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Is pink the new color of STEM?

The Tech’s VP of Education and Director of Learning feature in the great pink debate at Maker Faire
Press Release Date 
Thursday, 15 May, 2014
SAN JOSE, CA – What’s in a color? Can we leverage the color pink in toys to inspire girls to become the innovators of tomorrow? Or does that just continue to perpetuate gender stereotypes for girls in STEM fields? Put on your favorite hacker hat and join The Tech Museum of Innovation for a thought-provoking panel discussion – The Power and Perils of Pink – at this year’s Maker Faire.  
 
Elisabeth Sylvan, Vice President of Education, and Bridget Rigby, Director of Learning, join community partners Sunday, May 18, to share and debate the challenges and triumphs of engaging girls in science and technology.   
 
Hear insights into the debate on how we can encourage more girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and math and the powerful contributions they can make to the world by trying new things and embracing failure. Fellow panelists include Judy Ho, Bay Area Director of Technovation; Sam King, Program Manager of TechGYRLS; and Stephanie Chang, Director of Youth Engagement for Maker Ed.
 
Maker Faire, May 17-18 at the San Mateo Event Center, is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, educators, engineers, tinkerers, authors, artists, students, and exhibitors of all ages. “Makers” from all over come together to show what they have made and to share what they have learned in a unique setting that is part science fair, part county fair, and part something completely new and different.
                               
WHO: The Tech’s Elisabeth Sylvan, VP of Education, and Bridget Rigby, Director of Learning
 
WHAT: A panel with community partners who will debate what works and doesn’t work in engaging girls in STEM
 
WHEN: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014
 
WHERE: Maker Ed Café at Maker Faire, San Mateo Event Center
 
Contact
Michelle Tran
Public Relations Specialist
1-408-795-6321
mtran@thetech.org
 
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned program to honor technology benefiting humanity, The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.