Geek of the Week – Meagen Voss
Meagen Voss is Geek of the Week! Meagen has spent the past three years offering up her talents in both Kramden’s refurbishing warehouse and classroom. Thank you, Meagen, for your support and dedication to Kramden’s mission!
Favorite Geek Books: There are too many for me to list. So I’ll just note that the most recent nerdy adventure I enjoyed was The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal. It has everything: space, intrigue and heroic engineers!
Favorite Geek TV Show: The show that I rewatch over and over again is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Technology is very rudimentary in the Avatar world but the characters were still huge geeks because of how willing they were to improvise, experiment, and invent new things.
Favorite Geek Movie: Captain Marvel is my new favorite. Not only does it include space elements but it has so much 90s nostalgia, I had to haul out my pogs collection after watching it.
Favorite Website: To be honest, it’s Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning). Every time I need to learn a new skill or coding language, I usually start there.
What is the geekiest thing about you? I write my own fiction adventures and insert easter eggs for readers to find as they read to encourage them to hack the code. I’m planning to launch a self-published project some time next year.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? Knowing that the work I’m doing will help give kids a shot at understanding technology even more deeply than I did at their age. I didn’t learn to code until I was in my 30s. I strongly believe that’s a skill kids should be learning in elementary school.
Best Kramden Moment? Showing a student how to use the terminal in Endless and watching her squeal with delight. I think a new developer (or hacker???) was born that day.
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? For work, I spend my time translating geek speak to business speak as a marketing and technical writer for IBM. For fun, I crochet, write fiction, hike in the mountains and spend as much time as I can cuddling with my old cat Disco.