A few weeks back I was the keynote speaker at a gathering of cosmetic chemists; my topic was encouraging women not to be the hidden figures in the sciences. One of the things I learned while researching my speech was that to have women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics–or STEM–fields, you need to find new ways to reach girls, and teach them through action that science isn’t just for boys.
So, if you’re interested in nurturing your own budding Marie Curie or Ada Lovelace, these games are great for both girls and boys. Some are strictly STEM, while some also incorporate the arts.
- Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer AR helps kids learn about the world in a fun and interactive way. Download the app and hold your camera up to the SmartGlobe to explore animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and more that pop up on your screen as you spin the globe. You can click on the images to learn facts about what’s in them. There’s also a very cool augmented reality component that allows you to snap a picture of yourself touching a lion or holding the Eiffel Tower in your hands.
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