Over the last few years, At Home with Kim Vallee became my platform to advocate maker education, promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education for boys and girls, bring to light innovation in the school system, and share how kids can develop computational thinking skills, and design thinking abilities. Since then, I created Bidouilleurs. I now blog exclusively from Bidouilleurs.
What triggered that change?
After working in the tech industry for 25 years an user experience designer, a strategist, and a digital content producer, I decided to put my skills and knowledge to use for the benefits of children instead of businesses. I became a mom on a mission. I help kids aged 5-12 to be inventors and makers.
Kids deserve an education that prepares them for the future. While we wait for schools to deliver a more forward-thinking education, I believe that the best way, for parents, to foster 21st century skills with school-age children remains informal learning. So I started to look at what parents can do to complement what their children learn in school. This quest led me to:
- advocate maker education;
- teach/facilitate creative coding, robotics and electronics workshops for kids aged 5 to 12;
- work with non-profit organizations and teach coding to kids.
Imagining workshops that integrate arts, technology and storytelling is my signature. You reach more girls and boys with multidisciplinary activities than with activities tailored for a particular STEM discipline.
The history of this blog
At Home with Kim Vallee was launched in 2007. I’m proud of what I accomplished as a lifestyle & entertaining expert. After living and breathing the world of publishing, PR, and advertising for seven years, I wanted to do something more important, something more meaningful for the world. This quest brought me back to my root, to the world of tech and science, with a twist.
When I needed a platform to talk about my mission in 2016, I updated the editorial content of At Home with Kim Vallee instead of starting from scratch.
Making STEM education relevant to all kids
Reducing the gender gap in STEM fields has always been one of my concerns.
I’m fascinated by the adoption of science and technology outside the usual circle. From my observations, people want to learn more about science and technology when they started to see how STEM is relevant to their own project or inquiry. The key is to make STEM education meaningful to people’s goals and interests.
Fun fact: I pioneered talks about how women reshape the Web back in 2008 at PodCamp and WordCamp events in Toronto and Montreal.
On a personal note
I currently live in a Montreal suburb with my geek husband, our inventive 6-year-old son and two lively cats.