Champions of Change
Dr. Elisabeth Hayes has served as director or co-director of two projects aimed at increasing girls' skills and interest in STEM: the Tech Savvy Girls project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, and Compugirls, supported by the National Science Foundation and other donors. Both projects incorporate interest-driven learning and new digital media, such as computer games and virtual worlds, along with peer mentoring, professional role models, and online community-building. Dr. Hayes is currently on the faculty of Arizona State University, where she teaches courses on new digital media and learning for teachers, undergraduates, and graduate students . She is the co-author of Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning (Palgrave, 2010).