Women in STEM

Each day, women are making strides across fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Historically, these Women in STEM have gone unrecognized, preventing young women from having access to role models who look like them. To change that, we have to start creating that representation. https://youtu.be/DqHO97LkVHU

Young women should be able to see someone who looks like them succeeding in the professional world. This creates STEM identity, which is the power of representation and sense of belonging creating purpose and sense of worth in associated fields.  This can benefit future generations as more people feel comfortable to explore their interests.  The Women in STEM project aims to demonstrate that there is no one “face of STEM”, it is ambiguous.

Women In STEM – Technology

Technology, the second section of STEM, is home to a wide variety of careers  This category is one that is expanding rapidly each day, as advancements are facilitated by communication.  Continuing with the Women in STEM project, impressive careers of six women were examined.  The Women in STEM Technology section consists of architects, leaders in information technology, and aerospace technology.  The highlights of these women demonstrate the incredible range technology covers in the professional world.  The work done by Morgan, Lin, Wojcicki, Rometty, and Drs. Arney and Horton showcase the potential magnitude of success of Women in Technology, and Women in STEM.  To learn more about our six Women in Science, read their individual summaries below, follow us at @WSKGScience on Instagram or on Twitter @NancyCoddington @JulD22 for more inspiring #WomenInSTEM. Julia Morgan
Julia Morgan was an architect who took a unique path to her eventual career.  She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering because the University of California in which she enrolled did not have an architectural program.  She then attended a prestigious architecture program in France where she was awarded a certificate in architecture.  With this, Morgan returned to the United States and became the first woman to earn an architecture license in California.  She later contributed to the “University of California Master Plan”, designing buildings for the Berkley campus.  Another architectural achievement of Julia Morgan’s was the design of Hearst Castle in California, demonstrating the capabilities of her talent in design. Maya Lin
Maya Lin is an architect known best for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  This design was produced while she was still working toward her bachelor’s degree.  It was created as part of a public design competition.  Lin described her creation as symbolic of the pain caused by war.  This design was controversial; however, Lin persevered and even defended her work in front of the US Congress.  Today, Maya Lin owns her own studio where she continues to design projects.  One such project is titled “What is Missing?” which serves as a memorial for Earth, displaying an incredible amount of information concerning the many species of the planet.   

Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki has been involved in the technology industry for over two decades.  In her past, she contributed to the advertising and commerce at Google while it was developing.  As a Google employee, Wojcicki was also an integral part of the acquisition of YouTube which occurred in 2006.  In 2014 Susan Wojcicki became the CEO of YouTube.  This change for YouTube was followed by many positive changes.  These include the expansion of the user base of the platform, an increase in the number of female employees, and the development and introduction of YouTube Premium.  Aside from her work in business administration, Wojcicki works to promote female interest in computer science in education. 

Virginia Rometty
Virginia Rometty is best known for her past roles as Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM.  Rometty retired from IBM this past December but left quite an impact on the company during her time as a leader.  Some notable contributions to information technology by Rometty include the creation of a multi-billion-dollar hybrid cloud business, significant advancements in AI capabilities, and the establishment and promotion of technology ethics.  While a leader of IBM, Rometty also pushed for diversity, working to establish opportunities for disadvantaged populations.  Today, she serves on the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase and the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council.  

Giada Arney
Dr. Giada Arney is a research space scientist at NASA.  She currently works in the Planetary Systems Lab at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  In her past she worked as a planetarium coordinator at the University of Washington.  Arney’s current research concerns three unique topics.  The first focuses on establishing means of distinguishing types of organic haze on exoplanets, which Arney believes to be a route toward understanding exoplanet atmospheres.  She is also involved with the LUVOIR telescope, having developed components of the scope.  In addition to these subtopics, Dr. Arney is also interested in the impact of photochemical processes on the atmospheric and environmental compositions of exoplanets.   

Renee Horton
Dr. Renee Horton is the Space Launch Systems Quality Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility.  Before achieving this position, Dr. Horton obtained a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics.  This made her the first African American to obtain this degree combination from the University of Alabama.  After graduating in 2011, she began her career at NASA.  Dr. Horton’s background in physics has led her to be involved in many physics-based organizations.  In 2016 she served as the president of the National Society of Black Physicists and she was also honored with the title of fellow in the same organization.  Dr. Horton has also authored children’s books aimed at educating and inspiring creativity.   

Produced by Julia Diana, Science Intern
Nancy Coddington, Director of Science  Content

Distance Learning Strategies for K-2 Teachers

Registration Open: A Week of Virtual PD for K-2 Teachers


You’re invited to a week of free, virtual learning with PBS KIDS. Hear from teachers across the country as they share successes and lessons learned in the transition to distance learning this past spring. Their stories of how they connected with families, used media and tech to encourage creation, and tackled distance learning in the absence of tech will provide inspiration and foundational tips you can use to prepare for an uncertain year – where some kind of distance learning is likely to be a reality. Join us from August 3 – 6 for four days of online learning and fun with a community of teachers like you! Register Now

Your Week at a Glance

Your week of virtual learning will start and end with LIVE, online learning events with other K-2 teachers. The middle of the week will feature daily, asynchronous challenges emailed each morning that you can do on your own time, to continue your learning and build upon distance learning themes and strategies.

Twitter Chat Series: K-12 Digital Citizenship

Join WSKG as our Education Director moderates a series of Twitter chats focused on issues surrounding Digital Citizenship. We’ve invited local guest stars to share their expertise during each chat. Share, learn, and help us to better understand the needs of our K-12 communities in regard to #DigCit! Participants will also have the chance to win prizes throughout each chat. All chats begin at 9pm EST.

