Shilpa has an MBA, with a concentration in IT from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in Information Systems. Her career has spanned over 15 years in IT research/analysis, government contracting and federal proposal development. She has been associated with ideaventions for the past two years, first as a parent and now as a STEM educator. When she witnessed first-hand the excitement that her son had for the ideaventions curriculum and hands-on approach, she wanted to be a part of it from the inside out! She is thrilled to put her knowledge to use and contribute to the mission of STEM enrichment. Both her sons, ages 9 and 3, love attending classes at ideaventions and participating in all the activities!
Jordan graduated from the College of William and Mary with bachelor's degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. Her focus on community and preventative psychology in her studies and internships sparked an interest in early education and led her to seek a career in the education field. She is currently pursuing a Master's in School Counseling through George Washington University. In addition to teaching classes, Jordan serves as the ideaventions Party Manger and Director of Communications and Training. Jordan's favorite parts of her work at ideaventions are researching and testing new experiments for labs and camps and designing new robot builds for our Jr. Robotics classes. And she especially loves catching glimpses of the amazing minds and big imaginations of our students!
Science memory: “My first memory of being truly excited about science was when my first grade class ‘planted’ lima beans in damp towels inside plastic baggies and watched them germinate. It was my first look into what was happening underground when a seed ‘magically’ became a plant, and I loved to see it grow a little more each day.”
Jacqui earned her Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol. She then worked for a defense contractor, developing aircraft systems for a high-altitude, long-endurance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Jacqui enjoys drawing on those experiences as Director of Technology and Engineering Programs at ideaventions. She also develops interdisciplinary labs for the ideaventions™ Scholars program and manages off-site summer camps. Her favorite thing about ideaventions is seeing students come up with creative solutions to open-ended challenges: "They always surprise me with something new!" In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys traveling, orienteering, horse-riding and volunteering at her local planetarium. On any given day, you’ll find her teaching classes about computers, programming, engineering or robotics!
Science memory: “I grew up in the United Kingdom and a family vacation to Florida with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center really sticks out in my memory. Seeing a Shuttle on the launch pad and a real Saturn V rocket in the hangar absolutely cemented the fact I wanted to study aerospace engineering.”