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
- 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!
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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