STEM/STEAM: Preparing  Students Today to Answer the World’s Future Problems

Darnika Riley

STEM/STEAM at its core is a skillset that drives critical thinking, innovation and problem solving skills that can be transformed into careers across many different specialties which can plant the seed for impactful innovation. The purpose of the workshop is to inform and empower students, parents and educational leaders with a foundational understanding of STEM/STEAM, the importance of motivating our students to be involved with this competency, and the expertise that STEM/STEAM creates which can enable our students of today to change the world.

Darnika has over 20 years of professional experience in the technology industry and holds a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.S. in Information Management. She works at Intel Corporation as Chief of Staff and Operations Manager to the Roadmap, Products and Architecture Team within the Internet-of-Things (IOTG) organization. In this role, Darnika is responsible for executing all operational activities to ensure the economic success of the IOTG silicon and software roadmaps, including IP technology, from concept approval through launch and into sustaining mode.  Darnika is passionate about helping to increase the pipeline of students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.  She spends her free in volunteering in a number of different activities such as: serving as a youth “Introduction to Engineering” volunteer teacher, student & professional mentor, and is a member on the board of directors for the State of Black Arizona.

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