With a STEM-loving daughter (and STEAM as it’s now being called by some, because yay Arts too!), you can bet I’m always on the hunt for cool STEM gifts for girls. And, while we’ve come a long way in the last few years, I still find that great ones can be tough to find. Just take a look at the racks at clothing stores and toy shops. Eep. I know I’m not the only one who sees awesome science or computer tees filed under “boys” and thinks, hey-0 my daughter would love that!
So on behalf of our sponsor GoldieBlox, who launched three new toy kits in time for the holiday season designed specifically to build more girls’ interest and confidence in basic engineering and problem-solving skills, we’ve rounded-up cool STEM gifts for girls. Our criteria: STEM gifts that our own girls would dig. And yeah, plenty that our STEM-loving boys would be into too.
Don’t miss a special giveaway for Cool Mom Picks readers below!
Cool STEM T-shirts and Clothing
I’m so excited by the growing number of super cool STEM t-shirts for girls that are available for girls, like this Vostok 6 Astronaut t-shirt (pictured) which is also on sale right now.
For your little scientist, check out this line of rad science shirts that will have her learning while she’s wearing. They’re gender neutral too, making them perfect for girls or boys on your list.
And for your stargazing tween or teen (that’s astronomy, not astrology), these space print scarves and tunics are amazing. Though you might want to snatch one up for yourself; I’m pretty sure that if my own tween had this scarf I’d be borrowing it.
STEM Games + Kits
We’re blown away by all the cool, affordable STEM games and kits that are increasingly available these days, like the new kits from our sponsor GoldieBlox that just came out recently, and are already making quite the stir with parents.
My own daughter is a big fan of the The Zipline Action Figure. The kit allows kids to actually create a zipline for Goldie, who’s designed to be more like an action figure than a traditional fashion doll, with bendable hips, knees and joints. The kit is certainly a nice change from the lounge chairs and kitchen sets we’re used to seeing in the toy aisles, and hey, ziplines are cool!
Also, the Goldieblox and the Builder’s Survival Kit is filled with more than 190 pieces designed to give tween inventors the tools to create at their own level and pace. They have a choice of following the ideas and prompts included in the kit or to go out on their own and get creative with all those wheel hubs, axles, elbow joints, and T-joints. Isn’t that where all the magic happens?
One other terrific kit that’s less about building and more about researching is this super cool pocket-sized collections of rare specimens from Mini Museum. The acrylic-housed collections really are like mini museums, with teeny samples of meteorite, lunar rock, dinosaur eggs, 40 million year-old insects in amber, and more. (Yes, it’s all real.) You can also house it in a hard-cover booklet for easier sharing. Or really, showing off to friends.
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STEM Jewelry Gifts
Ever since we started Cool Mom Tech, we’ve been showing off fantastic STEM jewelry finds that let us wear our love for STEM on our fingers, earlobes, and around our necks. I’ve been geeking out over this adorable microscope necklace on Etsy which makes a great stocking stuffer at just $15.99.
Another cool option: the upcycled circuit board heart necklace that’s designed by a self proclaimed “artistic engineer and fashionista scientist.” We can get behind that.
While I’m seeing ear cuffs and ear pins everywhere these days, I haven’t seen any like this clever big dipper ear pin for your older girls with pierced ears. Just know it ships from an Etsy shop based in the Phillipines so order soon! But the shop reviews are fantastic, as are the designs.
Our most recent jewelry find is this gorgeous architectural jewelry, which was designed specifically to introduce girls to the concept of wood joinery through the shapes of matching sets of studs. Hey, who said jewelry couldn’t be educational?
STEM Classes + Membership Gifts
While it might take a bit of research, there are plenty of cool coding and programming classes for girls popping up all over the country, probably even in your own ‘hood. You could sign your young programmer or coder up for a 3-D design class (shown here: girls getting to know MakerBot 3-D printing), video game programming, or if your kids are anything like mine, a Minecraft programming course.
Also, you can look ahead to summer and book your kids for STEM summer camp now, like the new overnight Tech Camps from ID Tech just for tweens and teens. You can even save some money by registering them right now, just in time for a fun surprise holiday gift.
I love the idea of gifting a membership to a local science museum, like California’s World of Wonders Science Museum (shown here) which is something your whole family could enjoy. To make it special, plan out a day that includes lunch together and a little shopping spree at the museum gift shop–one of our own favorite places to shop for holiday and birthday gifts.
