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Girls & Middle School: The Struggle is Real

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Middle school drama: the struggle is real.

Growing up in a military family, Melanie Flores moved frequently as a child. She adjusted well, made straight A's, and was a generally "easy" kid....until middle school, when social dynamics led her to experiment with identity and peer groups and her parents sprouted many new gray hairs.

Come learn about the influences that gently guided her onto the path she eventually followed, and find out what you as a parent can do to help your daughter navigate the social and hormonal wilderness known as early adolescence.

This talk is intentionally being held before our Girls Maker Club, so please bring your middle-school aged daughter for the talk, and then have her stay for the hands-on making from 3-5:00.

About our Speaker:

Melanie Flores leverages what a mentor calls “an extremely rare combination - an MIT brain and a teacher's heart” to make an impact on education. After earning a chemical engineering degree, she worked in industry for 10 years and served on the startup team for Corning’s optical fiber manufacturing facility in the Charlotte, NC area.

She loved training new engineers and watching them grow into strong problem solvers. Seeing her own children beam with pride over their homemade contraptions, Melanie set forth on a new path to blend her technical background with her ability to connect with all ages, founding a kindergarten engineering design workshop that has been featured in national media.

She has been a speaker at TEDxJacksonville, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Girls Who Code at Georgia Tech, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Boston Museum of Science. Now the STEM Lead Coach for Easter Seals North Georgia, Melanie lives in Alpharetta with her husband Trinidad and their two sons, TJ and Sebastian.