For International Day of the Girl 2018, we are proud to present a new short film, Spark Moments.
We believe that “spark moments” are defining steps
in the development of girls as lifelong leaders and innovators.
Watch real-life pioneers in STEM at the beginning of their journey,
when they first felt empowered to explore their interests and pursue their dreams!
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Download our MEDIA KIT with digital assets and sharing info!
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya – Innovation Artist + Neuroscientist
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is a science communicator and innovation artist. Her background in neuroscience grounds her work in the fundamentals of human cognition + emotion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AMANDA’S WORK
Check out Beyond Curie, Amanda’s project that uses visual design to highlight the stories and achievements of extraordinary women in STEM who have changed history. Try the Beyond Curie AR (Augmented Reality) app that is part of the project here. The project strives to bridge the gap between the general public and scientific community by infusing the perception of science with more humanity.
ATOMIC by design is a fashion line and community for curious ladies. Under Amanda’s direction, they produce bold, head-turning shirts, dresses, and accessories centered around the 118 atomic elements that make up our world. Help us create a world that celebrates these young women, helps them connect and take their passion further.
The Leading Strand is a TED Residency-backed multidisciplinary initiative founded by Amanda to bring the disparate worlds of design and science together to deepen our understanding of what's possible.
Watch Amanda’s mainstage TED talk at TEDWomen 2017 on how design can make science accessible.
Make a collage about a woman in STEM that interests you. Share it on our Tumblr with hashtag #mysparkmoment.
Joanne Kamens - Geneticist + Biotech Executive
Joanne Kamens is a geneticist and executive director of AddGene, a non-profit biomedical company that allows scientsts to share DNA-based research.
ACTIVITIES CONNECTED TO JOANNe’S WORK
Eight fun and easy microscope experiments for kids from Microscope Detective.
Conduct a genetics experiment with your family members to learn if fingerprint patterns are inherited.
Collect objects around your house and neighborhood that you think would be interesting to look at under a microscope.
Watch this video from Stated Clearly about what DNA is and how it works.
Take photos of your microscope explorations and genetics experiments. Share on our Tumblr and hashtag #mysparkmoment.
Wangari Maathai – Environmentalist + Activist
Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was a Kenyan environmentalist and activist who founded the Green Belt Movement, planting more than 30 million trees. She is also the first African woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
ACTIVITIES CONNECTED TO WANGARI’S WORK
Read a book about or written by Wangari Maathai.
We Planted A Tree by Diane Muldrow and Bob Staake (early readers)
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot and Aurélia Fronty (early to intermediate readers)
Unbowed by Wangari Maathai (intermediate to advanced readers)
Download the free mobile device app called TreeSnap (iOS and Android) to identify trees in your area.
Watch this video from Plant for the Planet and learn more about its founder, youth activist Felix Finkbeiner, and his mission to plant a trillion trees.
Grab a grown-up and plant a tree or another perennial plant. Take a photo of you with what you planted and share on our Tumblr with hashtag #mysparkmoment.
Grace Hopper – Computer Scientist + Navy Admiral
Grace Hopper (1906-1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and she developed computer languages written in English, rather than mathematical notation — most notably, the common business computing language known as COBOL, which is still in use today.
ACTIVITIES CONNECTED TO GrACE’S WORK
Find your local Girls Who Code club. Can’t find one at your school? Start one of your own!
Watch the video below to hear Grace Hopper explain the concept of a nanosecond (one billionth of a second).
Listen to the SoundCloud link below of former White House Chief of Technology Megan Smith discussing Grace Hopper, her personal STEM hero.
Check Secret Coders, a young adult graphic novels series by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes.
Watch the video below to hear Math Bites host Danica McKellar explain binary numbers.
Post a link to a favorite project you have done involving coding to our Tumblr with hashtag #mysparkmoment.
Sylvia Acevedo - Rocket Scientist + CEO of Girl Scouts
Sylvia Acevedo is a rocket scientist, a technology leader, and the CEO of the Girl Scouts of USA. Sylvia found her passion for science and engineering as a Girl Scout herself. She worked as a rocket scientist at NASA, as an engineer at IBM, and was Under Sylvia’s leadership, the Girl Scouts released 30 new badges focused on STEM, including awards for programming robots and cybersecurity mastery.
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Read Sylvia’s new book, Path to the Stars, to learn more about her journey from Girl Scouts to a career in STEM.
On a clear night, go stargazing with a friend and and adult. Use one of the many handy stargazing apps available for iOS and Android. We love Star Walk 2.
Take a photo of your Girl Scout troop and post to our Tumblr with hashtag #mysparkmoment
"Bright" is a new digital single by artist and songwriter, Lisa McGuire. Co-produced by Jimmy Stofer, recorded at Egg Music and Grey Ghost Music, mastered by Ryan Gilligan, and cover art by Mindi Price.
The song was written as an anthem for Spark and is about a moment of finding the light and realizing that it’s you.