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Posts Tagged ‘The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM’

It’s About to Get Obnoxious Up in Here…

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.32.19 AM…she’s on her STEM princess bandwagon again….(not that she ever stepped off).

But my friends, I’m about to get obnoxious with my asks this coming month, but I’m also going to  need YOUR help from 8/8-9/2.  I’m trying to get the #STEMPrincess project in to SXSWedu in 2017.

SX, if you are not familiar, is the holy grail of cool meetings.  Apps are usually kicked off there.  Authors give away advanced copies of their NEXT book projects at this event.  It’s the FUTURE, TODAY – which you all know I LOVE to be in the middle of!

So, in order to weave through the morass of 4600 other panels submitted for talks at SXSW, I’m going to call on you, my Fab 14 friends, to help me VOTE and spread the word on the Panel Picker for SXSW with the STEM Princess project!

Help Erin Get the STEM Princesses to SXSW17:

Step one: You have to register with SXSW in order to be able to vote.  Here’s where to register.

Second: I’ll send links to the 2 panel pickers I’ve submitted and put them in this post when I have them. Here they are:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048

and

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975

Third: VOTE. Voting my the crew counts for 30% of the final decision on getting selected.  So I’m really, REALLY going to need your help in stepping up here.

Fourth: SPREAD THE WORD.  If you vote, then I’m going to ask you to pass it on to 3 other friends to have them vote.  The only way we’re going to get girls talking STEM at SX is to create the only presence NOW.

That’s it for now.  But I’ll go ahead and apologize in advance for the posts/tweets and groveling between 8/8-9/2.  Remember–I’m doing it for the NEXT generation of girls to turn into STEM rockstars.  Even though the bandwagon may be loud and squeaky, YOU CAN BE WHAT YOU CAN SEE!

Introducing…The Inaugural #STEMPrincess Advisory Board!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inaugural #STEMPrincess Project Advisory Board Announced by Pharm, LLC

INDIANAPOLIS – June 30, 2016 – Pharm, LLC created a new national advisory board for its book series and movement to encourage more girls to choose STEM/STEAMED* careers under the #STEMPrincess book trilogy project.

The advisory board is comprised of 9 women in STEM careers, or leadership positions from the US to ensure the #STEMPrincess educational events, resources and programs are ‘edutaining’ and compelling for the next generation of girls choosing to pursue STEM careers.  The 9 advisory board members include:

Mandi Bishop – Firebrand, Social Entrepreneur, Women-in-Healthcare & Health IT Evangelist– Jacksonville, FL

Holly M. Davis – Executive Director, Center for Women and Democracy – Seattle, WA

Kristin Eilenberg – CEO, Lodestone Insights – Indianapolis, IN

Christi Garcia – Sales and Business Development Manager, E-gineering, LLC – Indianapolis, IN

Crystal Grave – Founder, President and CEO, Snappening – Indianapolis, IN

NaShara Mitchell – Founder, Studio B – Indianapolis, IN

Shelley Myers – VP, Consumer Health & Wellness, Fuzion – Carmel, IN

Tasha Phelps – President & CEO, Phelco Technologies – Indianapolis, IN and Independent Candidate, Indiana State Senate – District 30

Jennifer Ruby, Esq. – Attorney-Owner, Ruby Law and Founder, Finances 101 for Young  Professionals – Indianapolis, IN

Heather Torlina Hatcher – Biologist, research scientist, and STEM educator – Fishers, IN

“I have been humbled by this tremendous cadre of women who are already in STEM and said yes—to champion STEM education for girls with the #STEMPrincess project nationally,” commented Erin Albert, CEO at Pharm, LLC, STEM academician and author of The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM children’s book series.

“These women all want the STEM Princess movement out into the wider world in different, meaningful ways to in turn spark a new generation of women in STEM.  We know from the research that women in STEM are paid closer to parity with men, and have higher wage earnings. I’m excited to have this group of women already living the STEM dream help spread the broader message: that girls CAN be STEM superstars!”

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About The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: This children’s book series for girls and boys ages 5-9 is currently a story book (book 1), a hands-on activity book (2), and a coloring book (3).  The series is available online for sale at the author’s website: https://squareup.com/store/pharmllc.  More on the author at: http://erinalbert.com.

About Pharm, LLC: A service consulting think tank to healthcare, life sciences and pharmacy professionals, Pharm LLC educates on career development pathways through books, courses and articles to inform. Contact: pharmllc@gmail.com.

