Inquisitive teens, their parents and community members are invited to the STEM Lecture Series presented by the Foothill College Science Learning Institute (SLI) Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. in Room 5015 at the Foothill campus in Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $8, general admission; $5, Foothill students with OwlCard. Purchase tickets online.
Serial entrepreneur Michelle Khine, Ph.D., will discuss Inventing Future Entrepreneurs, particularly the growing need to cultivate "homegrown" science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student innovators.
The lecture also features opening remarks from Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors and member of the Foothill College SLI Advisory Board.
The U.S. is ranked 52nd in STEM education. With a continual decline in Americans pursuing advanced education in STEM fields (fewer than 67 percent of engineers earning Ph.D.s in the U.S. are not U.S. citizens), there is an undeniable need to foster and culture homegrown innovators. The low retention rate of student interest in STEM at the K–12 level has been identified as a major factor in this crisis. Current methodologies of teaching, along with the steep learning curve of certain STEM topics, deter many students, especially at a young age, from further pursuing STEM. In particular, current methodologies fail to engage girls in the STEM fields. Children need experiential STEM activities at a young age in an interactive, social setting such that they have the incentives and support to stay engaged.
Hear Khine's strategies to encourage and engage the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs who will create, design and sell tomorrow's products and services. A popular TEDx talk presenter and associate professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Irvine, she excels at inspiring students and others to pursue STEM education and entrepreneurial opportunities.
An assistant and founding professor at UC Merced (2006–2009), Khine earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and a doctorate in bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF. She was the scientific founder of Fluxion Biosciences, Shrink Nanotechnologies and Novoheart. She is the recipient of the TR35 Award and was named one of Forbes "10 Revolutionaries" in 2009 and by Fast Company Magazine as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" in 2011. She was awarded the NIH New Innovator's Award, named a finalist in the World Technology Awards for Materials, and was named by Marie‐Claire magazine as "Women on Top: Top Scientist". She is starting a novel co-op with her students, A Hundred Tiny Hands, and is spearheading a new graduate program focused on biomedical engineering entrepreneurship at UC Irvine.
The Foothill College Science Learning Institute presents this series of public lectures to spotlight STEM topics and resources. Given by renowned STEM thought-leaders, the lectures are ideal for inquisitive, attentive students, age 16 and older, and interested community members.
The March 14 lecture is co-sponsored by the Foothill College Science Learning Institute and Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College.
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