Terri, a lifelong maker of things and user of power tools, moved to San Francisco in 1996 to pursue a career in the highly technical field of digital animation. Shipping more than 10 games, a television show, and a ride film, as well as working on countless shelved projects, Terri worked as animator, art director, creator, writer, wrangler, manager, and general digital artist (which included writing code) while mastering highly technical and ever evolving software as one of the few women in her industry. Sometimes, she was the only woman in the entire building! Which did make the bathroom lines shorter... The birth of her children shuffled Terri's priorities and put to use her love of building as she tried to fit two kids into a San Francisco sized home. Lots of custom furniture sprouted up, and many costumes were created. Watching her brilliant daughter refuse a Lego summer camp because "all the boys make fun of her," and remembering her own experiences as a woman who loves technology, coupled with a desire to pass along her love of Making to her children, inspired Terri to create Renegade Girls' Tinkering Club with her friend Vicky. Terri, representing for Technology and Art, comes from a brood of successful STEAM women; one sister is a veterinarian and oncology researcher, another is literally a rocket scientist - a mechanical engineer working on spacecraft, and a third who is currently studying medicine. They all hope the girls of today will have an easier time discovering and pursuing their love of science and technology as tomorrow's women.
Vicky, who always loved math and science, was first frustrated when her father taught only her brother how to tinker. Vicky moved to the Bay Area in 1989 after earning a BS with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. She worked for GE in the field of nuclear power for five years before earning her MBA from Stanford University and switching to biopharmaceuticals, where she worked with various startups and at Genentech for 8 years. Vicky then returned to her roots in engineering when she co-founded Gooseling and taught herself to program video game apps for kids while working with friend Terri. One morning play date at the Exploratorium, Vicky’s son took over the marble run building from Terri’s daughter, coupled with Terri’s daughter’s refusal to take Lego Engineering with said boy, inspired Vicky to partner with Terri to make math and engineering fun and accessible to girls.