One afternoon, I was powering through my workout – I realized that surrounding me were multiple moms and their daughters of various ages, all under ten. As I looked around, I could not help but wonder what interests would these young girls gravitate to when they were older. Now, more than ever (well, at least since I was their age) – companies are seeing the value of providing STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) inspired toy and programs especially for young girls. These types of toys and programs lead to more emotional and academic success. Personally, I have always been interested in science, arts and technology. Yet, I never excelled at math and even in Grad school, my main take-away from accounting was to hire a smart accountant. Had my confidence and outlook have been developed around mathematics when I was younger, perhaps I would not continually dread it to this very day. Check out some of these brands developed play based learning toys and programs to spark interest and boost creative critical thinking skills:
STEM at Play™ YUM! Candy making lab kit from Hand2mind® allows girls to test colorful, yummy formulas that they can eat. There are 16 experiments included, such as how to make jelly hearts, worms and crystal “rock” candy lollipops. You can even learn how to check the amount of sugar in a soft drink. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like candy? And if you can learn at the same time – it’s a win-win.
One of my favorite everyday piece of jewelry is a necklace my friend made for me with a cut stone with a gold trim. I have no idea how she made it but this, Grow your own crystal jewelry kit from Klutz, will help any budding jeweler hone in on their craft. Find out about the art as well as the science by working with minerals and crystals in a fun way.
How I wished that this was invented when I was young! This award winning kit from the company founded by former Google engineers Pramod Sharma and Jerome Scholler,was recently updated for 2019. The OSMO Genius Starter Kit comes with OSMO Base for iPad or Amazon Fire, Tangram pieces, Numbers tiles, Words tiles, Stackable storage for each game & 5 STEM-focused game apps. Although these games help with problem solving, math and spelling, additional modules can be purchased to offer variety. One of my favourites includes, Coding Jams, where kids create music with codein an open-ended music studio with dozens of characters and instruments.
Speaking of coding and women. Over the last two years, Dresscode has exposed over 3000 women of all ages to coding and STEM, by way of their fashionable bracelets that have computer science code strings from different languages on them. Enter the code on the bracelet, to the website to unlock different lessons that teach the user how to code. The current curriculum includes lessons HTML, CSS and Java Script. It’s a great way to mesh fashion and technology to educate women and girls about computer science and coding.
Coming soon! Be sure to watch out for this animated girl empowerment brand, The Charmsters. The Charmsters are 3D interchangeable ethnically-diverse paper dolls for the next generation. They can be worn as backpack or handbag charms with mix-and-match removable clothing and accessories that tell a story of its owner’s individuality.The Charmsters are genuine and non-stereotypical with their girl squad values and are STEAM-based even right down to their names with Entrepreneur Ella, Architect Aaliyah, Coder Cora, Reporter Rita, Blogger Bailey, and Innovator Ivy. With a large product line ahead, the Charmsters are ready to run the world.
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