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Former NASA Engineer Created Lingo to Make STEM Easy

Aisha Bowe

Alisha Bowe is the Founder & CEO of STEMBoard, an agile technology solutions company that specializes in using big data to create smart systems & software solutions for clients in the public and private sectors.

In the past seven years, Alisha’s company has evolved to include an educational department with a product line designed to inspire teens worldwide to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) regardless of their background or lack of resources. Recently, her team created Lingo, which offers the self-paced building kits for youth. 

Alisha’s story is a classic story from taking her passion and to make a difference in the world.

While in a community college, she scored a perfect score on her math exam after a night out of partying, her professor saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself: potential.

Her professor told her that she should do something differently with her life. With that advice, she decided to transfer to the University of Michigan to study aerospace engineering and eventually landed a dream job at NASA.

Throughout her career, she found herself often one of only few women of color, in a packed room of STEM engineers. Fast forward, Alisha left NASA and founded her own company, STEMboard. Every year, she and her team go to the Bahamas to educate about a hundred students in engineering and technology. They ought building kits and gave to the students because most of them had never been exposed to building basic hardware or technology.

The revelation came with one of the students, named Sal, who had leveraged the kit she bought him to win a science fair project. Not only that, he innovated the kit, building a laser pointer modification by scavenging extra parts from his community. 

That’s how her team created Lingo, a kit that included video support, that was self-paced and that enabled a learner who didn’t have academic support at home to learn about science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Inspired by her story? Go to https://stemlingo.com/ to buy a kit for your child to try at home or donate to a charity. 

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