Another idea: pop the membership card and a set of awesome Tattly science tattoos in a card together. You can even pair the membership with any of the tees, toys, or other gifts here. What a truly special way to show a kid you support and encourage her interests now and in the future.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’ve got a cool Goldieblox Prize Pack (value $130) up for grabs for one lucky reader. Just leave a comment and tell us your own female STEM role model (alive or deceased, famous or not) and why she has inspired you. Enter by this Wednesday, November 12, by 11:59pm EST. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random.
And thanks to our sponsor GoldieBlox for helping us get more girls excited about STEM education and opportunities.
My favorite STEM role model is my 9th grade science teacher, Mrs Platt. She made it fun and more importantly made sure we knew there were no differences between boys and girls when it came to science.
Oh and also, have you seen this – http://www.yellow-scope.com/. so cool!
I think my favorite STEM role model is probably Marie Curie, even though that sorta feels like the easy answer. I admire her determination and perseverance.
My favorite stem role model is Christa MacAullif. A teacher like me who inspired her students and modeled a passion for learning.
I never had a STEM role model, I was always just interested in it and now my children (thanks to a good STEM summer program) are started to be interested to.
My favorite STEM Role Model is Sally Ride – she literally broke the glass ceiling and thought little girls everywhere they could be anything they wanted and Science wasn’t just for boys.
Tita Merello, tango singer in a field and time where they were al male singers. I love her!
My favorite STEM role model is my daughter, Andrea. It took her a couple years to build up the confidence she needed to follow her passion, but now she is pursuing a degree in physics. I love that she is always sharing new information with us, that she has so much fun with it, and that she’s found something that keeps her so curious and makes her so happy. And that she’ll do great things for the world!
Ellen Swallow Richards, for being the first female student at MIT and then professor. Also for her ecology work.
Favorite STEM role model: Rachel Carson – an inspiring environmentalist.
Rachel Carson is the first name that comes to mind. Her work in the environmental science field, and the book that she wrote, is awe inspiring. She had fierce critics, and very little support in her field, yet she persevered!!!!
There is a great book out there called Girls Who Looked Under Rocks. If you want to introduce your children to more women in the Environmental Science Field, it’s worth a read!
I never knew of any female scientists until recently when I hear about Marie Curie. I blows my mind that she was so much ahead of her time.
My favorite STEM role model was my grandmother, who also happened to be my 8th grade chemistry teacher. She was very hands on trying to teach all kids that Science is cool!
One of my STEM heroines has always been Jane Goodall because of her unwavering dedication to protecting chimpanzees, as well as her environmental activism and humanitarian efforts.
My STEM role model is Megan Smith – former Google executive recently named as the Federal Chief Technology Officer.
Ada Lovelace credited as THE first computer programmer.
Amelia Earhart… Leader in flight and a pioneer in her field.
Wow. Hard to pick one female STEM role model when so many led me to a career in engineering. I remember reading about Shankuntala Devi in my brother’s copy of a 1980’s Guinness Book of World Records as young girl and thinking that being good at math was awesome. I never became a human calculator, but I knew that a girl could beat a computer made by man.
Amelia Earhart springs to mind for her pioneering spirit and passion.
I am all about Ada Lovelace. I hadn’t heard of her before a couple of years ago. But I ran across her name in a vignette and was incredibly surprised to find she was credited with being the first programmer. (My programmer husband – he “vaguely” recognized her name. Possibly.)
So now, we’re introducing computing and coding to our 4.5 year old daughter – experiences foreign to even me until a year ago – in hopes that she’ll be able to add it to her problem-solving arsenal as she grows.
I have to say Ursula Burns. She has an engineering background and was the first African American woman CEO of Xerox. $22 billion a year!
my daughter really admires her aunts. One is an obgyn the other is getting her PhD in neuroscience at UCLA. Great female roll models right in our own family!! She would LOVE to win a Goldie set!
Favorite STEM role model is Emmy Noether, who paved the path for other women to study in higher education for STEM subjects. Albert Einstein referred to her as “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”
My gramma Stella. She worked side-by-side with her husband to build their house — with their own two hands, they did everything — plumbing, electrical, tiling, taking out and transplanting trees — all of it! When she cooked she taught us the math and science concepts that figured into whatever we were helping with. Sewing, crocheting, embroidery, anything we were doing had the math and science with it. My grampa did this too. Neither one of them called anything “women’s work” or “men’s work”. They did whatever was needed at the time, and made it more fun by explaining all the math and science in it. Including teaching us to play pool by explaining the geometry and physics in each shot!
