We are constantly inspired and amazed by so many women and companies in STEM that we need a whole section dedicated to them! Read about empowering companies and how they motivate us here.

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A day in the life of Marie Curie….Bezlo Role Model.

Ever wondered what some of the most inspiring women in history would be like if they were growing up today? Hello Bezlo are letting our imagination soar and picturing a day in the life of a 2017 historical Bezlo girl!

 

Marie Curie – Pioneering scientist and first ever female Nobel Prize winner!

 

Marie Curie, born in 1867, was an innovating scientist whose research on radioactivity led to the modern day X-ray! Marie became the first ever woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 for physics, and won again in 1911 for chemistry. To learn more about Marie, click here.

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Marie has been waiting all week for it to be Sunday, or as it’s known in her house, “Science Sunday”. Ever since she was a little girl she has been fascinated with how the world works and what happens when you mix certain liquids and materials together. She wakes up super early and checks to see if the homemade beeswax lip balm she made yesterday has set yet – just one of her many ongoing science projects.

Marie is excited to see what activities her parents have planned for her today. Every Sunday they spend the morning exploring the world of science with fun activities. Her best friend Irene is coming over to play too, and she promised to bring the x-ray images of her broken arm from last week for Marie to see! Today Marie and her Mom are using some of the equipment from Marie’s Elements of Science Kit that she got for her birthday. They also have fun looking at new samples under the family microscope, Marie loves how different human and cat hairs look when you zoom in on them. When Irene arrives, her mom suggests that they try to name all the bones they can see in Irene’s x-ray. Marie can’t believe how cool it is that there’s machines that let you see inside the human body.

Marie and Irene spend the rest of the afternoon getting messy with Dancing Oobleck and can’t believe how much the substance moves depending on what music you play! Marie makes a mental note to work on that as an experiment for next month’s science class project.

Marie is only 10, but already she knows that she will never get bored of discovering new reactions and facts about science and the world around her. She especially loves chemistry, and is learning all about acids and bases in school. Every summer she goes to a science camp that is just for girls, and her confidence has really soared ever since she made so many friends who love science just like her.

Marie reads her favourite book of the moment, “Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world”, before she goes to bed. She loves learning all about amazing women inventors, and dreams that one day she too will make a new scientific discovery!  

Would like to try the same activities as Marie? Click on the following links to learn how!

Elements of Science Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JZ8A1M/?tag=amigi-20

Dancing Oobleck — https://hellobezlo.com/sunday-science-activities/ 

Women In Science – http://www.rachelignotofskydesign.com/women-in-science/

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Fashion & Tech Meets Bezlo

Hello Bezlo… Coding to catwalk

Hello Bezlo event is here to merge Fashion and Technology in collaboration with CoderDojo and Zalando. And we are pleased to invite you!

 This event is all about demonstrating how technology can enhance beautiful fashion creations. We have held fashion tech events before but none quite like this!

Introducing coding to catwalk….

Here is what to expect:

The fun kicks off in IADT in Dun Laoghaire at 6.30pm on the 15th of February. The event will wrap up at 8.30 pm. Yes, that is a full two hours of fashion and technology!! We hope to light up your evening with an LED fashion workshop run by our talented fashion designer, followed by speakers from the Zalando team. This event is sure to empower, inspire and educate…Bezlo style.

Don’t miss out:

This event is especially designed for teenage girls who would like to know more about fashion tech.  No laptop required, but a pen and paper might be useful! We have limited spaces so be sure to sign up and receive your FREE ticket for the event here.

Bezlo mission:

Here at Hello Bezlo, our mission is always to empower young girls to engage in technology and inspire them to learn more. We love fashion and we love technology, when we discovered the magic of combining the two we began to get very creative. Endless fun ideas to explore, so come join us where you can learn, code, and create.

 

Hello Bezlo….for girls who dream BIG.

Love,

The Hello Bezlo team.

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Bezlo Mom

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Rachel Schoene with daughter Lexi.

