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NASA’s Next Generation Engineer and How STEM Gave Her A Career


Raising Nerd’s Women In Science

Leah Tinberg
Mechanical Engineer I
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory


“I feel indebted to each and every woman who came before me in this field, and hope that my presence in it can help ease the way for the young women who come after me. It’s a group effort!”



What advice would you give to girls interested in pursuing your specific field?

The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to actively feed your curiosity. If there is anything at all that interests you about science, engineering, or the applications of … READ MORE

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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

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

Women In Science

Women In Science: The STEAM Teacher & Curious Mind

STEAM Teacher

Raising Nerd’s Women In Science


Meet Anna Painter, STEAM Teacher and Curious Mind

Steam TeacherAt Raising Nerd, we recognize that we are raising children for jobs that do not yet exist. Being a STEAM teacher today is the perfect example of that. Tell us how you became a STEAM teacher.

In some ways, the answer is by accident; in other ways, I’ve been waiting my whole life for this job! I was always interested in math and science from a very early age. My mother (a kindergarten teacher with a biology degree) had a saying, “It’s better than magic. It’s … READ MORE