A Dance Party Lamp Empowers Girls To Like Science and Mathematics

A Dance Party Lamp Empowers Girls To Like Science and Mathematics
Children

Through arts and crafts, Brainy Yak Labs hopes to get children engaged in STEM early

Jiwon Kim
  • 21 june 2017

There definitely has been an increase in toys that aimed to get children interested in STEM early on. However, most of the toys are targeted to boys and for almost all of history, STEM skills and interest has been encouraged in boys, not necessarily girls. With women making up a significantly smaller fraction of the STEM workforce, it is important to get more girls interested and involved in STEM. Recognizing this issue, MIT professors Maria Yang and Tony Hu created Brainy Yak Labs, a company that wants to engaged kids with STEM through creativity. Their first product is a dance party lamp kit called Jubilite.

The Jubilite encourages advanced arts and crafts mixed in with engineering. As children build the lamp, they learn how to use different tools to assemble all the pieces from the physical to the electrical components. All of this is possible through an instruction booklet that lays the steps out in a way that children easily understand. Vocabulary STEM words are also added for children to learn. They get to explore different components and the functions that they are connected to. Once the lamp is assembled, children get to decorate it with fun things like glitter and markers, making their lamp truly their own.

Through research, the professors found that both boys and girls love the toy. However, they found that girls especially felt empowered while building the toy. Yang and Hu want girls to be more engaged in the field by showing them that subjects like engineering and mathematics are not separate from creativity or art, but connected in some form or another. There is a place in STEM for them and the subjects are exciting. The Jubilite lamp kit successfully manages to unite art and science, teaching children that it is possible to be creative while building logic skills.

Brainy Yak Labs

There definitely has been an increase in toys that aimed to get children interested in STEM early on. However, most of the toys are targeted to boys and for almost all of history, STEM skills and interest has been encouraged in boys, not necessarily girls. With women making up a significantly smaller fraction of the STEM workforce, it is important to get more girls interested and involved in STEM. Recognizing this issue, MIT professors Maria Yang and Tony Hu created Brainy Yak Labs, a company that wants to engaged kids with STEM through creativity. Their first product is a dance party lamp kit called Jubilite.

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+Design
+Education
+Education
+lamp
+MIT
+STEM
+technology

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