In college, my STEM role model was Thea Musgrave, one of the first women composers to use technology in innovate ways in her music.
My namesake, Amelia Earhart (my dad is a pilot). She proved my suspicion that women could do anything men could do, and inspired me to follow my own interests, whatever they might be.
This is fabulous. I am a neuroscientist, science is my passion but now I just found a new one: my future little baby girl.
One STEM role model? Marie Anne Paulze (aka) Lavoisier http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Anne_Paulze_Lavoisier
Incredible woman. She made all possible, she was in the shadow hidden behind him (hey, and no complains) but in fact she was giding it all and making discoveries possible. Even after his death. Pure science dedication and passion with no public recognition whatsoever. Science and experimentation as a mindset, a life choice, your own way.
I hope my daughter can live/feel/experience science with the same passion as I do (or Marie-Anne did) 🙂
My favorite STEM role model was my aunt, Lani Uhry. Not only a mother to two great kids (now adults and parents themselves), a devoted wife to my paralyze Uncle, business owner and marine science teacher at the Audubon Society. Her favorite saying was “Yummy, yummy mud,” as we dug into the low tide marine goo looking for all sorts of things.
Amelia Earhart for her pioneering spirit!
Mine was the lovely Bobbi Romine who I was graced with for three years of HS Biology– she even hosted slumber party review sessions for girls (the perks of small schools!). My girls are looking up to their amazing Auntie Erynn, Chemist extraordinaire.
I’ve always admired Amelia Earhart for doing what she loved and proving women could do the same things men could. Great post! Love these!
Mine is a friend and colleague named Melissa Lavin, who created this amazing STEM based educational competition for kids and invited me to help her develop it. It turned me, a self-proclaimed words lover who was afraid of math and science, into a true science geek and kids in STEM advocate. I feel like I am having a second childhood where I have the confidence to embrace my natural curiosity and love for science…an attitude my young kids are also benefitting from.
Hedy Lamarr. Beauty and brains!
As a chemistry teacher, I have to say Marie Curie. Her dedication is inspiring.
Because we just constructed a new home, my STEM model now is our architect, Kathy Jones. When she was growing up, she was told she could only be a nurse or teacher. She decided something different when she grew up!
My role model is actually my 7 year old daughter, Gabi. She is always searching, questioning, challening, learning, growing. I am in awe and so inspired by her!
I never had a STEM role model growing up. I was really into Chemistry in HS, but it never seemed like a career option for me (it was definitely never suggested/mentioned by my Counselor as one). Now, 20ish years later with regrets that I did not pursue it and with a child of my own that is interested in similar things I know what I need to do to help her succeed and pursue these areas.
My female STEM role model is Ms. Estrada, a teacher I work with at my school. She makes the sciences come alive for her students.
Marie curie, she was the first female scientist I ever studied…she opened up my world and the possibilities were endless!
Kari Byron from Mythbusters has helped make science interesting and fun.
Rachel Carson, brave and such an inspiration
One of my Science role models was a local lady named, Gladys Black. She was an ornithologist and conservationist long before her time. She always took the time to teach about her favorite birds and the threats to their health. She wrote many books throughout her long life.
My Algebra teacher, Mrs. Chadwick. It was the 2nd time I had to take Algebra I. I switched schools and they had me re-take the course. I failed it the year before. She was so enthusiastic and instilled a love of math in me at age 15 that has stuck with me. I passed that year with an A and never failed a math class or even test after that again.
My role model is my best friend who has worked as a high school teacher, park ranger, physics professor, and is constantly researching green energy options.
I’ve always greatly admired Lillian Gilbreth. She didn’t live in a time that made innovation easy for women, but she just kind of rocked it anyhow. Inventor and efficiency expert; she is the person responsible for putting shelves in refrigerators! And like a lot of other awesome stuff.
I don’t know if this counts but I think of Madeleine L’Engle.
I love to watch children explore playgrounds–physics, math, biology, engineering, etc. playgrounds are about so much more than structures. My daughter learns so much from being outside and loves to share her knowledge. She is 6, but a budding scientist. I love and admire that kid for her curiosity, her determination, and her willingness to share her observations of the world around her.
