Saturday Spotlight is a weekly feature where I will spotlight things that I feel should be shared, whether it be a good cause, a website, a resource, a news article, or just another blog post. Sometimes things just need to be shared!
(from the Miss Possible website)
Girls are continuously bombarded with messages about what they can and can’t do. Unfortunately, these don’t usually reflect all of the incredible possibilities available to them. Miss Possible wants to shake up what opportunities girls see for themselves by showing them women who succeeded in many fields. We’re starting in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) because those fields are in dire need of more women, but that’s just a start! We plan to show girls all sorts of different ways they can change the world. After all, for girls today, ANYTHING is possible!
Supriya Hobbs, engineering alumna and Janna Eaves, current engineering student, created their start-up toy company, Miss Possible, with the hope of empowering girls to dream big. Just two months after Hobbs’ graduation, they are launching their company through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.It’s no surprise that there’s a deficiency of women in engineering and other technology related fields. The duo picked up on this in seeing the lack of women in their own classes and decided to do something about it.
Eaves explains that Miss Possible is not just seeking to draw more girls to engineering, “we just want girls to have more opportunities. We want them to see all of the options that are out there for them.”
The company is creating a series of dolls that portray real historical women as children. In addition to the dolls, buyers will be able to download an app with content for each doll – her story along with hands-on activities and on-screen games related to her work.
“The fact is, a lot of girls want to change the world, and there are LOTS of ways to do it,” stated Hobbs. “At Miss Possible, we want to help them get there by giving them strong role models and valuable experiences through play!”
Their first doll is Marie Curie, Nobel-Prize-winning chemist and physicist, who guides kids through hands-on chemistry and physics activities they can do with materials from home.
I absolutely LOVE this idea. LOVE LOVE LOVE. What better way to inspire girls than through the very things they play with on a regular basis. I am fully supportive of any toy that gets a child thinking about how to do something other than become a princess. There may be Computer Engineering Barbies but there is nothing interactive about her. I like the interactive app idea very much because that’s where kids are focusing their interests these days–computers, iPads, tablets and the like. I think this would do wonderful things for girls and I encourage you to check out their IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding!