Spark of Science: France A. Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation of the United States #WomenInSTEM
Nautilus has a series called Spark of Science that shares stories of how people came to work in science related fields. The latest story is from France A. Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation.
France A. Cordova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her high school physics class because she was a woman.
“I think they resented that we were taking the space of boys in the classroom,” she said of the Catholic nuns who ran the school. “In compensation, an equal number of boys were allowed to take the art class.”
When she got to Stanford, the expectations were that she study humanities, and she obliged by earning a degree in English. But, driven by a fascination she’d had since early childhood, and by the excitement of the burgeoning space program, she wound her way back to science, to a Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Techology, and to the beginnings of a stellar career.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.