At a time when more girls and women are using technology than ever before, few of them are playing a role in creating this technology or even pursuing studies in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) areas. For this reason, Intel works with a variety of partners to inspire more girls to create and build the technologies of the future. It’s our goal to showcase real-life examples of women who are doing STEAM work every day, who can serve as role models for younger girls and can show them how attainable and exciting these careers can be.
Thérèse Dugan, Ph.D. is a great role model. She is a designer, research scientist, and inventor from our thought leadership team within Intel Education and Government. For more than 15 years, she has worked at the intersection of emerging technologies, entertainment, and education.
Secret agents use STEAM to protect the world
Recently, Dr.Dugan has been working with MGA Entertainment, AwesomenessTV, and DreamWorks Animation, all of which produce the Emmy-nominated Netflix hit series Project Mc². Dr. Dugan said “Project Mc²” revolves around the adventures of McKeyla McAlister and her best friends, all of whom work for a government organization called NOV8 (pronounced "innovate"). This highly secretive group of diverse female operatives work hard and use cutting-edge technologies to protect the world. The young women of NOV8 explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math themes in every episode of the show. They also inspire girls to use their brains to solve problems with science because “smart is the new cool.”
NOV8 is full of real smart women
When asked about her work on the show, Thérèse has this to say: “I was lucky enough to work directly with the producers and writers of the show to figure out which exciting new Intel technologies should be showcased in order to bring STEAM concepts to life. I was also honored to be a guest star in Season 2! I play myself: A Native American, female designer, researcher, and inventor who also happens to be an NOV8 secret agent. Along with several other women, including astronauts and politicians, we secretly run the world behind the scenes. When we all risk having our true identities exposed, the brave, smart young women of Project Mc² come to our rescue. Being in the show was a lot of fun, and as a mother of a 6-year-old girl, I am so very proud to inspire girls, promote STEAM and represent Intel.”
If you are a parent or a teacher, get your kids — boys and girls — excited about STEAM by watching the new episodes of “Project Mc²” and talking about your favorite scenes.
You should also check out our webisodes for behind-the-scenes interviews from the actual Intel engineers who made some of the amazing Intel technology featured in the show. Maker technologies, microcontrollers, 3D printers, laser cutters, and other amazing gadgets are virtually guaranteed to inspire kids and adults alike. We need that sort of passion in the world!