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Beyond the press release – these women are all going to kick my dupa into gear on my STEM Princess dream – which is to get 50% gender parity in all corners of STEM.  Let’s do this, ladies!!!!

My Fantasy STEM Princess Summer Camp…for Girls

Monday, May 30th, 2016
Waverly STEM Princess

Waverly – her cabin could work on clean water solutions for the world!

I was thinking about this today – since the start of summer is officially here: summer camp.  And, of course, post #STEMPrincess book trilogy, what my fantasy girls’ STEM or STEAMED camp and what that would look like, if I had to design said camp.

First off, below is my fantasy ideal – it so far does not yet exist in the real world….but I suppose it could.  In fact, there are a few ideas already in reality – like this list, this, and this list – all of which I found with a simple Google search (and cannot personally endorse, but certainly want others to encourage to check out.) NO ONE I’m mentioning below endorses my fantasy idea – I’m just putting down an idea here….any other disclaimers? I can’t think of any….let’s roll.

My Fantasy #STEMPrincess Camp:

1. First off – cabins – I think my perfect camp would be 2 weeks.  At it, you’d live in two different cabins during your two week stay – with your top 2 choices in STEM careers.  So, at my fantasy STEM Princess camp, each of the 20 STEM Princesses in the book would have her own cabin.  There would be an aerospace engineering cabin with Abigail fans, a medicine and pharmacy health sciences cabin for Piper fans, etc.  But, since girls are making the effort to go to camp, we need to get them into at least a couple of different STEM experiences.

2. For each career path, we’d need at least 3 camp counselors in each of the STEM career areas.  They would consist of the following: 1. an academic teaching in that particular discipline, 2. a practitioner working in the real world of that career path, and 3. A curriculum/assessment/designer.  So, back to the Abigail example – I’d have an actual astronaut (Mae Jemison–after all, this is a fantasy camp at this point), an academic – like Anita Sengupta,  Last, I’d need a rockstar curriculum and learning designer for this cabin or area (not that they’d have to be an expert in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, but be able to ideally design learning and teaching around this field). Ditto for the other 19 areas.

3. Teaching and learning at the camp would be – combo workshops, design thinking (real-world problem solving), panels and speakers sharing their experiences with the girls.  Girls could then journal daily on what they learned, what they liked, and what they did NOT like about that day’s learning.  The goal here is exposure to as many STEM career fields as possible.

4. Workstudy – I’d ideally like this camp to be on a farm, or have a farming component.  That teaches sustainability, local commerce, entrepreneurship, and hard work–tenets that will serve the girls in whatever professions they ultimately choose.

5. Music, art and design – STEM is the wrong acronym.  It’s STEAMED – that also has art, design and entrepreneurship in it.  All of these 3 additions to STEM education are absolutely critical in success moving forward.  So, we’d need to include them in this 2 week extravaganza.

6. Project based learning – I said this above a bit, but it’s worth pulling out again – small teams, interdisciplinary, assigned at the beginning of camp, regardless of cabins – where girls have to try to solve a problem over the 2 week camp and work on this project during evenings.  Big projects here too – like clean water, affordable education for more people, healthcare, wellness for communities, etc.  Teaches the girls to think big.

7. Wellness – positive images for girls, along with education on self-awareness, self-health, mind/body/spirit health, financial wellness, methods of mental and physical exercise – I could go on for days here, but ALL girls need more wellness education.

8. Sponsors – since I’m creating a fantasy camp here, I don’t need to worry much about our sponsors here, but while we’re thinking through on this – the sponsors of this camp should be the companies who need these STEM workers of the future. That might include: Amazon, Google (and all of Alphabet), Facebook, NASA, SpaceX, the federal government and their agencies, consulting firms (like McKinsey or Bain), IDEO, think tanks, etc.  It’s a great way to start early recruiting!  Besides, the ivory tower of education doesn’t always talk to the employers, and here, we could start the dialogue early on education for what the employers may need in the future.

There. All I need now is a bunch of spare time, and about $100 million dollars to set it up. LOL!  Seriously – there are some great STEM camps out there.  If you’re a girl lucky enough to be heading to one or more this summer, congrats! Share what you learned if you can.  For the rest of us, we’ll keep it as a placeholder idea on our blogs…for now.