Bezlo Mom Rachel Schoene.Code to Lexi is just something fun that she does, like art. I do hope that she will grow up to shape a world that is better than the one we are living in right now, I’m certain that knowing computer programing will help her to do that. “

Meet Bezlo Mom Rachel, Mom to our Role Model feature Lexi. Rachel is a huge supporter of STEM. Realising just how big technology is becoming in her kids everyday lives she decided to take a proactive approach ensuring her daughter Lexi was not passively consuming technology. In a short space of time this “non techie” Mom has become a major advocator for girls in technology and is proud of her daughter Lexi’s achievements within STEM. She has became so interested in Lexi’s coding activities that Rachel is now an Administrator for Coderdojo. Let’s find out how she made learning technology so much fun!

Rachel, tell us how did you and Lexi got involved with CoderDojo?

I’m really not very technical at all, I got involved in CoderDojo just over two years ago because Lexi had shown an interest in computers and I really wanted her to learn about technology, rather than just passively consume it. Or worse, be consumed by it.

What was your first impression of coding?

My first impression was that I was too old to really “get it”, the technical terms the kids were using were totally alien to me. The young people at Lexi’s Dojo were literally speaking another language…computer language! But the more I tried to be an active volunteering parent within the Dojo the more I picked up, and my confidence grew a little bit. Now I can at least support Lexi’s learning journey with a bit more enthusiasm than before. Seeing how excited she gets to show me her projects, fuels me to dig in and learn a bit more.

It’s amazing what you can pick up if you keep an open mind.

Wow, Sounds like your open mindset to learning has helped you overcome any obstacles. In the beginning did you feel in any way wary not being able to code yourself?

I definitely felt at a bit of a disadvantage. I felt bad at times because I couldn’t help Lexi work on projects at home or help her move on to the next phase of whatever she’s working on. But I’m learning bit by bit, and I’m sure I’ll pick up more.

What impact has it had on you as a mom? Has your outlook changed on the importance of technology?

As a mom, CoderDojo has had a huge impact on simple things, like how my family use technology. Before CoderDojo our family was controlled by technology,the kids were always gaming and just passively watching the ipads & laptops. Now I realise that actually, we have the ability to change and shape the technology we use everyday. That in itself is very empowering. Now the kids seek to explore the back end of game sites, and alter/modify the games they play to suit their interests. Minecraft modification is a big thing in our house, and that is actually programming too.

Technology is here, and it’s not going away. Ever. So, I guess I have changed my mantra of “get off the screens, in my day we were out playing” to “if you are going to use technology today, at least be learning, creating or doing something constructive with it”. I do limit screen time and make a huge effort to unplug, but that’s another interview for another day LOL.

Have you seen a change in Lexi since she joined CoderDojo?

To be honest the biggest changes I’ve seen in Lexi since she joined CoderDojo are intangible. Lexi’s confidence has soared. She can stand up anytime, anywhere and speak up about things that matter to her. That, as a young woman is a very important skill to have. She will respectfully challenge things, she questions everything , she can hold a room during a presentation, and most importantly she is not afraid to make mistakes. For the longest time she would obsess if she didn’t get top marks in school, or if she made a mistake while drawing or if she accidentally wrote a word wrong in a sentence. Lexi has learned at CoderDojo that it’s ok to mess up, to design things that don’t work out, to suggest ideas that may end up being impractical,  you can ALWAYS start over. There is no right or wrong at CoderDojo only learning.

That is truly amazing! Has Lexi’s progress in computer science encourage your friends bringing their daughters to CoderDojo?

No, my friends all have different non-tech careers and their daughters are all into different after-school activities. They all think that what Lexi is doing is fascinating though, so that’s lovely. Maybe I should try to poach their daughters from gymnastics/ballet/hip hop and get them to come to a Dojo!

You just never know! What would you say to moms out there who are reading this and are wondering how to get daughters more engaged in STEM?

STEM, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics if your daughter shows an interest is any of these subjects foster it, encourage them to join a Dojo (Dojo’s are free). Tell your daughters that they have the ability to change, fix, design the stuff that goes on behind the screens, so that rather than be passive consumers, they can actively shape the technology they use everyday to better suit their wants and needs and the wants and needs of the world around them. CoderDojo is the perfect place to learn the type of skills that will enable them to do just that.

Empower your daughter with knowledge of the STEM industry, break the habit of referring to girls interested in STEM as “nerds” or “geeks”, it’s awful how a few negative comments can change the trajectory of an ambitious young girl’s life. Give your daughter the confidence to pursue her interests. It’s important to tell girls that a large gender gap exists across the STEM industry. Girls should know that this has resulted in a lot of male centric ideas, products and services being brought to the fore in recent years.