Oops, double post, sorry. Guess my STEM inabilities are showing!
Will be introducing my almost 6 year old who loves animals to Jane Goodall soon!
I think it’s so great that you’re promoting STEM for young girls…and honestly – I think I want that scarf for myself, how cool?!?!
My favorite STEM role model is astronomer Caroline Herschel!
Jane Goodall…I’ve always been fascinated with her life, devoted to research and communication with animals.
My friend and sorority sister who is involved in creating STEM after school activities for elementary school aged girls! she is changing the way these girls see themselves and their abilities!
Grace Hopper, female pioneer in the world of computers.
My STEM role model is Rachel Carson.
One of my fellow teachers is all about STEM. She also turned my own son onto science! This would be an awesome kit for her to share with her scholars!
My fave STEM role model would be the college Algebra professor I had. Until that point in my life, I had HATED math. It was hard for me to focus and I got horrible test anxiety. She was caring and worked with me, patiently. She helped to make me more confident in math and I learned to love it. I wish more teachers, male or female, would have been like that in my earlier years. I try to instill that same love in my daughter. I don’t think any female should be afraid of any math or science. Work those brains, girls!! You won’t regret it!
My best friend, Carrie hall! She’s got her phd in engineering!
I do not have ONE particular female STEM role model. Instead, I admire all the young girls that follow their dreams and submerse themselves within science and engineering fields.
Rosalind Franklin was a great female STEM role model. Thx!
Carolyn Porco is an amazing planetary scientist whom both my daughters and myself admire greatly.
Marie Curie lived such an interesting life. She was ahead of her time
Without a doubt, my STEM role model is my mother who, 50 years ago, was the ONLY woman in the engineering program at University. With a lifetime of science research behind her, she is an inspiration not to just myself but my children as well.
I never had a STEM role model but as a teacher I try to introduce a new STEM or STEAM activity every 2 to 3 weeks
Hedy Lamarr. She was gorgeous AND had a brain!!
My STEM role model was probably my engineering teacher in my high school because she believed that I could be whatever I wanted even if I was 1 of only 3 girls in an engineering class full of boys!
My role model in the past was my high school Physics teacher- she really opened my eyes to the world of science and I worked so hard for her. I wasn’t a natural at science but I got all A’s from her! My current role model is my daughter, Madeline, who is in a middle school STEM magnet and she loves it! She has a creative mind and is always inventing things- she got accepted into the program by creating several useful pieces of origami in her interview! She teaches me new things every day!
My first role model in science was my 11th & 12th grade Chemistry teacher, Ms Madsen. The year she began teaching High School Chemistry, she started with only 6 kids in the A.P. Chemistry program, which grew to over 40 kids the following year; the largest A.P. Chemistry class in the state! She was vibrant and sarcastic and funny and made being smart look so cool! She not only taught us Chemistry, but would hold class meetings on things like how to apply for college and what to put on our scholarship applications. I owe so much to her!
My 10th grade science teacher, Jeanie Baker. Jeanie was a wonderful role model, she taught her students that everyone both boys and girls could succeed and excel in science. She went on and took me to Florida (we loved in PA) for the summer. While there she took me to all the behind the scenes, out of the way places to learn about STEM. This was over 25 years ago and before the parks had behind the scenes options, she called in favors so I could have the experience of a lifetime. Because of her I have my degrees in biology and environmental studies. Thank you Jeanie!
My STEM hero was my elementary school GT teacher, Mrs. Berry. She made exposed us to so many awesome ways to enjoy math and science.
My 7 year old daughter is my STEM role model. (She lives and breathes science every day.) She recently skipped 2 grades (2nd and 3rd) and is in a fourth grade gifted class. Her teacher is an inspirational woman who LOVES science. She incorporates STEM projects into every element of the day. She and my daughter are avid scientists who explore, discuss and challenge each student everyday. Kudos to my daughter as she focuses on doing hands on experiments daily and claims she’d like to find the cure for cancer one day. Besides setting goals for herself she is also a self proclaimed fashionista and ooh’d and ahh’d at each item listed in your article.
Hedy Lammar. Did it all with class. (Without her I couldn’t be typing this to u from my couch
Our STEM hero is astronaut Kaplana Chawla who was a UT Arlington alum and astronaut who died in the Columbia explosion.
my stem role model was my grandmother Dina. Her love was chemistry- but she was afraid she wouldn’t find a job- so she became one of the first female medical students in soviet Russia under Stalin. She defected to Persia and was a women and children’s doctor there for 7 years before immigrating to the USA where she became a GP in NY state. She maintained her medical license into her 90s! I have her russian and persian medical diploma’s on my office wall… I know she has inspired me and I hope she will also inspire my budding scientist daughter!
