Ravens vs. Patriots Halftime Entertainment: Ravens Cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers!

Hey football fans, check out your Science Cheerleaders during the playoffs!  My name is Megan and I'm a former Washington Redskins Cheerleader (HAIL!) as well as a Computer Engineer.  I'm…

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Meet Kim: Procheerleader-turned-I.T. specialist

Meet Kim, another of our fascinating pro cheerleader-turned-scientists, here shake up stereotypes and inspire young women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Kim is an I.T. specialist who can trouble-shoot tech problems and design new applications with the best of ’em.
Come meet Kim in Washington, D.C. at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 10/23-10/24, where the Science Cheerleaders will perform science-themed routines and talk to festival-goers about…careers in science and engineering of course! Check it out!
Hey Kim! Please tell me when/how you first became interested in computers.
Kim: One of my cousins was pursuing  a career in IT, and I thought my cousin was so cool. So, in high school I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a class in computer programming to be more like him! I realized that programming was fun and I was good at it!
S.C.: What degree have you earned?
Kim: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction, which is the study of how to design technology in a way that best suits the users.
S.C.: What is your work title? (What do you do?)
Kim: IT Application Analyst. I have spent the last five years developing mainframe software with a language called Cobol. Part of my job is to also maintain and enhance existing applications. Also, sometimes I am on call, which requires 24/7 support for any application that may fail. We have to analyze the failure and figure out how to get it processing again.
S.C.: Very cool! So, w
hich team did you cheer for and when?
Kim: I cheered for the Iowa Energy, which is the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns development team, 2007-2008 season. I also cheered for Iowa Barnstormers arena football team in 2008 and 2009. (more…)

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Meet Erica: 49ers cheerleader and a software engineer

In our continuing effort to playfully challenge stereotypes--and inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and health--I, Dr. John, would like to introduce you to Erica,…

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