at PNM Resources.  In this role, Ray directs the internal and external corporate communications strategy while leading key initiatives to benefit PNM customers and...

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072 Virgin, Space, and Elon Musk, with Jill Meyers show art 072 Virgin, Space, and Elon Musk, with Jill Meyers

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Today's guest is no stranger to the STEM Southwest podcast.  Jill Meyers was a previous guest on Episode 66, and we brought her back today to share her experience as a VIP at the Virgin Galactic launch from Spaceport America.  Jill recounts her thoughts as she watched firsthand the history of making spaceflight and her close brush with Elon Musk. Show Notes Jill Meyers has been in aviation her entire life since earning her private pilot's license at age 17.  She is an Aerospace Engineer, Air Force veteran, STEM advocate and mentor, professional speaker, and owner of Meyers...

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071 Fictional Futurists, with Andrew Proctor show art 071 Fictional Futurists, with Andrew Proctor

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This week’s guest is young and wise with thoughtful answers to questions we are all asking.  Join us as this STEM Rockstar shares his passion for leveling the playing field and building a place where kids can create and learn.  STEM Southwest interviews Andrew Proctor and reveals the power of youth. In addition, Bob and Shelly share their plans for attending the launch of Sir Richard Branson into space as Astronaut 001 launching from southern New Mexico's Spaceport America!  Join them on Facebook live or in person at the launch on July 11 at 7am! Show Notes   ...

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070 Growing Our Commitment to STEM, with Bob and Shelly show art 070 Growing Our Commitment to STEM, with Bob and Shelly

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In this episode, hosts Bob and Shelly dig deep and share their personal commitment to connecting the STEM dots.  Listeners will get behind the scenes commentary on life, profession, and as always, all things STEM.  Join our rockstar hosts as they recommit to you, their listeners! Show Notes     Be Greater Than Average Be Greater Than Average Be Greater Than Average Be Greater Than Average (Partnership between Be Greater Than Average and Electric Playhouse)   Contact: (505) 715-7732  

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069 The World of Drone Racing, with Shaun and Teng Ma Taylor show art 069 The World of Drone Racing, with Shaun and Teng Ma Taylor

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Shaun Taylor, aka Nytfury FPV, and his wife, Teng Ma, aka JuneBug FPV, are professional drone pilots that have accepted awards on both world and national podiums.  Shaun is a world champion, 2xnational champion and 2xXDC champion along with numerous other awards. Teng has earned the title as fastest female and is a member of the USA women's FPV team.  Recently, Shaun used his drone to help rescue a dog that was wedged in a crevice in the Sandia Mountain Foothills.  Their love of drone racing is only second to their love for one...

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068 The Future of Women in STEM, a New Mexico Technology Council panel discussion show art 068 The Future of Women in STEM, a New Mexico Technology Council panel discussion

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Join Shelly as she leads a panel discussion of Women in STEM on the important topic of getting our girls more involved in tech.  Hear the perspectives of this diverse panel during a session at Experience IT, an event sponsored by the New Mexico Technology Council, as these panelists cover important thoughts, experiences, and focus on understanding the power of mentoring for young women in technology.  From STEM educators to professionals, these ladies have a lively and important discussion about their own experiences, and how to make the workplace more welcoming for women.  In...

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067 Robots Taking Over the World, with Chris Ziomek show art 067 Robots Taking Over the World, with Chris Ziomek

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Robots are revolutionizing every industry and today’s guest shares how his company is ensuring co-bots are keeping people safe while completing important tasks.  Chris Ziomek and the team at Build With Robots are making a difference and leveraging the support of the community to make great things happen! Show Notes Chris Ziomek is a tech entrepreneur who has over 30 years of experience in high-tech industries.  Chris presently leads Build With Robots, an automation business developing the next generation of robotic tools.  Chris also serves as an adviser and investor in many...

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This special episode of STEM Southwest is hosted by Shelly along with daughters Makenzie and Bethany.  Today we celebrate the power of STEM Moms!

 

Show Notes

Ulrika Peroni, Professional Water Skier and mom coach of ‘Da Swedish Fish,' a team that competes in VEX robotics VRC competition.  Da Swedish Fish took robotics on the road that has led to an adventure across the country participating in robotics while traveling in a motorhome.  They turned to the robotics community for help when she had an accident while traveling that has become a real blessing to their family.  Ulrika shares how their journey has helped them to form new friendships, deepen sibling ties, and make a difference in the lives of kids she knows that were challenged.

 

 

Gwen Valentino, Massage Therapist and mom coach of the First Lego League H.O.T. Squad.   They will also participate this summer in the Apollo Competition.  “Forced” by her daughter to start a team over a trophy, this mom’s story is inspiring. Learning that competition is both offensive and defensive and has helped to grow their character and strengthen their resolve.  She shares her belief that robotics competitions are reflective of the real world and opportunities to seek out powerful mentor relationships.  Gwen’s favorite outcome of competitive robotics is how her child has come out of her shell and is no longer afraid to communicate with others and mentor other teams.

 

 

Kim Edgar is a Molecular Biologist and owner of Science From the Very Beginning.  This STEM Mom who confesses about being “spatially challenged” helped to start a BEST Robotics team, R4Robotics, in hopes that it would capture her son’s interest in building.  In the end. Dustin found a different kind of passion through his involvement, and his sister, Abbey, would eventually pursue a career as a technical writer for Raytheon.  Kim shares their story and how BEST robotics was a vehicle to launch her kids into their life careers and impact their professional lives.