Early on Saturday morning, June 20, our KidPower2015 team loaded up the bikes, the bicycle generator components, the blenders, and fresh smoothie ingredients and headed out to the ORACLE Users’ Group (ODTUG) Kscope15 Conference Community Service Event. The event was convened at the Hollywood Beach Cultural and Community Center in Hollywood, Florida. The purpose of this community service event was to allow ODTUG Kscope15 attendees with an opportunity to present STEM projects to community children and youth. While we were setting up the equipment, Annabelle and Destiny, our KidPower2015 Ambassadors had time to talk about the project with ODTUG conference attendees.
When the event opened at 9am, we were bombarded with kids and adults who wanted to pedal the bikes to make their own smoothies. I was so busy talking that I was only able to take one, very amateur, 15 second video on my iPhone:
As we were talking, we were able to share the purpose of the KidPower2015 project. We also shared how we will be taking it the Light of Future Schools in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August.
What I didn’t realize when I accepted the invitation from The On It Foundation to participate in this event was ODTUG is focusing on how to increase the number of women entering science and technology fields. And here we were, an all-girl STEM team presenting a clean energy technology! Our story and our team composition was so compelling that Annabelle, Destiny, and I were asked to share via videotape with the ODTUG Kscope15 Conference. One of the most important questions I was asked was why was I personally interested in influencing more girls to enter science fields
We are looking forward to seeing this video!
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