PBS KIDS Resources for Computer Science

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9, we’re inviting teachers and parents to discover PBS KIDS resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Check out the PBS KIDS ScratchJr collection on PBS LearningMedia and splash page on PBS KIDS. You’ll find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Connect NY: Screens and Teens

Has smart tech and the social media it drives harmed a generation dependent on these tools to perform most functions?  A new addiction impacting youth socialization, cognitive development and even mental health is chronicled in a new documentary that’s starting the conversation with parents, educators and lawmakers across New York State.  As policymakers look to respond, can we institute moderation and parameters or has the technology taken hold and it’s too late? FEATURED GUESTS

Bonnie Nobiling, Director of IT Services & District Data Coordinator – Oneonta School District
Dr. Delaney Ruston, President – MyDoc Productions and filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY


Michael Robb, Ph.D., Director of Research – Commonsense Media
Bonnie Russell, Immediate Past President – New York State Parent Teacher Association
Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent – BOCES Erie District
Sean Ryan (D), NYS Assemblymember 149th District

Watch this new episode on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00pm on WSKG TV. Join us as we uncover compelling and unexpected stories throughout New York State and the history and systemic forces influencing current realities.

Class of 2018 Introduced At The World Video Game Hall Of Fame

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The fourth class of the Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame includes a game experts say helped launch the multi-billion dollar video game industry, and another that has changed the way people consume sports video games, and the way actual sports games are broadcast.

Developers Want Kinder, Gentler Video Games

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Local game developers are spent the weekend creating video games based on kindness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event, or “game jam” was hosted by iThrive Games, a company who aims to empower and inspire teens through video games. They hold these weekend long brainstorming sessions across the country, based on different elements such as kindness, or empathy. Senior Creative Director for iThrive Games, Heidi McDonald, McDonald says she’s noticed a trend in young developers wanting to make deeper, more compassionate games. “Pew-pew is fun, vroom vroom is fun, but I think we are at a place where both the player base and the developers want something deeper, they want something more.

AmGrad Day 2017 to Feature Local Teacher

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. WSKG will highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions, including the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator from New York State, Elisabeth Bostwick. https://youtu.be/rVjX4P7oJ2o

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

'An Ear for Drama' Project Open to Students

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

District to Host 'Digital Citizenship Summit EDU'

Maine-Endwell School District is sponsoring the Digital Citizenship Summit, a free event open to students, parents, educators and all members of the community. Learn how students can harness the power of digital technology to make the world a better place. The event will feature keynote speaker, Curran Dee. Curran is a fourth grader and the Chief Kid Officer of DigCitKids, and a TEDxYouth speaker. He created DigCitKids to combat the lack of digital access at his school.

New Season of ‘Thomas & Friends’ Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

New Season of 'Thomas & Friends' Begins Today

Get ready, get set, GO! An all-new season of Thomas & Friends begins with an action-packed special. The race is on for Thomas & Friends in this action-packed musical adventure! When the best engines from around the world gather to compete in The Great Railway Show, Thomas is determined to find a way to represent Sodor. But he’s left disappointed as Gordon is chosen and is streamlined into “The Shooting Star” for The Great Race.

'School Sleuth' Investigates Tech in the Classroom

Our world is increasingly wired to, and driven by, technology. Our homes, our entertainment, cars, hospitals, marketplaces, even our wallets are now technologically “smart,” but how about our children’s classrooms and their teachers? Do students have access to today’s best software and latest systems? Are teachers and schools keeping up, or are they overwhelmed by the choices? Can technology and traditional teaching methods co-exist in a new blended learning environment?

PBS is looking for America's Most Innovative Educators!

Are you passionate about using technology to create new learning opportunities? Do you enjoy collaborating with other educators to spark student interest in learning? Are you an active sharer of content and ideas through social media? Apply for a chance to become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Who:
Tech-savvy K-12 educators

The Digital Innovators program recognizes educators who incorporate digital media in the classroom to inspire student learning.

Antibiotic Awareness, Bee Blunders, and Barbie Becomes a ‘Chatty Cathy’

At a magnification of 6,836x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts a number of gram-negative “Escherichia coli” bacteria of the strain O157:H7. Image by Janice Haney Carr/Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
Listen to Science Friday November 20th 2-4pm on WSQX. Algorithms aren’t impartial—they often have bias baked in. In this episode, a look at how we can ensure that machines scan our resumes and loan applications with a fair eye. Plus, the hard science in a bottle of hard cider, and the design challenge in improving hard-to-read transit maps.

Get Your Tech On!

We live – and learn – in a high tech world, and as such, education must continually evolve. Hear about some of those new models of 21st century learning from experts in the education field in this video from PBS LearningMedia. The video features Chris Rush from New Classrooms, who discusses the value in integrating games into the educational space. We also hear from Teresa Napoli from School of One, who shares thoughts on personalized instruction for students, who in this day and age learn at different rates and by different methods. Plus, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper from the Institute of Play shares her vision for how to use games and digital media in meaningful and purposeful ways in the classroom.

Code Like a Girl puts more girls in the game

  PBS Newshour Extra

Alexa Cafe and Code Like a Girl teach girls the basics of game design and encourage interest in technology so they can create games and help to diversify the heavily male-dominated gaming industry. Even though many girls love playing video and computer games, the subject matter and design of popular games almost always aim for the interests of a male audience. Part of that lies in who makes the games. Women made up only 11 percent of computer game designers in 2013, and just three percent of programmers. “We’re trying to create that environment to say, hey, you could be the world’s best coder,” said Code Like a Girl instructor Claudia Ortiz.