The STEM Princess Children’s Book Trilogy: An Update

Monday, March 21st, 2016

STEMPrincessSeriesI need to update the saga of the trilogy of #STEMPrincess trilogy for a moment. Please allow me to wrangle the web hi-lights up in one spot!

Once upon a time…

Back in fall, 2013 I ran a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, not to publish the book, but to give away copies to the Indiana library system.  It happened after I read this abysmal report on the status of girls in Indiana, particularly around their lack of success in AP STEM subject matter.  This can’t happen in my state.

Check. Success. Done.  The book was published in 2014.

Then, in 2015, I set out to create a hands on book for girls ages 5-9 to play with concepts introduced by the characters in the first book for STEM careers.  The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK Alpha was born. It includes an online answer key too, just in case anyone gets stuck (myself included).

Now, in 2016, the third book has been released, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Coloring Book Beta, which allows children of all ages to connect with STEM professions and color their worlds STEM.  Most people love to color – so if this book can bring people together, release a little tension and educate along the way through colored pencils and/or crayons, even better.

When will it stop?  I’m not sure. But it doesn’t feel ‘done’ yet.  As well, maybe I’ll stop when more girls start choosing STEM careers, and we all get to gender pay equity.  I don’t see that coming overnight.  And while I love to sell books and tell the stories of the STEM Princesses, I’ve got a much bigger mission here than just books.  This series is training the next generation of girls and boys to show what girls can do – which is whatever boys can do.  It shows all of us what is possible.  And of course, one can be what she can see.  Last, as I just shared last week with Women & Hi Tech, the way of work in this world is radically changing–are we preparing the next generation for jobs that don’t even exist yet in STEM?

Last, the #STEMPrincess manifesto, created in the first book, and which has been included in all subsequent books.  We will keep you updated on Facebook, along with all other social portals with our hashtag.  When the day comes that we see 50%/50% gender equity in most if not all STEM professions, we’ll quit.  Until then…we’ll keep our sleeves rolled up, and continue the work.

A Few of My Favorite Things…in 2014

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

As I’ve previously stated, 2014 was not my best year.  However, there were a few magical moments in it.  In an effort to record what those were, below I throw down a few of my own favorite things that I either discovered, read, or found in 2014.  These may not be new to the rest of the universe, but they were new to me this year, for the most part…

A Few of My Favorite Things in 2014:

Favorite new cityBilbao, Spain.  Best blend of the old and new I’ve ever witnessed in a city. Seriously, I can’t shut up about how cool this town is…if you ever get to go, GO!

Fave new social media platform – Props to YikYak.  God bless all the college students who use it to perfect their jokes and praise when it comes to college life.

Fave book – of my own? Easy. STEM Princess.  Of someone else’s? Hmm…I’d need to go with The Alliance by Reid Hoffman.  Not so much for the riveting stories or grammar, but because in this book, he’s marking a new trend which I think is going to be one, if not THE key to the future of work: affiliative work.  If you haven’t read this one and like to learn about trends before the rest of the universe, read it.  He’s on to something.

Fave projectCarrying on the #SMDames brand.  I think we’ve done a good job in establishing this brand unique to Indiana.  And while I’ve loved being a co-founder and starter of this project, I will not be participating as a planner in 2015 and beyond.  It has been an honor working with the amazing social media whiz herself, Ms. Amy Stark on this project, and I’m glad she’ll be carrying this brand’s torch forward in 2015 and beyond…it’s in good hands.  I also had the chance to start BU Well at work – I think that’s going to be a goodie for 2015. Stay. Tuned.

Fave changing of the guard – Easy. David Muir taking over the news desk at ABC.  You already know this if you follow me on Faceplace – lol! Seriously – dig their 1:30 minute face casts.  Brilliant.  It’s the one thing that may keep me on Facebook in 2015.

Fave training for the year – Tough call, and a tie here.  It’s between Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Residency and the ACE Women’s Leadership Forum.  Both were good, for different reasons.

Fave STEM areaQuantum physics – Working on STEM Princess this year got me beyond my four walls of science and forced me to learn more about ALL the areas of STEM.  And while computer science and engineering are the big pushes, props to quantum physics for being both the most fascinating and enigmatic areas of STEM for me personally.  That, and I still want. A. Teleporter!  Get on it, girls!

