Blue Broccoli and Nanobots will be a beautifully illustrated hard cover book, 9 x 7.5 inches, for children age 5 and up.
It will inspire children with a whole new world of careers that they have never heard of and quite possibly can't even pronounce on first reading.
The book will include 32 fictional female role models, each in a different exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) career.
The text will explain what each career is, will be easy to understand and will include both interesting facts and "do you like" sections to keep readers engaged.
It will show that girls can do anything, that it is perfectly normal for girls to be software developers, robotics engineers or epidemiologists.
The book will be divided into four colour-coded sections: super scientists, terrific technologists, extraordinary engineers, marvellous mathematicians. Each section will include eight different exciting careers.
The book will be very inclusive. The characters will have different shapes, sizes, ethnicities and abilities.
- Why focus on girls?
Children as young as six believe girls aren't as clever as boys or aren't as good at maths or science.
This is just wrong. This book aims to challenge these beliefs at the earliest possible age. The book aims to get young girls to believe that anything is possible, to plant ideas in their minds of jobs they have never even heard of.
The ultimate aim is for both girls and boys to grow up thinking it's perfectly normal for them to want to be nanotechnologists, aerospace engineers or theoretical physicists.
- Will boys read it too?
We hope so! The book is full of exciting careers that should appeal to both girls and boys. The characters all happen to be girls, but this should just help to normalise these careers as being for girls as well.
If this book is successful, then perhaps the next version will be a mixture of female and male characters!
- Why is it called Blue Broccoli and Nanobots?
Blue Broccoli and Nanobots both feature in the book as examples of fun things children could choose to work on when they grow up. The idea of using these as the title is to make the book stand out, to make children want to pick it up and find out what it's about. The book is designed to be a fun engaging way to inspire children to dream big, and an unusual fun title will hopefully help spark their interest immediately.
I am a British Diplomat with a passion for inspiring children, especially girls, in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). I am a mum of two and have been lucky to work and travel all over the world, from Zambia, Greenland and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Brazil, Indonesia and Cambodia.
I have a PhD in neuroscience and am fascinated by science and the new careers that are now opening up. When I was growing up, the only career options I knew about were accountant, lawyer and teacher. I want the next generation of children to know about all the amazing career options open to them, and to inspire them to aim high and achieve their potential.
Risks and challenges
We are committed to completing this project and keeping within the proposed timeline. The illustrator has already started preparing the illustrations, with the first four characters (neurosurgeon, epidemiologist, robotics engineer and nanotechnologist) completed. Editing has started to finalise the text and we have already sourced highly regarded printers who are set to get going as soon as we're ready.
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