This post contains affiliate links. There’s been a steady rise in STEM toys for girls in recent years with products like Goldieblox, Lego Friends, Roominate, and the Yellowscope Science Kit making a splash in the marketplace. With the exception of Lego Friends, those products were developed visionary female entrepreneurs who also had backgrounds in STEM. So it’s no surprise that there are several new good reads for STEM girls that were written by women in STEM.
Good Reads for STEM Girls
First up, Smore Magazine.
Smore is an indie magazine is written for girls ages 7-12. Because the only child in my house is a 17- year-old young man, I brought my review copy to a recent event for STEM girls at mHUB (see the video below) and passed it around for feedback. It received a thumbs-up all around, with a cautionary note that some of the content might be a bit challenging for girls on the young end.
The brainchild of scientist Dr. Sarita Menon, the colorful magazine seeks to reshape perceptions about science and inspire tomorrow’s innovators and changemakers. It’s full of graphics and chunks of information that make it easy to read in snippets, as well as cover-to-cover. A typical issue includes science news, a feature on a woman in science, simple experiments, a profile of a teen in science, and expected kid-friendly features, like jokes and reader-submitted drawings. The ad-free magazine comes out six times a year and is available in print and digital issues. The price for a single issue is $10, while a six-issue annual subscription provides savings at only $50. Click for details.
Ada Lace on the Case
Emily Calendrelli, host and production of Xploration Outer Space, MIT grad and STEMchat panelist, debuted a new book series at the end of August. Ada Lace on the Case. These chapter books are written for elementary school readers. The largish-print text is broken up with illustrations that drive home the fact that Ada lives in a culturally diverse neighborhood.
Third-grader Ada not only has a knack for science and math, but she uses technology to solve neighborhood mysteries such as the disappearance of a dog on her block. Each book features a section that explains the science behind the technology that appears in the story, like drones and gecko gloves. Book two was also released in late August, with book three planned for May 2018. The hardcover books retail for $16.99.
Girls Who Code
You’ve heard of the organization, now check out their books. This series for grades 3-7 features an ethnically diverse group of girls who participate in a coding club at school. The books (one released and two in the works) introduce coding concepts, but the plots hinge on teenage relationship drama. Some have called this new series a Babysitter’s Club for digital natives. The hardcover books retail for around $13.00