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COUNTDOWN TO FAB LAB 2.0! OCTOBER 2ND

COUNTDOWN TO FAB LAB 2.0! OCTOBER 2ND

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SisterSMATR lives at the intersection of arts and technology to create opportunities for young women of color to take STEAM to the next level. Our unique approach leverages music and art to engage young women in robotics and other technology. We focus on supporting those attending schools with limited arts and technology instruction to provide opportunities to experience cutting edge technology, coupled with dynamic forms of cultural production, intended to inspire and prepare them for a brighter future.

Download the Fab Lab 2.0 application below! Submit to info@sistersmatr.org by 3pm on September 27, 2018

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What MATRS in 2018

#Welcome

Hello Sisters and Geeky Mavens!

The women of SisterSMATR are “Daughters, Dreamers, Doers and Disrupters! “ With this as our mantra, we are joyfully committed to actions that ensure “women think” wholly disrupts the “man think” paradigm.  Indeed, our mantra is the fuel that drives me to accomplish different levels of success in the many fields connected to my passion of learning and sharing.

It was a couple of years ago, while sitting in Marcus Garvey Park with my friend JoAnn Chase, that I shared my frustration with the technology norm and my dream to disrupt it. As a Doer, I felt there was a need to alter the image of white male dominated institutions, work places, and societies that are surrounded by invisible high, wide and deep walls. These barriers continue to disregard the importance of the inclusion of women, specifically young women of color. I want to support the next generation of young female tech entrepreneurs by creating platforms that seek to leverage art and community and eliminate the gender gap in science and technology for young women of color. I am committed to continuing to create, innovate and engage ideas that remove barriers for our future women leaders.

Helping me to manifest my dream, JoAnn and I reached out to other fierce women who were also Daughters, Dreamers, Doers and Disrupters and the response was the birth of SisterSMATR.org!  Makani Themba, Michelle DePass, China Blue, Cynthia Sley, Asa Arnold, Diane McGrath, Agnes Mocsy, and Laurie Anderson were onboard immediately! Their vision and support has given SisterSMATR invaluable tools, voices, and contacts to ensure its success.

I have always felt that community – yes, it takes a village and sometimes a global village! — is an essential part of nurturing and raising children. I believe there is even a greater need for community today because of drastic changes in society on a global level. I was so grateful, encouraged and honored to work with the SisterSMATR squad to implement our first 8-week after school pilot program, Fab Lab, in the spring of 2016, at the Long Island City, Vanderbilt YMCA. We learned a great deal during the pilot and have spent the last few months revising our curriculum based on input we received from the first Fab Lab participants, our amazing volunteer teachers and a host of other supportive individuals with incredible experience and expertise! I am thrilled we are launching Fab Lab 2018 this fall in partnership with Hi-ARTS, a ground-breaking arts organization in New York City. Stay tuned for more updates!

Support Daughters, Dreamers, Doers and Disrupters to come out of our brothers’ shadows and blaze new paths by changing lives and making history!

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Join us Oct. 2nd For Fab Lab 2.0

Download the Fab Lab 2.0 Application:

Submit to info@sistersmatr.org by 3pm on September 27, 2018

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SisterSMATR.org's first FAB LAB!

Today was awesome! Our 1st Fab Lab After School Pilot Program @ the LIC YMCA was so inspiring.  A group of Smart, Beautiful and Fun young ladies of color came together, after meeting yesterday, at Mama Gianna’s Manducatis Rustica a restaurant @ 46-33 Vernon Blvd, LIC (yummy food & friendly people), we had a ‘fab’ time!  We shared the wonderful new Apple iPads, keyboards, pens and headphones by Beats with the girls who cracked them open and started creating immediately.  Drawing images of ‘super women, coming up with creative titles for their 8 week project; digital video self portraits incorporating, science, math, art, technology and robotics.  We were blown away by their self confidence, support for each other and critical thinking.  I’m still smiling and glowing inside, thank you ladies!??????????????