It’s important for girls know that they can be decision makers, designers and play a significant role in changing technology to better solve problems that exist across all genders, to solve problems that exist across all societies and to solve greater global issues that affect everyone. There are tons of ways to get girls more engaged and excited about STEM! CoderDojo is a great place to start.

Team Hello Bezlo couldn’t agree more! We hope this interview with Rachel inspires more Bezlo Moms. You can follow Rachel on her quest to be the best advocator of STEM she can be over on twitter @RachelSchoene.  A big thank you to Rachel and Lexi for featuring as our Role Models and sharing their story. 

ROLE MODEL AND BEZLO GIRL LEXI SCHOENE.

MEET BEZLO GIRL LEXI…SHE LOVES FASHION, CODING AND CREATING.

The eight year old tech enthusiast from Dublin who has designed her very own blog and website! Lexi discovered her love for coding at an early age, thanks to her local CoderDojo (a coding youth club).

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Coder Girl Hack Day Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Lexi picked up 1st prize in design in her age category at the Coolest Projects Awards 2015. This year she debuted her blog lexililybelle.com and showcased a signature skirt from her LED clothing range at the awards.

Her mom Rachel, is super supportive, and became so interested in Lexi’s coding activities that Rachel is now an Administrator for Coderdojo

Lexi has merged her love of computer science and LED lights with her passion for art and design and is currently working on her first couture LED evening dress! Even though she is computer and coding crazy, Lexi still loves to “unplug” by playing with her sister and friends outside.

We caught up with Lexi to chat about what it’s like to be a young girl discovering the world of coding alongside her Mom!

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Lexi at CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects. Image source: Irish Tech News.

How did you get involved with CoderDojo?

Two years ago my mom realised that I was really interested in computers, so she looked up CoderDojo. I had to wait a long time to start at my local Dojo as the waiting list was so long, but I was really happy to join it eventually!

What has been the coolest thing you’ve learned how to do with code?

I recently built my own web page using HTML and CSS with the new CoderDojo nano book as a guide. I started off in CoderDojo playing and using Scratch (that’s a basic computer language for kids) but I always wanted to learn HTML and CSS and now I am!

Wow! What do your friends make of your website! Have you explained what you do?

I have, but apparently none of my friends are interested in coding LOL they are all into different things which is cool, when we meet up, we talk about what’s going on in our lives, we are all doing different stuff.

Do you think coding should become a subject you learn in school, like Mathematics or Irish?

I would LOVE if coding was replacing Irish and Mathematics because I really not a fan of them, but if we can’t get rid of them, code should be taught as a subject too.

Who is the most inspirational person you’ve met through Coderdojo?

I really look up to Niamh Scanlon she has invented amazing apps like reCharge my eCar, and Auto Journalist. I really like that she has ideas and works on them to make them a reality. I also admire the fact that Niamh is a girl and is representing what girls can achieve at CoderDojo. She gets to fly to lots of cool places with her mum and gets to do cool things as a result of learning code.

Do you think you will keep learning how to code as you get older?

Of course, because coding is fun and I want to inspire other girls, like me to try it and hopefully they will get into it. Because when you know how to code properly, you can control technology, instead of being controlled by technology. You could even change people’s lives in the future if you had a really good idea and knew how to make your idea a reality. You could change the world!

In your opinion what is the most interesting coding language for kids to learn?

I prefer HTML and CSS to Scratch, I didn’t like the graphics in Scratch they were a bit restrictive. I find knowing HTML & CSS helps me update my WordPress website better and I can make web pages quicker from nothing.

Do you think that learning how to code has helped you with other subjects in school?

I’ve learned a LOT of hard words in English, that I wouldn’t be learning in school just yet. Some of the language around code is difficult, I keep forgetting what a lot of the big words mean LOL. I was terrible at maths before, but I’m getting better. I don’t know if that’s because of code or because my mum nags me to do my homework properly. I don’t know if code has helped me in school so far.

What would you say to other girls who have not considered coding before?

