blogger since 2005, vlogger, freelance writer, brand ambassador and all-around social media mom. I'm also the founder of the popular monthly Twitter discussion, #STEMchat. I'm also "mom" to Tesla, the wonder pup.
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|This is the book that started it all.|
Initially developed to hold myself accountable for building my electronic skillz and documenting my romp through the Arduino playground, The Maker Mom quickly morphed into a blog with a mission.
This blog is a platform for sharing science fun, news and views on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and thoughts on raising and educating gifted children.
I've written for some of the most popular online parenting destinations such as BabyCenter's Momformation blog and was quoted in Huffington Post's Complete Guide to Blogging. I've been quoted in The New York Times. I've spoken on Capitol Hill as well as at many popular women's blogging conferences, including Blissdom, Blogalicious, Type-A Mom, and Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago.
I make regular appearances on WGN Morning News, a Chicago broadcast that's syndicated throughout North America.
- July 2012 Summer Science Fun
- November 2012 Hot holiday tech gifts for kids
- April 2013 National Robotics Week (featuring my VEX Robotics team!)
- December 2013 Best STEM gifts for kids
Maker Mom speaking engagements include:
- Scratch Day Chicago 2013
- American Library Association Pre-Conference Event 2013
- Appearances at local events like farmer's markets
My YouTube Channel has more than 200 subscribers and receives roughly 5,000 views each month. To date, my 100+ videos are closing in on 195,000 views. I'm hoping to build out my series, When geeks grow up. My dream video project, Mothers of inventors, involves interviewing mothers of well-known geeks, i.e., Mark Zuckerberg's mom. If you'd like to sponsor either one, drop me a note.
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I'm also a contributor to Sylvan Learning's Mom Minded blog, where I write a monthly post and I'm managing editor of and contributor to the new parent/educator blog Add It Up at BedtimeMath.org.
Of course, I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. And through my momblogger network, MomImpact, I reach hundreds of top bloggers each month through my newsletter. Over the years I've worked with several brands on a professional level and I've been invited to many local and national brand events.
I coached the Entomology event for 2013-14 and in the past coached the Food Science event for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Science Olympiad teams at my younger son's school. Food Science placed 6th and our school team was among the top 15 in Illinois.I coached entomology in 2013-14 and my event team came in 5th at State.
I also founded and coach a Vex Robotics team which made it to State in 2014.
As a blogger, I've worked with brands in a variety of roles. As The Maker Mom, these brands include the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Dell, littleBits, PBS' Design Squad, Sylvan Learning Centers, Engineer's Week Foundation, General Motors, OnStar, the Bedtime Math Foundation, DiscoverE, Georia-Pacific and MAKE magazine, but over the course of my blogging career I've consulted with, planned events for, and served as an ambassador for: Kleenex, Leap Frog, ConAgra Foods, Kenmore (Sears), Subaru, Yahoo and others. I'm currently the manage editor of Bedtime Math's parent blog, Add It Up.
|I plan events like this, too.|