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Techbridge Role Model Spotlight: Lyn Gomes

January is National Mentoring Month. To celebrate the impact of the role models who spend time with Techbridge girls, we asked longtime role model Lyn Gomes to dive deeper into the role model experience. Here's what she had to say: 

How long have you been a role model? How did you become involved?
I've been a role model for about 10 years now. I had always known I wanted to make a difference in the numbers of women in engineering, but was unsure how to go about it.  I became involved with the Techbridge program and they gave me the training and tools I needed to be confident and make a difference.

What do you do as a Techbridge role model?
As a formal role model, I go to schools and spread the word about how much I love engineering and that I make a difference. In addition to giving some background about myself, we always dissect a hairdryer 1) because it's fun, 2) to see how it works, and 3) to reiterate that the students can be one of the engineers that designs the next, new-and-improved hairdryer.

How much time does it take to be a role model?
Initially, it took about 4-8 hours of my own time to create a short presentation about myself, practice the activity, and gather any supplies I needed. Techbridge makes that process easier and faster for role models because they supply the activity and will gather the supplies for it! Now it only takes about 4 hours of my time to tweak my presentation and do the whole visit with the students.
Ideally, I would go back to a Techbridge program to visit twice a year (in order to make a stronger impact), but I usually make it out once a year.

How does being a role model impact you?
After I come back from a program visit, I feel a renewed joy in my career. Sharing the students excitement for the activity, seeing it click when they know how something works, or celebrating their accomplishment when they've successfully taken the hairdryer apart makes me remember how much I love engineering and why I became an engineer.

Interested in becoming a Techbridge role model? Attend our Role Model Orientation & Training on February 10! Click here to sign up. Already a STEM role model for girls? Visit the Role Models Matter online training toolkit for resources and tips. 

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