Sunny Washington has her work cut out for her and she knows it.
“The United States needs more than a million more students graduating with STEM degrees” to meet the projected needs, she explains. “The United States is ranked 24th in math and 21st in science education worldwide.”
She notes that “74 percent of girls are interested in science, yet less than 15 percent of girls go on to pursue science careers.”
Sunny leads Ardusat, an education technology company that allows students to conduct experiments in space using small satellites. The mission of Ardusat is to get more kids interested in STEM fields.
On Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Sunny will join me for a live discussion about Ardusat and STEM education. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about Ardusat:
Ardusat is an education technology company that provides the unique opportunity to connect the universe to the classroom. With our next generation learning resources, students can create their own satellite experiments and collect real-world space-data. We provide teachers with STEM learning resources, professional development, and hands-on materials that give students an experience that is truly out of this world.
Sunny began her career as a bank manager for US Bank. In 2001 she started working with the ed tech company, Certiport where she launched their digital literacy program in over 80 countries.
In 2009 she was introduced to the co-founders at Instructure. After seeing a demo of their LMS, she was convinced that this would be a game-changer in the market. In January 2010, she joined Instructure as employee 7. During her time at Instructure she assisted in building the sales, business development, account management, and marketing teams.
In April 2014, Sunny joined forces with Spire, a space satellite company out of San Francisco, to build Ardusat, an ed tech company focused on delivering STEM resources to spark student innovation. This year they launched a program where students will be able to run experiments on the satellites that Spire builds and launches into space.