Three Young Entrepreneurs Toy Around

A trio of Stanford graduate students — two mechanical engineers and an MBA candidate — have set up Maykah, a company that creates toys designed to inspire girls to become “artists, engineers, architects, and visionaries.” Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen, and Jennifer Kessler hope it will help bring more women into the tech workforce, where currently females number just 25 percent. The students raised nearly $86,000 on Kickstarter to bring their first toy to market. Roominate, a miniature DIY house that is “stackable, attachable and customizable,” also includes working circuits.

Summer Tour de Force 4: On the Greenland Ice Sheet

Marisa LaRouche of Denver, Colo., pictured right, who plans to study engineering, geology, and Spanish as a Boettcher Scholar at the Colorado School of Mines, joined students from six states on three-week scientific trek in Greenland.  Here’s an account provided by the National Science Foundation, which coordinated the trip as part of the Joint Science Education Program: “The three-week JSEP experience was divided into two parts: the Greenlandic-led Field School–which took place in and around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland–and Science Education Week, in which students visited Danish and U.S. research stations on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The National Science Foundation coordinates the Science Education Week experience.

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Resource: Research Opportunities from ORAU

With a network of colleges and universities across the nation and a wide range of federal agencies as sponsors, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships, and research experience programs. ORAU offers programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.