I would say that you really have to be interested in computers and how they work to want to join a Dojo because a lot of what I learn is how to solve technical problems (mostly problems I make myself) and some of those problems can take ages to solve. If you are interested I would say sign up and go to a Dojo for a few weeks and see if you like it or not. It’s the same as any other activity, you will know in a few weeks if you like it or not. But you will never know if you don’t try.

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Pictured at the launch of CoderDojo’s Coolest Project Awards 2016. Image source: The Irish Times.

Our fave female astronauts!

3..2…1… Lift off!! This week is World Space Week, the perfect time to learn more about some of our favourite female astronauts in history. So put on your imaginary space suits Bezlo girls, fly high, and be inspired by these super space-explorers!

SALLY RIDE

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The first ever American woman in space, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally is a true space hero! After studying her Phd in physics, she came out on top of 1,000 other applicants for a spot in NASA’s astronaut program. Sally made history on June 18th, 1983, when she served on board the Challenger space shuttle as mission specialist, helping to deploy satellites!

She completed one more space mission later that year, and then went on to become the director of the California Space Institute at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a professor of physics at the school in 1989.

In 2001, she started her own amazing company to create fun and educational programs and products known as Sally Ride Science that help inspire girls and young women to pursue their interests in science and maths. She was inducted into the the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame – proudly paving the way to inspire girls all over the universe! Sally sadly died in 2012 at the age of 61, but her legacy lives on in her STEM encouraging company, Sally Ride Science.

Did you know? Sally flew her own plane to her 1982 wedding, and was a USA tennis champion when she was 18!

ELLEN OCHOA

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Ellen became the world’s first female Hispanic astronaut in 1991, and is a complete space veteran, logging more than 950 hours in orbit! She studied her doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University, and also has a degree in physics.

On her four space trips, Ellen was mission specialist and flight engineer, and she also took charge in technical projects such as flight software and robotics development and testing! She has served as Assistant for Space Station to the Chief of the Astronaut Office, lead spacecraft communicator in Mission Control and Acting Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office – Ellen has really flown high in the space world.

Her numerous awards include NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, four Space Flight Medals and an Outstanding Service Medal! She is currently Director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center in Texas, where she lives with her family.

Did you know? Ellen is also a trained classical flutist!

MAE C. JEMISON

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In 1987, Mae became the first African-American woman ever to be accepted into the astronaut training program! She made history a second time in 1992 when she flew as the first African-American women in space on the Endeavour mission.

Even though it had always been a dream of hers, Mae didn’t plan on being an astronaut, as she first studied chemical engineering before receiving her medical degree from Cornell University. She worked as a general practitioner and interned in hospitals in LA and California. It was only when she returned from working abroad in Syria as a medical researcher for the Peace Corps that she decided to apply for NASA! She was responsible for scientific experiment studies on board the space flight, such as weightlessness and motion sickness.

Mae was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She taught Environmental Science at Dartmouth University and founded the Jemison Group, which researches and develops science and technology for use in everyday life. One of the group’s projects is an international science camp for kids ages 12-16, where they work to solve current global problems. She is currently president of the 100 Year Starship – a NASA partnered project to create a business plan that will last for 100 years of interstellar research.

Did you know? Mae appeared as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Ada Lovelace as a 21st Century girl!

Ever wondered what some of the most inspiring women in history would be like if they were growing up today? Hello Bezlo are letting our imagination soar and picturing a day in the life of a 2016 historical Bezlo girl! Meet Ada Lovelace, world’s first computer programmer!

GoldieBlox – Helping girls to build their own future!

We are always so excited when a company sets out to inspire young girls and motivates them to chase their dreams!  One of the best STEM encouraging companies out there is GoldieBlox, who make a fun construction kit for girls aged 4-10 and want to teach girls about engineering…

Introducing…. Our new Hello Bezlo role models!

Here at Hello Bezlo we know how important it is for young girls to have someone to look up to and be inspired by, but it can often be difficult for our free spirited Bezlo Girls to find examples of young women actively involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

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We want to change that, and put the spotlight onto real world, relatable young female tech stars! Young girls may have the impression that STEM is “nerdy” or just for boys, but as they are introduced to more female STEM role models, they will see just how amazing it is. There are so many opportunities for girls in STEM, and having strong role models for these subjects will encourage girls to be more curious, embrace innovation and develop an openness for learning!

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Two young Bezlo Girls enjoying learning to code. Anything is possible with code.