I didn’t really have a STEM roll model which is why I’m doing all that I can for my three girls.
Favorite STEM roll model? Probably my older sister, as I technically followed her down the computer programming path 🙂
My favorite STEM role model was and is my mother – from the time I can first remember she was sharing the wonders of the natural world with my brother and I, from finding snake eggs, to disecting a mole, to lying on the lawn and picking out stars. An amazing example I try to emulate for my girls.
I can’t say I had a STEM role model however I’ve had a few amazing teachers like my high school biology teacher, Nancy Cordts, and my college biology professor though I cannot recall her name but I do remember her lessons! Now, I’m amazed by my kindergarten daughter & her blooming interest & knowledge. Sometimes she tells me she just likes to think about numbers & other times it’s fun to watch her play with worms. 🙂
My first STEM roll model was my high school Biology teacher, Mrs. Huey. Her classes were so much fun and she was such a wonderful woman!
Dame Jane Goodall, who lived with Tanzanian chimps when that just wasn’t ladylike at all!
My brother’s girlfriend is a huge STEM role model to me. Her bravery and passion in her field is contagious!
One of our dearest family friends in an analytical chemist. She inspires me and my daughters by making science cool and by pointing out all of the influential, amazing women scientists of past and present.
My favorite female STEM role model is Amelia Earhart!
My STEM role model was Deborah Bergstrand, my math prof my first semester at college. She was my inspiration to major in math and to stand up against all the unconscious sexism in the department.
Favorite STEM role model is my big sis who is now going back to school to be a science teacher.
I’ve never had a STEM role model, but would like to be one to my granddaughters! I am excited to show them that girls are MORE than princesses!
My STEM role model is definitely Sylvia Earle. She’s so passionate about the oceans, and if anyone will save them it’s her. Especially because I want to be a marine biologist, Sylvia Earle is my hero in everything!
My favorite STEM role model is my daughter, Brooke! She is in 8th grade and is studying for a life science test that will be taken Thursday! Good Luck! I know you will do great!
My grandmother was the first chemist in the family. I am the second.
My STEM role model is my co-worker Dede Reichart!! She teaches 7th and 8th grade science and makes it awesome for the kids!!
I didn’t have any female STEM role models growing up, and as others have commented, I was never raised to believe that women were allowed to be anything but a teacher, a secretary or maybe a nurse. In my town opportunities were limited for learning were limited, especially in poorer neighborhoods, or when the school system knew your family was not wealthy enough to send you to college. Girls especially were discouraged and sometimes blocked from taking any advanced science courses. I am very glad times have changed, and that my daughters will have a better chance at learning whatever it is they choose to study. I will be happy as long as they are doing what makes them happy. As for myself I am still in love with science, and though I never got to be an Astrophysicist like I dreamed of being as a kid, I am very happy that girls nowadays will have that opportunity to go farther in life than I was given the chance to.
Our role model is Mrs. Michelle Buscaino- Crow who has taught my daughter in her Leadership class this past 2 years and was promoted to be the Steam Magnet Coordinator at Richard Henry Dana Middle School. She is a dedicated teacher and a true mentor to All.
My 7&8th grade science teacher. She taught me so much, and took special interest in me, which encouraged me to love science for life. I stayed after-school a lot and measured all the chemicals and made sure they were fresh and that there was enough for future class projects. Thank you Mrs. Casarotti
Elisa Miller is our role model. She is an up and coming chemist who happens to be our cousin too! We might not understand everything she is doing out in Denver but we sure are proud!
STEM role models are the two coordinators at our school, Ms.Angel and Ms. Nicole…their knowledge is amazing, but their passion is really what gets everyone excited!
Favorite STEM role model: Rachel Carson. Thanks!
My favorite STEM role model is my high school science teacher Mrs. Burdette. She gave us all that “can do” attitude that every high school girl needs! Her lessons gave me a lifelong interest in the working parts of the world around me and inspired me to pursue a degree in science and teaching!
My mom is a retired math teacher. She taught 8h graders math for more than 30 years and worked her hardest to make it fun and engaging. She used origami as a part of her geometry lessons and worked out a big project for the kids to calculate the costs of things they would need if they moved out (as so many kids that age fantasize about doing).
