Kelly Powers is a teacher of Computer Science at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough, MA. She has taught Computer Science for the past 14 years and serves as Computer Science Department Chair and curriculum leader at the Advanced Math and Science Academy, grades 6-12. Prior to teaching, Kelly worked as a large systems computing specialist for IBM, John Hancock, and Harvard University. Kelly is also the current co-president of the Greater Boston Computer Science Teachers Association Chapter. As a passionate educator, Kelly’s goal is to engage all students in the joy of learning how to think computationally and build student’s confidence in solving problems. In particular, Kelly has taken advantage of many outreach programs to increase girls participation in computing. Her latest projects include building a Robotics team consisting of mostly 8th grade females and recruiting 30 high school females to participate in a 10 week “Technovation Challenge” sponsored by Iridescent Learning at Google Cambridge, MA.