Hi! My name is Jadel Hughes-Davis and I'm the author of The Great Fishing Hole! I'm from Detroit, MI and I'm a Michigan State University chemical engineering graduate. I wrote this book to promote STEM + Art and to encourage parents to empower girls (ages 5-9) to try new challenges and explore, in the same ways we teach boys too!
What's STEM + Art? STEM + Art is an initiative to re-associate creativity and art with STEM; STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Education and Math.
At many Women in Engineering STEM events parents and teachers would often ask me, "How do I get my girls interested in STEM?" or "Did you really like science when you grew up?" To many parents' surprise, I liked science, but I loved fashion and skincare more. My passions in fashion and skincare are really what made me want to be a chemical engineer! Without the opportunity to take Intro to Sewing in high school, I would've never understood why making nylon is cool!
According to Microsoft's study, girls don’t identify with STEM because they assume it doesn’t align with their desire to be creative:
- 91% describe themselves as creative
- 72% of girls surveyed believe it's important to have a job that directly helps the world
- Only 60% of girls understand how STEM subjects are relevant to their lives and interests
Outside of girls' misconception that STEM is not creative, girls often lack strong female role models and the confidence to pursue STEM. However, the study also shows,
- 75% of girls who participate in hands-on STEM activities outside the classroom feel a sense of empowerment
- & parents play a key role in their daughter’s developing confidence and interest in STEM
It's SO important to show our girls they can do both!
I want this book to encourage girls and increase their confidence to explore and take on challenges, like STEM. Representation & Support is crucial for girls in STEM. I hope through seeing Nadia try new things and attempt to reach The Great Fishing Hole young girls get the message that they CAN do hard things!
Thank you for supporting and showing that we CAN do hard things!
Even small pledges mean a lot - that's why we'll thank every backer by name on the acknowledgements page of The Great Fishing Hole.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Nadia is a sharp 9-year girl who lives in Detroit, MI. Every Saturday her "Uncle Jay" takes her to fish at the neighborhood fishing hole. She loves going on trips around the city and learning about all the different kinds of fish.
Usually Nadia's "Uncle Jay" goes to the fishing store on his own but this is the first time he brings Nadia to tag along. Nadia meets "Cindy", a wildlife and fish manager at the store. "Cindy" tells her of the Great Fishing Hole just outside of town. This is the first time Nadia has ever thought of fishing outside of her neighborhood.
This is just like my experience with my first Women in Engineering STEM event. Before going to the Women in Engineering STEM event, I was enrolled to attend a New York Fashion Institute after high school. College wasn't on my radar.
(The names in quotations are available for re-naming after a person you love or yourself, there are two boy names and two girl names up for re-naming.)
In the book when Nadia first gets to the fishing hole it isn't exactly what she expected.
When I arrived to college I believed it would be like the Disney Channel show Zoey 101. I quickly realized it would take work and some classes would be hard. The book symbolizes many lessons I learned along my journey to becoming a chemical engineer.
Nadia meets people along her journey that help and encourage her.
Although my passion for skincare and fashion drove me to choose a career in chemical engineering. Sometimes I doubted if I could truly be a engineer because I didn't know many women, especially women of color in my field. Organizations like NSBE and Women in Engineering gave me the assurance that I could be anything I put my mind to.
The Great Fishing Hole takeaways:
- encouraging girls to explore
- foster girls' confidence that they can do challenging things
- encouraging parents to expose girls to hands-on STEM activities the way we do boys
- the importance of providing a strong women and girl role models
“There are so many forces at work as girls are learning their way and it’s easy to get discouraged or to lose confidence. STEM is not one thing – it is the ability to create, use, and evolve technology to build a better world and it needs diverse voices and backgrounds – that has to be encouraged and nurtured.” - Kiki Wolfkill, Studio Head at Halo Transmedia
PURPOSE OF THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
I'm launching this Kickstarter campaign to help fund the completion of the remaining illustrations and the printing team I've acquired quotes from to print the book.
I've paid a portion of illustration fees out-of-pocket because I truly am committed to this vision.
I started writing the book after I spoke at my graduation commencement and shared part of the story there. Many parents came up to me after the speech and suggested I write it as a children's book; Two years later I've finally finished the book! It is 40 pages and I plan to have a print and e-book version. The front cover is finally complete and has really brought this idea to life! I'm so excited to see it in the flesh! The book cover was illustrated by the talented Aaron Ramon Johnson Jr., a native Detroit multi-media artist. He'll also be creating the remaining illustrations.
The remaining illustrations, layout the interior and format the type / illustration designs for printing, pay the Kickstarter fees, and ship the book and rewards to backers. I have brought on an experienced printing team, trusted STEM + Art enthusiasts and the talented Aaron Ramon Johnson Jr. to bring this book to life! What's left now is a little support to see this journey to the end. I need your support to cover art, printing and distribution costs. Your generous donations are so appreciated and please don't forget to spread the word. Thank you and remember, Girls CAN do hard things!
MORE ABOUT ME
Today, I'm a chemical engineer and skincare blogger. I love to talk about science and how it applies to everyday life, especially skincare. During my college career I:
- served as the National Society of Black Engineers MSU Chapter President and Vice President,
- served as a Women in Engineering Ambassador three years,
- studied abroad in Japan to learn about Technology and Culture,
- interned at Procter and Gamble and worked on Olay, Crest Pro Health, and Tide!
- skydived from 9,000 ft in the air,
- and spoke as my engineering class commencement speaker!
I can't wait to see what we do together! Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
All projects have some level of risks and challenges but I have taken the steps to reduce them to increase my success. I have gathered quotes, final drafts, and printing format templates to ensure the quality of the book is superb! I'm working with Aaron Ramon Johnson to create final illustrations and I have a team of experienced professionals to produce and print the book. I do not expect delays but sometimes things happen. I pride myself on transparency and integrity. I will always provide updates on the status of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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