Funding your program! (How to Kickstart an Idea – The Series)

Better late than never! It’s been a while since I have written a blog post and I apologize for that. For the past month, I have been occupied with a move across state. But now that things are settling down, I’ll continue to post more regularly! Continuing with our series of “How to Kickstart an…

Becoming a Self-Learner! (Global)

In today’s society, its quite easy to equate having an education to how smart someone is. Nothing against those who have advanced degrees (I myself have a couple of those), but having a degree does not make you a smart individual. I have known many people in my life who lack basic common sense, but…

Inspire Change through Computer Science! (Global)

Back in the day when I worked with kids in robotics programs, getting them interested or even excited about coding was a huge challenge. A bigger challenge was getting most girls interested in coding, but as a female computer scientist myself, it was encouraging to see many girls excited to learn about STEM. Most kids…

LEGO: Building Blocks of Education (Global)

LEGOs!! Yes, those little bricks of joy that can turn any adult into a giddy curious 5 year old kid! I think many of us are familiar with LEGOs. In fact we grew up imagining towers, castles, cowboys and intergalactic battles, while putting these bricks together and watching our imagination come to life. But I…

Makerspaces: Transform your community (Global)

Makerspaces! For those of you who know what I am talking about, you’re probably giggling with joy. At least I know that’s how I felt when I decided to start work on transforming a rundown facility on our campus into a working Makerspace for kids. Earlier this year, the World MakerFaire was hosted in New…

Where there is a will, there is a way

Growing up in a still developing country, I consider myself one of the lucky ones who had access to a good education and a comfortable life. My parents made sure of that and I will be eternally grateful to them. They taught us the importance of hard work, struggle, and always believing that as women,…

“365 days later”

Dear Reader, November 2015: Unemployed, anxious, lost, sitting at home, waiting on job interviews….I had an ache in my heart to do something worthwhile with my time and put my restless mind to good use. Thankfully, North Carolina was (and still is) an absolutely gorgeous state with its beautiful forests, hiking trails and of course,…

Engineering For You Video Contest (Global)

Engineering? More like…MEGA ENGINEERING! I came across that term a few weeks ago and went on a google search spree to learn about what it meant. After scrolling through projects about extreme engineering, advanced engineering and shows on Discovery channel about Mega Engineering, I stumbled upon this video contest and had to it share with…

Serving Globally

Looking back at one of Sprocket’s vision – to make STEM education available to kids of all ages, from developed and undeveloped countries, I decided to take another route and write about something that is more than just the usual information about available local and global STEM opportunities. Someone once said “If you are not working…

Instructables Makerspace Contest! (International)

A few days ago, a bunch of REALLY smart and amazing undergraduate students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics bought a new 3D printer and asked me to come check it out (They heard I had been working on fixing a couple of MakerBot Replicators). It was absolutely great to see them so…

Find your Kin! (How to kickstart an Idea – The Series)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written one of these, so I’ll keep it short. But I’m glad to take a breather from work and get around to penning down part 2 of the series – How to Kickstart an Idea (https://sprockethome.com/2016/05/20/how-to-kickstart-an-idea-the-series/). You can read about part 1 and finding your motivation here (https://sprockethome.com/2016/05/24/wheres-your-motivation-how-to-kickstart-an-idea-the-series/) There’s…

Underwater Robotics Competitions (International K-12 and College Level)

It’s a scientific fact that despite of new discoveries everyday, 95% of earth’s oceans still remain undiscovered! It’s mind-boggling to think about all the mysterious species, geological data and organic matter sitting, waiting to be found. Underwater discoveries have always been complicated and challenging because of the limitations of being….well, being human. Scientists are depending more…