Many girls don’t have access to female role models in STEM that they can identify with or be motivated by, so we have created a new Role Models section on our website that will feature young women from across the world, all involved in tech in different ways. From kid codersto teenage CEO’s, we are highlighting the many different exciting ways to be involved in STEM. Our Hello Bezlo role models explain how they became interested in STEM and all of the fascinating ways it can be used in everyday life.

We met lots of amazing female role models at Inspirefest recently…. watch this space on the Hello Bezlo site and keep up to date with our upcoming interviews with even more inspiring role models!

Turning can’ts into cans and dreams into plans!

Hello Bezlo Girls,

After celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday and International Womans Day on Tuesday it seems fitting that now it’s time to reflect on just how important it is for women to support, encourage and be inspired by each other. Hello Bezlo has been born through a collaboration of women supporting each other to make the impossible…possible! We are working hard to make our dreams a reality!

We believe that our Bezlo Moms are great role-models to the women of the future. Bezlo mums encourage their girls to be whoever they want to be whether that is a coding queen, mathematical maestro, sassy stylist or a little bit of each!

Instagram has given us a big insight on how Bezlo girls worldwide are celebrating women’s week and who they see as role models.

We love this post from our one of our followers, Jess in Amsterdam @rainbowsandcoffee

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“In honour of #internationalwomensday I thought I’d post this quote here. For my daughters, because they Will rule the world. #whoruntheworld #motherhoodrising #quote #beinspired.”

We believe it is important to be proud of being a girl everyday.International Womans Day (or what fast became International Womans week) is an extra special one-  Women from every corner of the globe are celebrating female empowerment. International women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural structure and political achievements of women.

There are so many worldwide ambassadors for women in fashion, technology and business who are really making a difference and influencing young girls around the world. Here are quotes from some of our top 5 inspiring women. We know a Bezlo Girl when we see one!

1. Emma Watson

Actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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2. Angelina Jolie

Actress and UN Ambassador

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3. Diane Von Furstenberg

Fashion Designer and board member of Vital Voices

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4. Malala Yousafzai

Female Education Activist and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate

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5. Sheryl Sandberg

Author of Lean In and COO at Facebook

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We hope this post inspires you to believe in yourself and be inspired by some of these amazing women we have mentioned. Hard to pick just five as there are literally hundreds of role models that are disrupting the way women are treated,striving for equality and happiness!

“We rise by lifting others”.

Happy International Womens Week,

Love team Bezlo x

Fairy Door Magic

“They blow away bad dreams, collect your fallen tooth, and turn your worries to wishes!”

This is the magical world a little fairy door can bring to your home! We introduce you to the sparkling Irish Fairy Door Company.

Over the Christmas we came to learn all about the wondrous world a little fairy magic can bring. It brought an added excitement that no toy or movie could spark. This was no Christmas fad, now mid January a lot of the other toys have taken a back seat whilst the fairy door holds a special place in the hearts of children. Bezlo girls are believers in magic, dreamers and love make believe…the fairy door is perfect for the creative thinkers!#

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Our fairy Irene is a cheeky little one for sure!

How does it all work?

  1. Pick a special place to put your fairy door and stepping stones and leave the magic key beside it.
  2. If the magic key is gone in the morning, your fairy has arrived!
  3. Register your fairy’s name and unlock a world of imagination from Fairy Valley!

The best thing about the fairy door company is how simple it is to ignite your child’s imagination. We love how interactive Fairy Valley is. Don’t be fooled, this is much more than a little fairy door. It’s a magical matter! Queen Kate and the national fairy council will send you weekly newsletters with updates!

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This is a family experience. Bezlo Moms can be part of the whimsical fun too. It’s time to nurture your child’s sense of wonder (and yours!). Believe in the magic, capture the wonder and create memorable childhood memories for the whole family.

Bezlo Fact : Science has proven too how vital the power of imagination is to a child’s development! Studies have found that early imaginative play was associated with increased creative performance years later (Russ, 2004; Russ, & Fiorelli,  2010).

You can purchase a fairy door and other amazing product online here. They ship worldwide too:)

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“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” -Roald Dahl.

Enjoy the adventure, believe in the magic and add a sprinkle of fairy dust!

Love Team Bezlo x