These 2 Women Quit Corporate America to Tackle STEM Education

These 2 Women Quit Corporate America to Tackle STEM Education

(Greenwich Time, 3/24/17)

On any given day, Camilla Gazal and Flavia Naslausky head to work at one of their three Zaniac STEM after-school education locations, all of them splashed in bright colors, littered with toys and games – chess sets, bingo boards, and Jenga blocks, for example – and brimming with high-tech gadgets like 3-D printers and Mac computers. Oh, and the one other thing you’re likely to find in droves: children.

“What kids love when they come to Zaniac is that the technology is all accessible to them,” said Naslausky, who with Gazal launched and now run three locations for Zaniac, an upstart company that through in-person programming seeks to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fun and accessible for children. “They walk in here and it might look like an Apple store, but it’s an Apple store where they can get their hands dirty.”

It’s a stark contrast from the work environments Gazal and Naslausky – both Brazilian-Americans – left behind on Wall Street to launch their intertwined entrepreneurial careers.

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