Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM

Komal Singh on episode 474 on the 10-Minute Teacher

Girls and people of color need role models who look like them. Today's show is a team of people at Google who have done just that. Komal Singh is a Google Engineer and recruited other Google employees to participate in a powerful 20% time project that encourages girls to go into STEM. Learn about the project, the vision, and how you can share it with girls in.

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Komal Singh Bio as Submitted

Komal SinghKomal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and creator of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’. She has been featured on Globe & Mail, Forbes, Financial Post, CTV, BuzzFeed, Google, The Social, The Record, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Geena Davis Institute, and more.

Her journey in tech. spans over 14 years. As a software engineer and tech manager at Accenture, she lead teams to design and launch systems for many Fortune 500 clients. She currently works at Google as an Eng. Program Manager working on ‘cool products and infrastructure’ that impact billions of people around the globe.  

Singh is also a keynote speaker, a mentor, a mother to two mini droids, a ceramicist, diversity & inclusion advocate [mango lover, zen seeker, globetrotter, overall good human].

Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters’ in Com. Sci. from Simon Fraser University. A globetrotter at heart, she has traveled to over a dozen countries, and currently lives in Waterloo, Canada with her husband and two little kids.

Singh debuted as an author with the release of her empowering STEM book “Ara The Star Engineer” (her 20% passion project at Google) that was a bestseller on launch day. The book is being translated to more than 10 languages and has been converted to many immersive experiences. The book series sets to inspire children (esp. minorities) to explore the magic of STEM by featuring real-life women engineering leaders of diverse backgrounds, with a storyline inspired by fantastical innovation lands (e.g. Googleplex) and engineering problem solving (e.g. code a robot to count stars).

Email: singh [dot] [email protected]

Twitter: [email protected] & [email protected]


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