Closing the gender gap in STEM can begin as early as the preschool years with new picture book series inspired by women in STEM.
Naples, FL - The push to equalize the gender gap in STEM is a hot topic across the nation. In fact, creating more opportunities for women in STEM was among the first bills signed by President Trump. While progress is being made with stronger university recruitment programs and the introduction of STEM curriculum in schools during the teen or preteen years, research tells us that introduction to STEM needs to begin much earlier.
A recent study shows that confidence, not ability, is the primary driver behind a girl’s reluctance to pursue STEM fields. Which isn’t surprising considering further research that shows by the age of six, little girls may already begin doubting their own intelligence. In the quest to close the gender gap in STEM, it may be wise to focus more effort on these early years, long before self doubt and stereotypes begin pushing girls away.
That’s the mission behind STEM Girls Books™, a series of picture books designed to introduce young girls – ages 3-8 – to the exciting possibilities of STEM. With today’s Kickstarter launch, a grassroots crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise the remaining funds needed to bring the first three STEM Girls Books to market before the end of summer.
“Our stories don’t try to change little girls, rather they tap into their natural curiosity and talents,” said Kristi Grigsby, founder of STEM Girls Books. “In this way we can introduce careers that they may not have otherwise considered. For example, a passion for cooking and playing ‘dress up’ with makeup is an ideal opportunity to introduce chemistry. In contrast, a little girl who loves to tinker and help Dad fix things around the house will see how these traits can lead to a fun career in engineering.”
One of the unique features of STEM Girls Books is that they are inspired by women in STEM. As part of the research process, STEM Girls Books surveys successful women in STEM and publishes the stories on the website. Grigsby added, “These interviews have become such a valuable resource for parents and teachers alike who are also learning and finding inspiration from the stories shared. With greater knowledge, they are better equipped to nurture STEM interest and help build the confidence that girls need to go after their dreams.”
To join this effort and help the STEM Girls Books team inspire the next generation of STEM dreamers, visit the Kickstarter campaign. Learn more about STEM Girls Books at www.STEMGirlsBooks.com.
Kristi Grigsby, Founder
STEM Girls Books
Please use the contact form or email directly (grigsbykristi at gmail extension).