This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Do the toys our kids play with today determine their future?
How a software developer, Maverick surfer, and dyslexic advocate looks at gender difference from the history of toys and how they can affect our spatial reasoning and influence girls into going more into science and technology fields
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Jenna Connolly is one of the few women on the planet that has successfully surfed the famed big wave surfing spot, Mavericks, located at Half Moon Bay in northern California.
Jenna was born and raised in southern California, where she discovered her true daredevil nature as a young girl. She currently resides in Arizona where she is a Web programmer and creator of various mobile apps.
Jenna is the founder and manager of Dyslexic Like Me, an organization that provides resources and information for dyslexic individuals. Drawing from her personal challenges, Jenna provides an authentic perspective that provides support and encouragement to others with dyslexia.
Jenna is currently developing a unique line of skateboards that re-create the surfing experience for surfing enthusiasts that live inland. Her other interests include reading classic literature, volunteering for animal causes, surf-skating and swimming.
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