If Aisha Bowe had followed her guidance counselor’s advice, she would be a cosmetologist...Instead, she went from an insecure and unfocused community college student to a double graduate in aerospace engineering and space systems engineering from the University of Michigan. Determined to provide the inspiration and guidance she felt she lacked, Aisha strove to make a difference. What she didn’t know was how lonely her journey would be. For most of her career, including her time at NASA, she was one of only a few women of color. Time after time, she walked into a room, excited to meet colleagues and realized that no one else looked like her, had her life experiences, or had the insights and ideas she had.
That’s why she founded STEMBoard: to create engaging learning opportunities to excite more young people about STEM and to make sure that more little girls don’t grow up to have the same experience that she did. To do this, her first step was to put together a team of engineers and technologists who shared her story. She built an inclusive team comprised of others who faced similar challenges in their careers and are committed to making a difference.
Since 2013, STEMBoard has led hands-on workshops delivering technology and entrepreneurship programming globally. Although thousands of students have benefited from the programming, the team felt that wasn’t enough. Focused on bringing the joy of technology, science and engineering to youth everywhere, the team created Lingo.