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400 Students, Educators, and Technology Professionals Attend Hidden Figures Event

Presented by Tech Collective, NASA, and P-TECH; Hidden Figures movie and panel raises STEAM awareness and connects female students, educators, and technology professionals

Providence, RI – March 24, 2017 – Over 400 female middle and high school students, educators, and technology professionals attended a viewing of Hidden Figures and panel discussion at the Warwick Showcase Cinemas on Friday, March 24, 2017. The event was presented by Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for technology, in partnership with NASA’s Chandray X-ray Observatory and Providence P-TECH industry partners and sponsored by OSHEAN, Carousel and Cox. The event included a private screening of the 2017 Oscar winning movie followed by a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of female STEAM professionals in Rhode Island.

Featured Panelists:

·       Zalyndria Crosby, Web Application Developer, CVS; Co-Chapter Lead, Girl Develop IT

·       Gelonia Dent, Director of the Science Center, Brown University

·       Nupur Shridhar, Director of Design-Innovate-Build Lab, the Wheeler School

·       Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandray X-ray Observatory

 

Panel moderation was provided by Classical High School student, Cheyenne Figueroa, a mentee of Arcand’s. The panel answered a variety of questions offering attendees a look into the barriers for women, specifically women of color, entering or currently in the technology field.  

 

“This event was driven by the desire to show our youth how far we have come and how far we still need to go,” said Kris Turgeon, Industry Liaison at P-TECH. “But also to note, we do not have to do it alone. These women were smart, resilient, and demanded to be heard. By raising their voices together, they changed the face of the field. The next generation of smart women must do the same.”

 

“I’m so excited that the stories of these women and their accomplishments are hidden no more,” said Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandray X-ray Observatory. “The success of this amazing book and movie shows that there is a great appreciation and appetite for hearing about people who have too often been over looked in scientific fields."

 

The Hidden Figures movie screening and panel were made possible through the efforts of industry volunteers from Tech Collective’s Women in Technology Committee. Funding for the event was provided by individual donors, Carousel Industries, OSHEAN, Cox Business, and support from the PVD Lady Project

For more information on technology events around women, youth, and diversity, contact: Amanda Roman, Events and Marketing Coordinator at Tech Collective: 401-521-7805 x.106 | aroman@tech-collective.org.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched by the Space Shuttle on July 23, 1999, detects X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes.  NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.  



Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Technology Industry Association. We foster the growth of innovation and economic development in Rhode Island’s technology industry and workforce. Collaborating with technology professionals, government, industry and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding.

 

Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).

P-TECH:
Providence P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a grade 9-16 program where students can complete a college degree in computer science while in high school. The school is a collaboration between Tech Collective, Commerce RI, Providence Public School District, and industry partners.  

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