Mine was my high school science teacher, Mrs. Erickson. Her love of science taught me that it wasn’t just a boy’s subject. I even minored in science when I got my teaching degree. And, thanks to Mrs. Erickson I still impress people by spelling Deoxyribonuclecic Acid from memory.
My STEM role model is Rosalind Franklin. Her work was critical in Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA. It’s a shame she died so young. I wonder what else she would have discovered.
MY children are my inspiration. My youngest with his constant fascination with the world around us and It’s vast possibilities. My middle child’s perseverance in all things STEAM, earning her spot in state STEM fair 2 years in a row. My oldest for realizing her talents in math and sticking with it, and one day saying “I’m find immunology so interesting.”
Rosalind Franklin has always been an inspiration to me. Genetics has always been a passion of mine and is why a pursued a degree in biology. As a young science lover, I always heard about Watson and Crick, but was surprised to learn about Franklin only once I was in college.
My mom, who went back to school in her 40s to get her bachelor’s in comp sci. She used her brains to migrate from a secretarial position to an IT one in a huge company and then they paid for her to get her degree.
My STEM role model is Florence Nightingale for her revolutionary theories on nursing and changing the world of nursing for the better. I am working on raising an awesome STEM girl too, who has a passion for chemistry!! 🙂
My STEM hero is my 10 year old daughter. She loves math, LEGO, Minecraft and more. And she is not afraid to tell her friends even if that means being “different” from the crowd. (Love this list, THANK YOU!)
The best female STEM role model I had was my Mom. She was good at math, understood it, and could explain it, and she loved to learn about and explore nature and our world.
Marie Curie — so ahead of her time!
My STEM hero is my sister who teaches science to kids in a way that makes them excited to learn even more!
My friend Vivienne – She has a true passion for science. Listening to her stories about various projects and experiments she has been involved with inspires me!
My middle school teacher, Ms. Simon, who inspired us by finding different ways for her students to explore math.
Christa McAuliffe will always be my hero. I will never forget waking up early to see her space launch. My heart was shattered that day, but my dreams stayed alive. I joined the Young Astronauts of America club because of her.
I have 2. My first favorite is my high school science teacher, mrs. Shanks. She taught me that I could do anything.
My second is my coworker, Mrs. Livermont. She was a 3rd grade teacher when I first started working with her, and is now the gifted chair and STEM chair at our school. She inspires all of us to use STEM in our classes every day.
My favorite female STEM role model is Christa McAullife. I was in 6th grade when the search began for a teacher to go up in the space shuttle, she was (and remains) so inspiring!
From 1990 until her death in 1994, I had the pleasure of working with the first Board-certified female orthopaedic surgeon in the US. Born in 1902, Dr. Ruth Jackson was a pioneer for women pursuing a surgical career, and she established a research foundation to benefit young female medical students, residents, researchers and practicing surgeons. She was a feisty 5-foot-2 inch bundle of energy, and she inspired me, and subsequently my two daughters, to believe that women could do anything they set their minds to do. I now have a 3-year-old granddaughter, and I plan to pass along Ruth’s passion for learning and mentoring to her. Read about Dr. Jackson’s amazing life at http://www.ncbi.nlm.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2882004/
My STEM role model is my younger sister. Growing up she always loved math & science. She had a teacher who told her not to bother taking an AP science course because boys were better at it. She was thrilled to go back and tell him she was accepted to RPI a few years later. Now I hope she will be a good role model for my 2 girls and help emphasize that you don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
I am a Science teacher. My B.S. is in Microbiology so I would love the microscope necklace for myself. I guess my STEM role model would be Amelia Earhart. I was fascinated with her from a young age.
My STEM role model is my 8 year old daughter, who at 5 years old asked for her first microscope, and a year later asked for her own telescope. She loves science and math and hands-on learning through experimentation. She really gets that girls can rock the STEM world because her Aunt has her doctorate in immunology and really helps Gwen understand what she loves better than I can. 😉
My STEM role model is my mother. She always brought science and nature into all of our projects — from crushing the color out if leaves to make leaf print, to experimenting with ratios and substitutions in recipes.
Temple Grandin, who is an inventor, educator and advocate for animals and people with autism.
My mother for sure. She rocks it all – pharmacist, mom and, now, grandma.