Indiana STEM Professor Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Encourage Girls to Engage in STEM Careers Through a Children's Book
Indianapolis, IN, October 01, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Native Hoosier, author, entrepreneur and STEM professor, Dr. Erin Albert is writing her first children’s book, which addresses the second crisis and decline of young girls interested in STEM careers in the state of Indiana, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to get the book in the hands of Hoosier girls: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820374401/getting-girls-excited-about-stem-a-childrens-book
While life sciences are the highest area of professional interest for girls in STEM careers, the future growth of STEM careers in the state and in the U.S. will be in computer science and engineering in the future, not life sciences. “While girls are most interested in the life sciences, unfortunately, interest in computer science and engineering in STEM for girls is declining, which is a second crisis in STEM for girls,” says Albert.
Albert, an Indiana University alumnus and assistant professor of pharmacy practice and alumnus from Butler University states that, “Being a girl in the state of Indiana is hard. Anyone who reads the St. Mary’s College report out on the state of girls in Indiana already knows that while girls are attending college at higher rates than boys, girls in the state of Indiana still perform more poorly on AP exams across the board on all STEM subjects than boys. We must turn this trend around.”
Albert created a Kickstarter campaign not to produce a children’s book on generating interest in STEM careers for girls, but to instead fund printing of enough books to donate one copy of her book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, to each public library in the state of Indiana.
“It’s one thing to write and produce a children’s book, but this isn’t what the Kickstarter campaign is about. Instead it is focused on printing enough copies of the story to get the book into Indiana’s public libraries and the hands of girls across the state, at an early age, to encourage them along with their parents to further explore all domains of STEM in a fun, edutaining way,” Albert states.
The Kickstarter campaign runs through October, and the funding is ‘all or none,’ meaning that Albert must raise a minimum of $6,300 or the project will not be funded at all. “I chose the all or none platform to create a sense of urgency around this project, because frankly, the economic future of Indiana and girls of the state ARE urgent matters,” according to Albert.
All funders’ names will be included in the book. To back the Kickstarter campaign, logon to the link above. The book also has a facebook page, (search "STEM princess") and on Twitter, the hashtag for the project is: #STEMPrincess.
Dr. Erin Albert, CEO, Pharm, LLC