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Importance of Play

How A Lifetime of Learning Through Play Inspired A Disney Imagineer

Learning Through Play


Matt Conover
Disney Imagineer


Being An Imagineer

Back in the early 1950’s, Walt Disney was beginning to crystallize his vision for a theme park – different from the amusement parks he had visited with his kids. A theme park that would bring to life the stories he and his animators had created on film in an immersive, family-friendly environment. He took some of his animators and hired some engineers and coined term “Imagineer” — combining imagination and engineer as he believed these jobs and people had to dream as much as they applied the math and … READ MORE

Women In Science

Astronaut Jeanette Epps Blazes a Trail for Girls-of-Color in STEM

Jeanette Epps


“The most challenging thing for any student is believing in themselves. I was no different.”




In November 2016, 20th Century Fox’s promotion for the premiere of Hidden Figures was well underway. More than 54 years after John Glenn became the first American to safely reach and return from orbiting the Earth, Hidden Figures finally told the amazing, true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the African-American mathematicians who played pivotal roles in that and many more NASA missions that helped the United States win the race to … READ MORE

Women In Science

Career Advice From The One & Only Physics Girl, Dianna Cowern

Physics Girl


“There will be huge advances in medical devices, technology for social change, and software aimed specifically at solving women’s issues. And women will lead these advances!”


Dianna Cowern
Science Superstar

Dianna Cowern is the creator of Physics Girl, a resource for fun physics videos and other science materials. Physics Girl started as Cowern’s post-college personal project, and has grown into a resource for teachers, a source of entertainment for physics nerds, and a way to share a passion for physics while advocating for women in STEM.


Driving tractors on a farm in Hawaii where she grew … READ MORE

Women In Science

How Bucking Advice Can Turn into An Award-Winning Career


To celebrate all the incredible women in science who are trailblazing, helping recruit even more women in science, and becoming role models for girls just beginning their own journeys, we’ve designated January as Raising Nerd’s Women in Science Month.

February 11th is International Women & Girls in Science Day, so please join us in honoring these amazing women by sharing their stories and reminding every girl you know that with the desire, access, and a little persistence, they can do anything!


“The opportunities for girls are the same ones there are for boys,
they will just have to

Nerds In Real Life

This Entrepreneur Learned Code Just To Take On Amazon and The Shark Tank

Shark Tank


“Simply an insatiable desire to explore. Learning is at the very core to entrepreneurship and in this day and age a plethora of resources are available right at your fingertips.”


How do you take on  Amazon or ABC’s Shark Tank?

If you want to succeed, you use Disha Shidham as an example and apply some serious skills, boundless creativity, and a whole lot of boldness!

Two years ago, Disha founded Savy, an online marketplace designed to help business owners convert “window shoppers” into paying customers. Her strategy? Teach herself code and create a unique site that … READ MORE

Women In Science

Women in Science: The Star Gazing Scientist

 Meet Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Scientist

Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer who studies binary stars and the life cycles of stars, and is Deputy Director of Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is a regular contributor on Science Channel’s How the Universe Works and, in her off-hours, Michelle often puts on about 30 lbs of Elizabethan garb and performs intricate Renaissance dances. She also hosts her podcast, Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller, where she takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about life here on … READ MORE