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Further activism and my dreams!

  1. I think GoldieBlox are a great start to reversing the trend of female under-representation in STEM fields. However, it doesn’t seem like enough. We still have the problem of women dropping out of STEM fields, so the problem isn’t just getting them interested in them. We need to address the working conditions and see what factors are  at play here and what we can do to fix them. They are a brand new company and are still working on some things, so I am curious to find out how they will manage maintenance and recycling in the future, or if they even have a plan in place.
  2. My greatest dreams….well…I want to see the world. You name it, I want to see it. One of my biggest goals in life is to travel the world and see as many places as humanly and financially possible. So far, I haven’t got very far on my list, but I have big plans for my future. I also want to get out of student loan debt, become a nurse practitioner, raise a family and change the world. Like many others, I want to make a difference in the world. I think one of the ways I can do this is by working with kids. I currently work at a psychiatric treatment facility and it is the most rewarding and challenging job I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to see what else is out there for me later on!

Gender Lens research

Throughout my research on the GoldieBlox toy, I have learned a great deal about our solution to getting more women in STEM fields. GoldieBlox seems to be hitting the nail on the head as it targets young girls, at the same age as gender differentiation really starts to occur. Throughout this course I have learned a lot about the problem of a lack of female presence in STEM fields, but not much about actually reversing the cycle. Targeting young children seems to be like a very effective way to begin. Providing them with the tools they need to become interested in science, math or engineering will ultimately lead to more women going into those fields and having more and more female role models, which is great!   I also learned how to explore different research databases, besides the basic library search for articles. This proved to be very helpful considering I was struggling to find many articles related to this fascinating new toy.

Beginning research for the Gender Lens project

I am so excited to be starting my Gender Lens research project on Goldie Blox. This is a brand new product that was designed in an effort to get girls more interested in engineering. I have been successful in learning about the product itself. Right away I noticed that it seems to be very gender neutral, especially when compared to traditional toys marketed to girls. There is a variety of color, rather than being blasted by pink and purple.  So far, my problems align with this being such a new product. Because of this, there is not a lot of research on the product. I will have to be resourceful when it comes to finding my research, such as by comparing the product to research on previous female oriented products. I haven’t been able to find a single scholarly journal so far. I initiated a chat with 24/7 librarians. After just a few questions, “Abby” was able to direct me to a database where it took me only a few seconds to find articles!! Thank you, Abby! I was able to find a lot of articles and have provided many links to these under “links Gender Lens Project: GoldieBlox”.

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