July 24, 2019
This month, children’s multimedia company GoldieBlox and IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, launch a new YouTube series, Fast Forward Girls. The show follows the journey of young women as they learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in the real world by immersing themselves in it with the help of leading female innovators.
GoldieBlox and IF/THEN share a mission to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue STEM careers. With this compelling new content, GoldieBlox and IF/THEN are directly addressing the lack of representation of women in STEM in media and entertainment. Highlighting strong women who are leading scientists, engineers, software developers and more enables girls to imagine pursuing these career paths for themselves.
In the show, girls get the opportunity to meet mentors who are excelling in STEM careers, from culinary pioneers to technology experts, wildlife conservationists and even slime scientists. In each episode, one girl will meet two women who are showing just how transformative STEM can be. Some of the mentors featured on Fast Forward Girls include ice cream architect and CoolHaus co-founder Natasha Case; 3D-printable open source instrument designer Kaitlyn Hova; conservationist Rae Wynn-Grant, who studies social drivers of human-carnivore conflict; and USC Assistant Professor Sook-Lei Liew, a neuroscientist and occupational therapist who researches virtual reality technologies for occupational therapy and physical therapy applications.
“As both a scientist and a clinician, I think it’s so exciting to develop technologies and innovations that will improve our patients’ daily lives,” Liew said. “However, we need more talented people working on these hard problems. I’m thrilled to be part of Fast Forward Girls because I believe that if we show young women that by engaging in STEM fields they can be a part of the solution, then one day, they will.”