I recently watched this TEDx video where Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox, talked about her experience as a female Engineer at Stanford and the inspiration for her product. In the video, she points out that the lack of construction play among girls can contribute to underdeveloped spatial skills. This type of skill relates to the capacity to interpret, understand and reason spatial relationships in objects or space, such as designing multi-dimensional figures. It was an inspiring talk and I think her insights further support the importance of the maker movement, particularly for girls, to remove stereotypes in children's play and have more access to building and creating things.
As much as I appreciate her efforts, as a maker parent, I think we should continue to find ways to encourage our kids to play and dream up ideas using simple supplies and materials that doesn't limit their imaginations.
A life observer and maker passionate about inspiring you to live out your creative self.