If you look at the statistics, you will see there is a huge disparity in the number of females going into STEM related careers.
Not sure what STEM even is? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Thanks to stereotypes with the backing of centuries, most girls feel completely incapable of being apart of one of these fields.
How to Empower Girls to go into STEM Related Careers with the American Girl Girl of the Year – Luciana
*This post is sponsored by American Girl.
Start early! Many preschools and elementary schools are not implementing STEM related programs into their curriculum. I know our own school district has hired a STEM coordinator and STEM will now be a major part of the curriculum starting in the 2018-2019 school year! If your school district or preschool does not have a program, no worries. Check your local library or search for STEM after school programs or camps in your area.
Make STEM apart of your family’s life. Visit science museums, planetariums, aquariums, zoos and other excursions that get your kids thinking who, what, where and why!
Pick up fun new toys! Magnets, building blocks, science kits and even construction like art supplies (straws, pipe cleaners, tape, paper towels holders and more) are awesome!
Find books and story characters that have female STEM related characters your daughter can relate to.
Be an example of change. Older girls and women need to start being a positive example and role model to younger girls, that STEM is cool, interesting and that we aren’t afraid to explore the STEM fields!
Our favorite new doll who exemplifies all of the above? The American Girl Girl of the Year doll – Luciana Vega.
Luciana is a “champion of STEM and a natural-born leader who puts her whole heart into making her dreams a reality,” says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl.
Luciana is the latest in American Girl’s long line of inspiring characters that encourage girls to think about who they want to be and how they want to make their mark in the world—no matter the challenges they may face. In Luciana, girls will meet a creative, confident 11-year-old girl and aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars. And, while she has the skills and smarts to achieve her goals, she also learns that being a good leader and team player right here on Earth is the best first step.
Luciana’s world comes to life via a beautiful 18-inch Luciana™ doll, featuring warm brown eyes, medium skin, and dark brown hair with a distinctive purple streak to show off her creative side. Other STEM-inspired outfits, accessories, and products that reflect her Space Camp® experience include Luciana’s Flight Suit and Space Suit, her Maker Station, and a Mars Habitat loaded with science and research essentials for hours of pretend play. And—for the first time—girls can further engage in Luciana’s world by downloading the American Girl app and scanning her catalogue pages and products to unlock exclusive content, including augmented reality, trailers and videos, space simulations, quizzes and challenges, and much more.