Inspiring the next generation of female How I Faked being Smart and Got a TEDx 1 day ago   17:09

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Close your eyes and picture and engineer. You probably weren't envisioning Debbie Sterling. Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.

GoldieBlox is a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of ""Mr. Magoo."" Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes.

Prior to founding GoldieBlox, Debbie served as the Marketing Director of Lori Bonn, a national jewelry company. For the past 7 years, she has also served as a brand strategy consultant for a wide variety of organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Organic Valley and the New York Knicks.

Debbie's inspiration to create a mission-driven company came in 2008, when she spent 6 months volunteering at a grassroots nonprofit in rural India. She created a viral fundraising campaign called ""I Want a Goat,"" raising over $30,000 for economic and educational development in the region. This experience helped pave the way to finding her true passion: inspiring the next generation of female engineers.

Debbie completed her degree in engineering at Stanford (Product Design, '05) and currently lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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I really want to have a job in stem when I'm older . I'm a girl ,14 doing my GCSEs next year but I don't know what I want to do as a career but I love maths and science and coding and ICT but I don't know what jobs their are for stuff like that like I don't understand what an engineer is or does
afeera adil
A study shows that women have sharper mental skills than men. But the main problem is perspective... What perspective?!!!
The perspective that says: girls have to be really hot beautiful curvy fashionable and what a pity women round the world spend their lives improving how they can fit better in the image they have created about their beauty and honestly no one ever did fit in that. There were always deficiencies and so they had to do more and more changes in them. About 89% of the girls round the world waste their amazing mental skills choosing the right makeup and clothes, making their lives 100% useless. That's about picturizing and I don't believe that girls have to picturize themselves this way. Girls should not just think how to look pretty and for that do a lot of makeup and get a boyfriend... Blah blah... There are much more calming and creative things they miss while doing so. They miss the better use of their brains. And that's miserable.
Amina Sadaf
Well, I'm a mechanical engineer and a girl.. yes we exist!
Franklin Obaco
Wanted to ask if there is a version in Spanish for Latinamerica.. Thank you
Franklin Obaco
Dear Debbie, thank you for empowering our future women engineers around world!.. I'am sure your example will inspire hundreds...
Alyssa Mila Marie F. Añoso
Here in the Philippines, we have these pink legos. Haha. That is what I used to play with.
Fentezia Ibrahim
Wow am studying mechanical engineering and this is motivational so much as a female
i got chills throughout the video. I'm so happy to be able to come into the field with women and as an inspiring aerospace engineer, this really gives me hope :)
Joseph Ang
Housewives are more valuable and does the most important job ever, which is rising children.
No boss on you telling what to do. Free time for hobbies and business when kids are at school and husband is working. Time to make healthy meals, talk with friends and be relaxed.
meron kaya nito sa toy kingdom hahaha
Hannah Edia
Wow, this talk inspired me. Way to go Debbie. Thank you.
Hiba sky
I grow up differently than other girls, I did everything as boys, and I do it now 2
I'm tomboy girl😅
Antonia Sanhueza
I've always wanted to become an engineer, but i dont understand why would someone have the temptation to quit something they are interested in because of the lack of people of their same gender in their field of interest lol
Cazi Grey
My friend is a Civil Engineer. She applied for a position and is very well fitted for the job. She has all the needed experiences. But she didn't get the position. A guy got the job. He isn't even an engineer and his experiences were far from what is required. He got the job because he is a guy.
htet oo khin khin
I'm final year Mechanical Student from Myanmar. I'm currently struggling with my mini thesis while feeling desperate for my future career since most of the jobs offers related to Mechanical are for boys. But I feel released a bit after watching this video. Thank you!
julia pakpahan
im go to college majoring eguneering
promita das
Girl, I feel the SAME about not fitting in and thinking all these designing things dont come to me easily. I think I am motivated to work harder towards my mech degree and create amazing things. Thank you for the inspiration.
Vanessa Luma-as
I am currently studying Industrial Engineering and there is not a day I ask myself If engineering is really for me. I am weak in class and a slow learner, but because I am determined to finish my studies and to be a engineer, I am still fighting and trying my best to excel in class. I know that choosing this path is not easy, being with man who cope up lesson fast rather than me (a girl) is not easy, to express yourself and trying your best just to survive each term is not easy. Being a engineering is not easy. I watched this video because I know there will be a time that I wanted to give up and just shift another course, but thank you Ma'am for inspiring me and boosting myself to do more and to do hard work in my studies.. I just really hope and pray that I will finish this and even it takes me more than a 4-5 years its okay. God bless us future Engineers.
Jannen Mata
I’m an Industrial Engineer and currently working as Software Engineer from the Philippines. I can so relate with struggling at Engineering Drawing. The next semester, Thank God we had CAD Drawing 🤓
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