ASU's CGEST Launch

CGEST aims to create an interdisciplinary, racially-ethnically diverse community of scholars, students, policy makers, and practitioners who explore, identify, and ultimately create innovative scholarship about and best practices for underrepresented girls in STEM.


  1. Workshop: Inspiring Girls to Program with NAO Robots and CSDT's

  2. The day began with a welcome from the Founder and Director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST), Dr. Kimberly A. Scott.
  3. Following her remarks, attendees of the hands-on workshop learned how to engage girls in humanoid robot interaction, programming, and culturally situated design tools. Attendees explored how Zuri and Skylar inspire girls to learn how to program and how CSnap! is combining cultural education with STEM. The workshop was led by Robin Baskin McNulty (ASU), Mitzi Vilchis (ASU), and Danielle Basore (RPI).

  4. Colloquium: Transdisciplinary Technologies

  5. Dr. Patricia Garcia, a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, and Dr. Michael Simeone, Director of the Nexus Lab at ASU, came together to discuss their collaborative effort to develop a transdisciplinary approach to the study and design of technologies.
  6. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Simeone work to bring together computer scientists, humanists, and social scientists to address the relationship between equity and technological development in order to bring about greater diversity in STEM fields.
  7. During their colloquium, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Simeone took questions from the audience via Twitter.

  8. Program: Research Demos

  9. The day wrapped up at the School of Earth & Space Exploration in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4. CGEST displayed its research on CompuGirls and presenters spoke on the necessity of such a Center in creating a culture of inclusion in STEM.