Smart Girls Who Skateboard Are Cool.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Smart girls who skateboard are COOL.
This new TV series "Project Mc2" on Netflix is all about girls who excel in Science, technology, engineering, and math.
The girls are McKeyla McAlister (Mc2), a writer, hipster and undercover spy; Adrienne Attoms (A2), a Spanish culinary chemist; Bryden Bandweth (B2), a tweeting, digital photographer tech expert; and Camryn Coyle (C2), a genius who loves to skateboard.
Along with the new TV series, a set of dolls have come out based on each character, to encourage girls to be excited about, and excel in fields that are still predominately male dominated - science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM. Each doll comes with ingredients and instructions for various science & math based projects; making glow sticks, creating erupting volcanoes, lava lamps, and the Camryn Cole doll even has "secret" blueprints to build a skateboard from scratch.
And while we realize that the positioning of the feet are not technically correct on the skateboard, we like the concept of introducing very young girls to create, build, and think about something beyond what they may usually do for play.
For younger girls, we think these dolls and the TV series are great tools for helping them realize that they too can be anything they want, and these dolls (with the experiments included) help get them excited about trying new things.
Maybe after they get excited about this, they will discover groups like the Pink Helmet Posse and join in on one of their "Come Skate With Us!" days at the local skatepark, or watch videos of 7 yr old Sky Brown on Youtube and then get out and try to skate themselves.
How cool would that be?