Fave talk of the year – Wow. This one is tough.  I really enjoyed talking about STEM at several venues this past year–at TechFest in Ft. Wayne, at an Indy Chamber panel, at Centric Indy, and Rotary in Indy as just a few examples.  There were also some awesome work talks too–social media, and why pharmacy students need to be involved in advocacy.  But I think my favorite talk this year wasn’t really a talk–it was a workshop.  A workshop on how to write books.  I loved this one the most, because I can help empower OTHER people to share their stories.  It’s just me if I’m writing a book.  But if I’m sharing how to write with others, the impact magnifies.  Shout out to NaShara Mitchell over at Studio B for making this one happen for the Indy community.

Fave failure – let’s end on a humbling note, shall we?  There are a LOT here to choose from (mountains, literally), but I’d have to say my favorite failure this year was Kickstarter campaign #2 for STEM Princess. Although, I’m not totally sure classifying this as a failure is entirely accurate…because it will not deter me from continuing the books along the STEM Princess story lines…

Let’s see what 2015 brings!

2014 STEM Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

One question I’m constantly asked is – hey, Albert, can you tell me what gifts, toys or books you would recommend for girls who want to know more about STEM this holiday season….?  Easy.  Here are a few ideas for that girl in your life who is looking for some edutainment in the STEM realm.

Of course, disclaimer time–ensure you’re considering gifts that appropriate for girls in your specific age range.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt. Read the package information for gifts to ensure they are age appropriate.  (Lawyers always love a good disclaimer.)

The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM

The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM

STEM Princess - Well, first off, shameless self promotion aside, maybe you should consider The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM for your younger girls (ages 5-9) who don’t yet have a favorite corner of STEM just yet.  While there are lots of gifts, toys and books about different corners of STEM, there aren’t very many still that introduce girls to ALL 4 areas – science, tech, engineering and math – like this book does.  We have the free resource guide full of ideas in it as well.  Cost is $14.95 and makes a great stocking stuffer.  Best of all, the girls in your life get exposure to all areas of STEM – not just one.

Next, I’ll provide some suggestions based upon the 4 areas.  First, Science.  There are already a lot of really cool ideas around this concept for girls, but here are just a few that I dig.  First, Molecular Jewelry.  While admittedly, organic chemistry was never my easiest subject.  However, I love the beauty of molecules–like caffeine, theobromine, and dopamine.  Girls can actually wear the molecular loveliness now.  Check out the molecular muse at Etsy, or even the larger retailers online.  I also dig Nancy B’s science club.  Never had a microscope as a kid, but if I did, my first microscope would have been this one.  Also, the periodic table T-shirts are all the rage right now – here’s one of my faves for girls.  If you have a pharmacist in the making, check out the children’s book, Pharmacy and Me.

Let’s move on to Technology.  Tech, at least in the STEM Princess book, includes professions like database administration, computer programming, computer science, etc.  Again, if your girl likes the tech bling, I’m a fan of techcycled.  If you have a girl who wants to be more hands on, check out Girls Who Code.  If you’re near me in Indy, check out Scott Jones’s new company for older girls in your life to learn how to code (after all, what better gift is there than education), Eleven Fifty.  A lot of professionals from SEVERAL professional domains argue that we all must be coders now to some extent…so sooner rather than later!

Next up, Engineering.  I’m a huge fan of A Mighty Girl, where parents can pick up a lot of different games, toys and books to support girls engaging in STEM.  On the engineering page, I dig the SnapCircuits series.  And, although this isn’t really engineering per se, Fat Brain Toys sells one of my favorite all time toys as a kid, Spirograph.  And, let’s not forget Tinker Toys!  If your girl wants something a little more sophisticated, check out the robotics page at Edmund Scientifics.  Clean water is going to be one of, if not the biggest crisis in the 21st century globally – have your daughter understand water filtration with the Green Science water filter kit.

Last, Math.  While the anti-STEMmers out there claim there are too many professionals in science and math professions relative to STEM, I do think much like coding, we all have to be proficient at math in order to be better professionals in whatever fields we have chosen.  With that in mind, I almost view math in tandem with sciences–like physics, gen chem, etc.  That being said, my favorite Shero of this class is Marie CurieHere’s her doll over at The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild.  If your girl is super smart and into quantum physicists, of course you can get her Schrodinger’s Cat over at the same site.  Also, The Big Bang Theory is popular with a lot of math/sci geeks, and they have a pretty cool line of atomic jewelry, believe it or not.  Personally, this category is most important to me, because I’m STILL waiting for a girl to invent a teleporter!  Teleporter inventors are going to need to know math and science like the backs of their hands.

