The SHINE for Girls programming was created by Kirin Sinha, a recent female MIT graduate in Theoretical Mathematics and Electrical Engineering / Computer Science and recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Sinha also holds a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and Masters in Statistics with a focus on machine learning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sinha currently attends Stanford's Graduate School of Business and is pursuing her MBA.
In addition to teaching and tutoring, Sinha began specifically developing math curriculum for women after noticing that she was the only woman not only in her math classes, but also winning national math competitions. After working with after-school programs in Cambridge, MA, she noticed girls would use the word "can't" when boys would use "don't." The subtle difference between "I can't get this problem. I can't do fractions." and "I don't get this problem" led to the creation of SHINE for Girls.
She recognized in order to shine in math a girl needed to 1) want to excel and believe in her capability to do so and 2) be provided with the tools to succeed. Her background as a professional level dancer gave Sinha the inspiration and unique background to create an entirely new approach to teaching mathematics. From these experiences, and after years of honing the curriculum, SHINE for Girls was created.