Whilst I would never force science down Heidi's neck, I do make a conscious effort to make sure science, computing and math is discussed with her in a normal way just like I do with my boys. I don't particularly have ambitions of Heidi growing up to be a scientist but I do want her to grow up without any barriers and I want her to understand that she can follow any of her passions and her gender should not come into it. I guess I just want to normalise girls working in this industry.
We were recently asked if Heidi would like to review a doll from the hit Netflix show Project Mc2. The girls in this show are all about encouraging tween girls (and boys) that it's cool to be smart and enjoy S.T.E.A.M subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and maths). Heidi has recently started watching the show and loves it. I am really happy that Heidi is watching Project Mc2 and I am confident the show is sending out the right messages to our children (well anything is better than endless Minecraft videos featuring Stampy Longnose). Check out the season 2 trailer below:
Heidi was sent Ember to review and I think you'll agree - they actually look alike! Ember is the science-based doll and comes complete with a botanical garden kit.
It's pretty cool seeing your children holding a pipette and it just being 'normal' or part of their role playing games. Heidi is turning into quite the gardener. Do you remember the seeds we planted at Gibside last month? Well Heidi has been caring for them and they are still alive! Hurrah! Heidi's next project is to add some rocks, seeds and soil to her Terrarium (an aquarium for plants) that is part of the set and watch the water cycle in action.
It is slightly annoying that you have to head out and buy extras (such as seeds) for the Terrarium experiment, I would have loved to have seen it included so we could get started straight away. Heidi is already making a mental note of our shopping list and can't wait to get started.
Project Mc2 Experiment Dolls have an RRP of £24.99. There are five to collect including a glitter bulb experiment, bath fizz creator, a panda speaker (where you make an electrical circuit), puffy paint creator and of course, Ember's garden. I think this is a fair price for the set and is an ideal gift for tweenagers that will encourage them to think about science without realising it.
Disclosure: We were sent this product in return for an honest review