SistersMATR @ The Women's March

Silicon Harlem

Join us @ Silicon Harlem

The goal of Silicon Harlem is to develop an accessible broadband infrastructure, reproducible in urban markets that is affordable, fast, resilient, and smart. Silicon Harlem embraces the role to expand STEM education and committed to emphasize inclusivity in expanding the tech sector and its many opportunities in and throughout Harlem, East Harlem and Upper Manhattan. Our track record of success includes the development of the Apps Youth Leadership Academy, Tech Skills Accelerator, NYC Department of Education After school STEM programming, Annual Hackathons and Advanced coding courses at CUNY/SUNY institutions. All told these initiatives and programs have from 2013 served nearly 1000 people. Silicon Harlem is partnering with world renowned partners from the private sector, academia, non-profits and the community to build the next generation of technological infrastructure to meet the challenges New Yorkers face today and tomorrow.

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Early Bird Registration ends August 15th. The conference is October 26, 2018.

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Fab Lab 8 Week Recap

Eight weeks of the 1st SisterSMATR.org’s ‘Fab Lab’ was a success and marked the first step to reaching a goal; bridging the gender gap in science and technology. This video celebrates the students, Tenzing, Kalsang, Christina, Valeria, Atika, Trinity, Noa and Sarahi, the teachers, advisors, supporters and friends of SisterSMATR.org. Sharing knowledge, making new friends and seeing the smiles on the faces in the photos and video, priceless and totally worth every moment!

SisterSMATR 'FAB LAB' Closing Celebration @ Manducatis Rustica 6.14.17

The time zipped by and 8 weeks and a few days later, we celebrated Tenzing, Kalsang, Christina, Valeria, Atika, Trinity, Noa, Sarahi, as they presented their Super Hero, Super Power films and animation projects.  Shape shifting, mind reading, flying humans, time travel.  A film showing African and Latin dance and music’s influence on the world and stories of healing powers moved some of us to tears.  Kalsang’s animated film ‘A Day in the Life of a Lazy Super Hero’ filled the room with laughter.
I’m so proud of the ‘Best’ Robert F. Wagner Jr High young ladies, our volunteer teachers; Ruby Packard, Tory Jones, Cynthia Sley, Susan Helden, Annie Nocenti, our Founders, Advisors and supporters.  Our SisterSMATR pilot FAB LAB program (Science, Math, Art, Tech & Robotics) @licymca could not have happened without the support of Lisa P. Jackson, Brown Bartholomew, Felice and Terri Pitts of Apple Corp’s.  The girls created magic with their iPens, iPads and Beats Headphones.
We’re grateful for Ebony Conely-Young (Director of the LIC YMCA) and Gianna Cerbone-Teoli (owner of Manducatis Rustica restaurant) and her Staff.  Ebony and Gianna, two people who from the beginning gave more than we could have wish for❤️  A huge THANK YOU to the lovely and loving JoAnn Chase, who was a ‘rock’ and kept me on track and lovingly up to speed and her chosen Sister, Makani Themba for clear guidance, a beautiful mind ad helping us define our mission, Michelle DePass for commiting during our first meeting, and Salimah Salaam Muhammad for financial guidance. Thank you to Diane McGrath for questioning, supporting and questioning again, Asa Arnold for her positive energy, knowledge, documenting the FAB LAB and getting out the word, China Blue for believing, Agnes Mocsy for encouraging us to think and Laurie Anderson for inspiring us and being an engaging story teller.  Thank you to Eve Sandler for our meaningful logo and artwork, Kathy Acosta and Joanna Martinez of Astoria Bank for their support and wanting to share ‘financial literacy’ with our teens.   To our honorary ‘Guy’ supporters and 3 man cheer leading team Miles Parish (web design) Bruce Lincoln (Silicon Harlem) and Brantly Winstead ( assistant to the exe director of the LIC YMCA), we say, Hey Brothers, Go Brothers, Go Brothers, Soul Brothers!  Special shout out to Billie Jean King and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative for their generous support, Tom at Silver Cup Studios and Google, Inc for hosting one of our field trips.
It was an amazing 8 weeks, sharing the multi purpose room at the LIC YMCA with little ones singing nursery rhymes, seniors, adults and youth of every ethnicity, swimmers, dancers, members practicing Yoga during our twice weekly 2 hr. after school classes.
Sharing knowledge, making new friends and seeing the smiles on the faces in this photo, money couldn’t buy and totally worth it!❤️?? THANK YOU & SEE YOU SOON!

Students, Teachers, Founders, Advisors, Supporters, Family and Friends