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Gone are the days…….. where certain careers can be deemed for men only. Girls are feeling more empowered now than ever, and are reaching for the stars (literally!). Girls are being encouraged to aim for the higher degrees, and not allowing any degree to be for “boys only!”. On my recent trip to San Francisco, I had the most amazing opportunity to sit with the crew from Disney’s Miles of Tomorrowland while visiting the Google Headquarters!
Myself, along with 24 other bloggers had the chance to sit down with Dr.Yvonne Cagle (Astronaut), Angela Navarro ( Software Engineer), Isis Wenger ( Computer Science Engineer), Sascha Paladino (Producer/Creator of Miles of Tomorrowland) and Diane Ikemiyashiro (Director) and discuss computer science and how it relates to entertainment. Miles of Tomorrowland on Disney Junior is a great way to introduce young children to computer science, coding, space travel, and technology!
The Callisto Family, including young Miles adventure through outer space taking children along for the ride! Loretta Callisto, the older sister is one great coding genius! This Friday, join in with Miles and Loretta to watch her use her coding skills to discover a hidden planet in ” The Discovery Expedition“.
It is soooo exciting to watch Loretta take the lead! While Miles of Tomorrowland appeals to both boys and girls, it is fantastic for little girls to see Loretta breaking down social norms. Did you know only 18% of Computer Science Engineers are women……..why? Because social perception. It was great listening to Isis Wenger talk about her #ILookLikeanEngineer campaign, and how much it has affected young girls!
— Home Grown Families (@MomToSprouts) October 2, 2015
After Isis Wenger, we had the chance to meet with a REAL live astronaut! I was starstruck! Dr.Yvonne Cagle talked fondly of her love for the big blue sky and all it encompasses. She just wishes to………..
“Share her view from space”
It seemed to be the going trend among these powerhouse women, that having adult encouragement was key to their success. Dr.Cagle mentioned “mentoring children up”, and that makes a fantastic point. There is soooo much truth in positive thinking, and encouraging our little girls to become whatever they want to be….including a computer science engineer or astronaut even if men dominate the field. Being exposed to it as a young child, tears down social perception and begins to reshape computer science degrees into normal. I am sooo proud to have 2 little girls that have the chance to grow up and be whatever they want to be!
Be sure to tune in this Friday with your daughter to watch Loretta find a new planet with her coding skills on Miles of Tomorrowland! And remember……..MENTOR THEM UP!!