Science and Girls
Friday, July 12, 2013
When I was growing up girls weren’t encouraged to do anything besides play with Barbie dolls, dolls, play house, school, be princesses, etc… That’s not necessarily a bad thing but girls weren’t really encouraged to explore sciencet. When my husband was growing up he had several chemistry kits. You can’t buy one anymore though because they could be used to do bad things; literally!! Back to the point I’m trying to get at... I liked science some but didn’t think I was good at it. I remember having to take a basic chemistry class in junior high school. I thought it was somewhat interesting but had a hard time with it and nearly failed the class. In high school I was required to take a science class of some kind. It could have been chemistry, biology or Earth Sciences or one or two others. I ended up taking Earth Sciences because I thought it seemed the most interesting and the least hard. While I did find the class to be somewhat interesting I did just okay in the class. Having been through college I realize now that having a good teacher / instructor / professor makes all the difference in the world as to how well you will most likely do in the class. I think if I had had a different teacher for the chemistry class I would have done better. The same goes for the Earth Sciences class. If you can make learning fun and interesting I think most anyone will be able learn the topic. I have several Spark Friends that are teachers or are retired teachers. One of my good Spark Friends (AMYBELLES) just retired from teaching. On the Aspire & Inspire team each month we have a Buddy Support Group Challenge. Everyone who signs up is assigned to one of three teams. Each week there are different challenges that you are suppose to meet. Sometimes she and I would be on the same team and she’d talk about what she was teaching. It always sounded like she tried to make what the kids were learning fun and interesting. I told her several times that I wish I would have had teachers like her when I was growing up. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that girls aren’t necessarily encouraged to explore science or math, especially science it seems.
So, this link was shared on Facebook by a friend of mine. It got me excited because something like what she is trying to do could encourage girls to get excited about science. This woman is trying to create a picture book app that could get girls excited or interested in science. She’s trying to raise money so that she can make this app. Even if you can’t donate money if you could share the link with your friends it would be great. This is one of those rare things for me that make me really excited and animated about. Here is the link to her Kickstarter fundraising page http://t.co/2Do8llQolq. I honestly think that if I had seen something like this when I was a little girl I might have become interested in science and explored science while growing up. When I was in college I use to love to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy because he made science fun and interesting! I really, really hope she succeeds because I think this is something that could get girls excited about science. This has me thinking though; maybe I’ll make a video game that could get girls excited about science.