My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Engaging Children in STEAM - Frog Hunting

Frog we found

When the weather starts to get cold and dewy, the frogs come out to play!

One of my daughters favorite activities is to go frog hunting. As the sun goes down we go looking for frogs and other little critters around the garden. We talk about where the animals live and what they eat, why beetles have hard shells while frogs are soft.

Activities like these give kids the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats and feed their curiosity. Experiencing animals in nature is a great way to give kids the building blocks towards environmental sciences and sustainability. 

Added bonus: It's also a great way to bond as a family. 

My daughter looking for frogs around the boots

My daughter looking for frogs behind the air conditioning unit

child and frog
We found a frog!