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Lowe’s Grant for Crittenden MakerSpace

May 12, 2016

The MakerSpace I am helping create for my kid’s soon-to-be middle school — Crittenden — just got a nice $5,000 boost from Lowe’s. Thanks Lowe’s Home Improvement … this grant is going to inspire young minds to do amazing things with robotics, electronics, wood-working, metal-working, sewing, paper crafts and art.

Meaningful Milestone

October 29, 2015

Last night, Walkstarter, the school walkathon fundraising platform I created, achieved a meaningful milestone — $250,000 in aggregate funding for schools. This is so awesome. It’s also very exciting that more and more schools across the U.S. are requesting to use this platform. I have never really written much about the platform and this seems Read More

Career Girls

November 2, 2014

A friend shared this delightful site recently: http://www.careergirls.org/ If you have a daughter and want to help her see that she can be anything that she dreams of being, check out this site with her. You can see videos of women in many different jobs ( astronaut – check, physicist – check, executive – check … and Read More

CoderDojo “Interactive Web” Session 5

May 21, 2014

After a whirlwind five weeks, last night was the last session of the CoderDojo “Interactive Web” series of classes. The sustained effort of developing the content for each class was exhausting, but it was all worth it; seeing the ~60 boys and girls see their browsers come alive with their own code was a joy Read More

Code For India Hackathon

May 16, 2014

For the third time, my daughter and I teamed-up for a Hackathon. This time it was at Google for the “Code For India” Hackathon. The goal of the Hackathon was to create solutions to solve challenges related to problems in India. We picked the challenge related to advancing financial literacy for kids through gamification. Our Read More

CoderDojo “Interactive Web” Session 1

April 23, 2014

Yesterday was the first session of a new series I am teaching. Organized by CoderDojo, the session was geared towards kids who have prior HTML experience. Through the series, I am going to introduce kids to interactive web development and Cloud services. We had the session at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus and had a full-house. Read More