Women Mentors

Woodworking, electronics, mechatronics, robotics and physics are not areas that abound in women hobbyists. However, there are some that have informative Youtube channels.

I have used the term mentor to refer to a person who teaches by showing, as in: “Do what I do, not what I say.” At the moment, I am suffering from Reader’s Block. That means that I am finding it increasingly difficult to read long books, because they just aren’t rewarding. I find it better to spend my time watching videos that show how to do something. In contrast to many (but not all) men, women are better able to explain why they are doing particular things.

Mentor: Dianna Cowern

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/physicswoman

Physics Girl is a channel about physics, astronomy and science-related topics. The show features fun DIY demos, unusual and cutting-edge research, space and expert interviews.

Mentor: Simone Giertz

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KEoMzNz8eYnwBC34RaKCQ

Simone’s specialty is robotics, especially those that work badly. She is more concerned about operational issues, than constructing robots. Simone is Swedish.

Mentor: Laura Kampf

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRix1GJvSBNDpEFY561eSzw Website: http://laurakampf.com

Laura lives in Köln, Germany. She works with wood, metal and other materials. She has just completed a series about making a tiny house on wheels.

Mentor: Linn Orvar

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/darbinorvar Website: http://www.darbinorvar.com

The channel name is Darbin Orvar, but it is named after a dog, Darwin. The human is Linn, who is a Swede living in Oregon. This is a basic woodworking youtube channel.

Mentor: Danielle Thé

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDanslo

This channel will never replace Explaining Computers, but it does have provide a young, female perspective on the broader issues of computing.

Mentor: April Wilkerson

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AprilWilkersonDIY Website: https://wilkerdos.com/

April is more of a DIYer than a woodworker. In some projects she welds, or is out in the garden.

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