Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Girls Can Do Math Too!

For the first time in history, a woman has won the prestigious Fields Medal!  It was announced yesterday that Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor from Stanford University, has earned the 2014 International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics. Her research is absolutely fascinating and I encourage you to learn more about her work.  For details about Maryam and her proofs, please check out the following Stanford Report.

Ever heard of Danica McKellar?  No?  How about Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years?  Now you can place her!  Danica happens to be an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education.  She has written a book targeting young female mathematicians.  Take a look at Math Doesn't Suck for more information.

My final resource is not an article, a book or a famous mathematician.  It happens to be an engineering toy.  Goldie Blox is a construction toy designed for girls.  The picture above is the reason CEO, Debbie Sterling, created this product.  She decided it was time to develop and promote a toy that sparked the interest of young women.  She is committed to increasing the number of women engineers in our world and thinks that Goldie Blox can help with this incredibly important endeavor.

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