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The Left Side Of The Brain & (Mis)Adventures With Abby

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Maybe you’ve noticed – I like to write.  I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it.  Hell, I can write the pants off of the Queen of England.  I realize that made zero sense and is far from proving the point.  Sometimes I just get diarrhea of the mouth.  Or er hand.  Anyway,  here’s my point – I am terrible at Math and Science.  I have one side of my brain fully developed and the other limping along.  I still count using my fingers.  I carry the one when I need to multiply.  I have no idea how many cups are in a quart (isn’t that what Google’s for?) When the topic of anything scientific comes up I pretend to get a phone call.  Hubby tells me I’m not actually bad at math and science it’s just I have no confidence in it.  He’s right but I do think the two have a symbiotic relationship.  See what I did there? Googled it.

I get PTSD thinking about Math and Science classes back in school.  My brain didn’t wrap around the information the way it needed to.  Where were the stories? What was the tone? What about the background and the relationships?  That’s what I needed in order to process and retain anything related to STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (Googled it.)  And I felt like I wasn’t as encouraged by my teachers to develop a passion for these topics as much as I was for reading and writing.  Was it because I was female? Maybe.  Hubby and I are always discussing ways in which we can get Miss P. involved in math and science at an early age.  I never want her to feel inadequate or lose confidence over the years like I did.  So when a student at Harvard Business School told me about a new approach to get girls interested in STEM, I was intrigued.  Adventurer Abby is a character he and a group of other HBS students came up with to help  girls around the ages of 6-9 get interested in a educational, interactive, and hands-on way.  It’s a subscription kit and story series to learn the WHAT, HOW, and WHY of science.

When a kit came to my house I have to be totally honest – I was afraid.  It sat on my counter for a couple of days.  Miss P. kept asking to do it and I just kept putting it off.  I wanted someone else around in case I didn’t understand it.  I finally realized I was setting a bad example and got to it.  We learned that Adventurer Abby is a fun, relatable role model and there was no pressure; Miss P. wanted to complete the science kit in order to finish the chapter.  The experiment was exciting, and took about 30 minutes to complete.  In our particular box we were making an elephant at the zoo’s “bath” which meant we had to measure out ingredients to make foam.  We had a blast.  Miss P. is on the younger side for it but she still loved hearing the story and engaging in the experiment.  She listened, she counted, she wanted to do it right, and she was confident.  It was a beautiful thing.  And one I wish I had when I was her age…

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Try one box for $25 or get it monthly for $20/month.  I’ll be getting it for my 7 year old niece’s birthday in June for sure!

http://www.adventurerabby.com

This is a sponsored post.  The opinions are the author’s own.

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