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Elara is a young girl who loves Science, Technology, Engineering & Math who conquers obstacles & shows her friends how fun STEM can be!
Elara is a young girl who loves Science, Technology, Engineering & Math who conquers obstacles & shows her friends how fun STEM can be!
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Elara, STEM Girl: Children's book to inspire a love for STEM

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Leela and her younger sister Meera
Leela and her younger sister Meera

The Back Story

Leela is a 17 year old High School student who has always been inspired by STEM and plans to pursue a career in Astrophysics or Engineering. When Leela helped her 8 year old sister who was encountering the same issues and stereotypes that she had faced, she realized that many young girls would likely face those challenges alone, and that is how Elara, STEM Girl came to be. 

The Need for a Book Like This

Young girls are naturally interested in STEM, but their interest usually fades as they grow older. Elara, STEM Girl gives readers the tools to continue their love of STEM by showing readers how to manage:

  • being the minority
  • math anxiety
  • stereotypes
  • fear of failure - all in a delightful 32 page picture book.

How is this Book Different?

Thankfully there been more books published recently for young girls on the topic of Women in STEM. Our project Elara, STEM Girl is different because it gives the reader ways to overcome the obstacles that most girls face when they have an interest in STEM.

It Takes a Village

Leela used a collaborative approach while writing Elara, STEM Girl by asking for feedback from women in STEM, and conducting focus groups at local F.C.P.S. STEM camps to ensure she addressed the most needed issues to encourage girls to take an interest in STEM and stick with it!

Photo by Karen Bolt FCPS
Photo by Karen Bolt FCPS

Why is it important to encourage girls to take interest in STEM?

We wil be using Mascot Books for this project and all the books will be printed in the USA!

 

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Become Elara's Party Guest
Become Elara's Party Guest

 

You and Your Child in the Book Reward
You and Your Child in the Book Reward

  

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to complete our project on time is the illustrations being delayed which would change our book ship date. We have set realistic deadlines with our illustrator Lauera Vanderheart and don't foresee this happening.

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    E-Coloring and Activity Book

    You will be e-mailed a PDF of coloring pages based on illustrations in the book as well as puzzles, and kid friendly science experiment instructions.

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    Elara's Party Pack

    You will receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girl or Boy will get a disposable lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    Elara's Deluxe Party Pack

    You will receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girl or Boy will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    Your Child Becomes Elara's Party Guest!

    Your child will be a character in the book! You will be asked to send pictures of child and our amazing illustrator will include him/her in the birthday party pages of the book. You will also receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girl or Boy will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    Father and Son in the Book!

    You and your son will be a character in the book! You will be asked to send pictures of you and your son and our amazing illustrator will include both of you in the block party party pages of the book flying a drone . You will also receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Boy will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    Author Visit to DMV School

    Leela will come to your school and do an author visit to your child's classroom or school in the Washington D.C. metro area and receive 10 copies of the book. The visit must take place by the end of the 2017-2018 school year. You will also receive just for you, a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity books as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girl or Boy will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    You and your Child in the Book!

    You and your child will be a character in the book! You will be asked to send pictures of you and your child and our amazing illustrator will include both of you in the block party party pages of the book. You will also receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girl or Boy will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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    You and your 6 grandchildren will be a characters in the book! You will be asked to send pictures of your grandchildren and our amazing illustrator will include them in the pages of the book. Each child will also receive a signed hardback book with personalized message, e-color and activity book as well a goodie bag based on Elara's birthday party featured in the book. Your STEM Girls and Boys will get a personalized cloth lab coat, safety glasses, test tube candy and a catapult kit.

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