As a kid, Sharon Marzouk, Founder and CEO of TechyKids thrived in school with cross disciplinary hands-on projects. But these opportunities are often dependent on the individual teacher, and not part of the regular school system.
She wanted to create more of a path for this type of learning that engages learners by allowing them to combine their unique creativity, perspective, and skillsets with concepts that need to be grasped. Doing this personalizes the learning experience and makes it more meaningful, therefore sticky.
Giving learners a strong foundation, increases interest and the speed of learning. It prepares kids for their future in a fast-changing environment, allowing them the confidence to learn anything. This started her on the path to developing a different type of pedagogy leading to TechyKids.
Along this journey she moved across the country to the Bay Area, led many robotics programs for kids, from Wizbots to being a mentor at Hack the Future. She has been an active yearly and award-winning exhibitor and presenter at Bay Area Maker Faire and the Robot Block Party. She partnered with Willow Garage to develop and lead the PR2 program at The Tech, an exhibit to teach kids how to program the $400K research robot.
Being a woman engineer and educator, passionate about creativity, art and human-centered design she wants to empower more girls to pursue robotics, and everyone to be empowered and capable of making a positive difference in the world. She plans to continue growing TechyKids to help introduce technology programs at schools with quality content and projects that engage the brain and the heart.