Sara Chipps, Brooke Moreland, & Maria Paula Saba, “Jewelbots,” 2015
Young girls are as interested in science, math, and technology as boys. The reason for the decline when they get older is not just because of the sexism inherent in some of these fields, but also because very few companies cater toward young girls and STEM fields. Jewelbots is one remedy.
It is essentially a programmable Arduino with an LED light, Bluetooth, and a vibrating mechanism embedded in a small, pretty bracelet. It pairs with an app on a phone so that users can program it (see screenshot above) to do an incredible number of things. Some examples the creators give are “light up when they have a new Instagram like,” “let them know when their dad is on his way to pick them up,” “buzzing to send messages to a pal across school,” and “lighting up when a BFF is near.”
This is a remarkably elegant solution to a very old problem; how do we introduce young people, particularly girls, to the basics of STEM fields while keeping them interested and invested?
The Kickstarter campaign ends in just two days (August 7, 2015), so if you’re interested, donate now!
They can also be found at Jewelbots.com.