Linda Kekelis
Linda Kekelis
Consultant, Advisor for STEM Next Opportunity Fund, Founder of Techbridge Girls, Linda Kekelis Consulting
Oakland, CA
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    Posted Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Shelley--thanks for sharing. I really like the idea of writing about a conference. How often do we attend a conference and get excited while listening to speakers and hearing new ideas, but return to home, jump into work, and forget about the conference? I know that happens to me. After my last conference I made a promise to myself that going forward I will write a blog about my reflections from ...
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    Posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:29 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Jackie, thanks for sharing this personal story about your journey in engineering and your mentoring experiences. It is clear from your blog that you helped change the mindset of the girls you mentored. I loved hearing how the girls became more comfortable with challenges. Imagine if every girl had someone to challenge and support her! We could have so many more young women going into engineering ...
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    Posted Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:49 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Geek, nerd. What do these terms mean and what are their impact? It’s complicated. It depends on who is using them and how they’re being used. In my research at Techbridge Girls, I heard girls use these terms to describe people they imagined working in engineering and technology. Along with the terms, girls described engineers and tech workers in these ways--super stressed, working alone inside ...
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    Posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    I love the idea of Novel Engineering--using literature to connect with engineering and inviting students to use the engineering design process to address challenges faced by characters. I would love to hear about books that could readily fit into Novel Engineering.
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    Posted Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:55 AM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    TC--thanks for sharing your personal account of your work as a Technical Wash Specialist. I never knew of such a position. Your honest account of what you didn't know at the beginning and how challenging that was is a gift to readers of your blog. Getting comfortable with not knowing and not being afraid to admit it and asking for help are important lessons for us all--for kids in middle ...
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    Posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 2:51 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    I loved hearing about the meet up between Sneha Tharayil and Jennifer Love at the recent ASEE meeting. I wanted to share a few ideas that their meeting sparked for me. 1) Make the most of a conference. While there’s always a lot to learn from presentations and workshops, there are valuable opportunities awaiting us if we just make the effort to reach out and ask for guidance or express ...
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    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Maribeth—thanks for sharing on this Workshop on Educator Capacity Building in PreK-12 Engineering Education. I was pleased to see that diversity and professional development were key elements of the agenda. Planning from the start on how to bring engineering to groups who may have limited access is key to committing to diversity. While it may seem to be challenging to introduce engineering ...
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    Posted Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:52 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    Greg – it’s great to see the National Academy of Engineering involving K-12 teachers in this important work. If we want to bring engineering to K-12 students, who better to involve in planning and implementing policy to help get it right? Donna Migdol brings expertise as a teacher and professional developer—and can often expertise on the perspectives of students and teachers. I also ...
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    Posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    It’s not enough to just like engineering. For kids to imagine a future in engineering they need help to connect the dots between fun activities and careers. Role models like Amy and her team do just that! What I found especially exciting about Amy’s outreach is how it inspired kids in third grade. Learning about what engineering can do and who does engineering at such a young age can help reduce ...
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    Posted Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM
    Comment by Linda Kekelis
    This blog offers the perfect combination of knowledge about women’s engagement in engineering and a hands-on activity to celebrate Women’s History Month. I especially like the activity that Beth highlights in her blog—Engineering Ethics, the design challenge from Teach Engineering. Every product and service impacts groups differently and students can begin to understand this concept and the ...
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