There you have it! Some creative out of the box STEM toys/gifts and sites for you to get a jump on that holiday giving for your girls. I didn’t share the obvious, hopefully, but helped point in a little different direction if your girl likes a specific area of STEM, or just needs to know more about STEM in general.

Merry STEMidaze!

 

B is for Bioinformatics

Friday, September 19th, 2014

We continue with our STEM and Girls alphabetology today for the #STEMPrincess2 Campaign on Kickstarter!

B = Bioinformatics, and Princess Bella from The Amazing Adventures.  Here’s the scoop on bioinformatics:

May your week end be bioinformatic-tacular!!!!

(Don’t worry.  I’m not ready to quit my day job for a career in puns…)

You asked. I deliver.

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The #1 question I’ve had all year:

“Albert – WHEN are you going to write book 2 for the #STEMPrincess project?”

Answer:

Now.

Let’s do this.

#STEMPrincess2 will run until Rocktober 24th.

Do I have some fun surprises planned?  Absolutely.

I can’t NOT do this.  This needs to be done.  When it comes to STEM and girls, we still have a LOT of work to do.

I hope you’ll join me in the effort to help girls get on board with STEM.  After all, our future depends on it.

A Little STEAMED Experiment

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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I had the opportunity to speak at Indianapolis Rotary today about STEM education (around the children’s book I wrote for girls), which was an amazing experience.  (Here’s the audio and the slides if you’d prefer to listen and watch rather than read.) But being a science geek, I couldn’t resist conducting a little experiment with the audience, in order to explain what we are up against with training the next generations of young professionals about STEM education.

So, I took the slides/photos you see above with all corners of STEM, and broke them down into 4 different slides.

After showing the “S is for Science” slide, I asked those in the audience to stand up if they ever had the opportunity to take any of the courses listed on the slide either in high school, college or graduate school.  Then, I went on to Technology…and again, asked those standing to remain standing if they took a computer science or tech class or sit down if they did not.  We then went on to Engineering – we lost a bunch here who had to sit down.  Finally, we ended upon Math.

Out of about 120 in the audience, guess how many were standing at the end – with all four boxes of STEM education checked for themselves?

Answer: around 6.

This is not good.  This showed the audience today (myself included) what educators are up against in this new era of globalization.  We are training a crop of future professionals in areas that we know little about ourselves (or had little formal training within during our own education).  The educator in me is overwhelmed by the fact that we have to get all students on board in all 4 corners of STEM just to try and stay competitive with the rest of the world in the future.  This doesn’t mean that everyone is going to work in STEM.  This is just a foundation we’re discussing here.

How might we do this?  Well, I think there are a lot of answers here – some are better than others.  But I do fundamentally believe that we’ve got to reach ALL students with all 4 corners of STEM, AND add on design thinking, entrepreneurship and the arts on top of it.

Other countries are figuring this out.  So must we.  Our future depends upon it.

(Oh, and had I played along with the experiment, I wouldn’t have made the final cut either – as I never had a formal tech nor engineering class, sadly.)

 

More on STEAMED Education for Indiana…and Everywhere

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Folks in this galaxy need more STEM education.  You know I’ve been beating on this drum for some time now, and I also think we need to update the acronym to cover STEAMED education – that includes:

  • science
  • technology
  • engineering
  • arts
  • math
  • entrepreneurship and
  • design thinking

Tuesday July 29, 2014, I’m giving a talk about this very subject at Indy Rotary.  Below are my abbreviated slides for this talk.  If you are attending, thanks for your participation in advance, and also, here are some resources I promised you at the actual live talk:

Become a Planet STEM Ambassador.

Vote for which princess(es) we should feature in #STEMPrincess2, our second in hopefully a very long series of #STEMPrincess books.

Talk to the kids in your life about what they are doing IN and OUT of school to increase their own STEM knowledge.  Here’s the free resource guide that comes with the first STEM Princess book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.

Of course, as I’ll also be sharing, I need $7000 to get #1000 copies of #STEMPrincess2 into the hands of girls and boys across the state.  How I find the funds for this I’m still working on (as my company personally funded the first book).  If you’d like to financially support #STEMPrincess2, I’m happy to talk with you about this!

Thanks for listening.  And thanks for caring about our future!

Slides from the talk:

Why Indiana Should be STEAMED About Education – Dr. Erin Albert – Indy Rotary 7_29_14 from Erin Albert