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1/30/17 10:26AM

STEM Advocate and Science Cheerleader, Talmesha Richards Ph.D., Visits Witter Elementary in Tampa

Richards challenged stereotypes and encouraged the students to pursue STEM careers

Tampa, Fla. – On January 13, 2017, Talmesha Richards Ph.D., chief academic and diversity officer at STEMconnector and Science Cheerleader in Washington D.C., addressed students and teachers at Witter Elementary School in Tampa.

Dr. Richards shared her personal story with students and teachers to challenge stereotypes and encourage the students to pursue STEM careers. She also shared insights on motivating kids by pairing gaming with education, and using TiViTz, the popular math game to spark kids’ interest in STEM.

“Games open up a world where STEM is not perceived as hard but rather as fun,” said Dr. Richards. “In 2017, tablet and computer based games will continue to strengthen their presence in the classroom. Kids learn in so many different ways and non-traditional options like games will appeal to a whole new set of future STEM professionals.”

“STEMconnector is proud to work with our member TiViTz because it is such a strong example of how blending gaming with math and strategy can produce measurable results for kids,” said Dr. Richards. “In fact, recent reports have shown that students who play TiViTz can improve their math scores by as much as 30 percentile points.”

Dr. Richards joined TiViTz creator Steve Scully at Witter Elementary to help launch the new TiViTz Microsoft Office 365 Challenge. Students in classrooms at Witter Elementary and across Hillsborough County are playing TiViTz through O365 to win prizes. Learn more at

To see the video of Dr. Richards’ presentation, click here.

About Talmesha Richards

Dr. Richards earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from the John Hopkins School of Medicine. As an NFL Cheerleader with the Ravens and Redskins for eight years, Richards is also a member of Science Cheerleaders, a group of professional cheerleaders in STEM careers working to inspire young people to connect with science and consider STEM careers. As an executive at STEMconnector, she manages a portfolio of projects including the STEM Higher Education Council and the global strategy for Million Women Mentors.

About TiViTz

The TiViTz math and strategy game motivates kids by pairing gaming with STEM education. On tablets, at home and in classrooms, TiViTz taps into the intrinsic motivation of children to create an approach to mathematical learning that is fun, challenging, and competitive. More than 400,000 students and more than 10,000 teachers agree — TiViTz makes math FUN!

What does STEM Connector do?

STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM” through a comprehensive website and portfolio of products that connect national, state and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of STEM-related entities and details ‘Who is Doing What’ in STEM education throughout the world.

Nancy Summers

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