Growing up I was equally interested in biological sciences and technology, dissecting both backyard lizards and living room electronics. However, in my K-12 experience the biological sciences won my favor due to tangibility and excitement. Math and physics classes consisted of routine memorization and regurgitation of formulae, and a few tangible experiments often based on seemingly irrelevant and archaic technology. My biggest drive is to understand how things work. Following my curiosity about human physiology I attained my doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences, but a flicker of wonderment about technology always lingered. Combining my passion for kinesthetic learning and the concept of play, I dreamt up a Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics, a company dedicated to the open source movement and sharing ingenuity. I am inspired to promote a system that encourages both educators and students to engage in the learning experience. By exciting students and creating materials that cross grade levels and fields of study our hope is that a greater and more diverse population of people will be interested in playing, hacking, tinkering, and creating.
Today is Ada Lovelace day! Celebrating the achievements of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering and math! Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women by celebrating amazing women making and doing cool things. If you’re looking for a worldwide Ada Lovelace Day event? Please visit the Finding Ada events page. Be sure to check out all our posts today and from previous years here of amazing women!
Today everything in the Adafruit store is 10% off, just use the code ALD12 on check out, use this code to pick something special person in your life that will spark her imagination for a lifelong career or hobby!
Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.
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Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground” – Adafruit’s Apps!
Maker Business — The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen
Wearables — Lithium Batteries: a soft touch goes a long way
Electronics — Capacitor Polarity Markers
Biohacking — Can Gizmos Cure Insomnia? – The New Yorker
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