Who am I?
I’m a mom. I am prouder of this status than any other. I am also a finance professional and have worked in investment banking. Throughout my career I have advised companies on growth and capital-raising. I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and received my MBA from the Booth School at the University of Chicago. In high school, I placed second in the Milwaukee County Science Fair and won a merit award from NASA. My favorite 5th grade memory was building a prototype solar doghouse with my best friend Angel. I am lifelong science geek and enjoy exploring science with my daughter and husband.
What is SuperSmart Carbon?
I founded SuperSmart Carbon to stimulate conversation about educational topics in families with elementary aged kids. In our family, we talk about science a lot. Not as frequently as we discuss the Cubs, Blackhawks Fantasy Football or Star Wars, but still quite a bit. We whip out the IPad and check out the sun bursts on the 3D Sun App. We visit NASA.gov to get the latest discoveries by the Kepler mission. We read books together like “The Disappearing Spoon” by Sam Kean. As parents, we try to introduce science into everyday conversations with our fourth grader.
Like many parents, I always leave a quick note in my daughter's lunch. One day, she told me that my typical note of "Have a nice day!" was boring. I started including science facts and found that not only did she enjoy the notes, but she was sharing them with her classmates. I have created the SuperSmart Carbon lunchbox notes to help parents like us connect with our kids even when we can’t be there.
I also regularly post on the SuperSmart Carbon Science Blog on science topics for families with elementary-age kids. The posts are short and meant to be shared by parents with their kids. We usually read them while eating breakfast on school days or lunch on the weekends.
Why the name SuperSmart Carbon?
Quick answer – “Smart Carbon” was taken by a green energy company. The long answer is that I was looking for a name that brought together education and science. Carbon is the basis of all life, so I thought it would be a good place to start our science odyssey. Smart emphasizes our focus on developing knowledge. When stymied by the use of “Smart Carbon” already on the internet, I brainstormed ideas with my daughter, and she quickly came up with adding “Super” – a perfect beginning!