Princess Engineers, Electric Dragons & Circuits
Princess Cassie & Her Electric Dragon Save the Day is a pop-up book embedded with simple circuits. It is designed to teach young girls, especially those in the "princess phase" about basic circuits and electrical components, and foster their interest in STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art & math).
Come along for an educational and entertaining adventure and help Princess Cassie restore power to her kingdom!
For this project, my thesis group, nicknamed Project Daffodil, received an Editor's Choice Award from this year's Makers Faire in San Mateo. We were also interviewed by Makezine.com.
You can also create your own DIY pop up with embedded electronics by seeing our tutorial on the Make Magazine website.
When my nephew was 3, he asked his mom, who is a doctor, "Mommy, can boys could be doctors too?"
After my sister-in-law told me this story, and I got done laughing, it got me thinking about how we learn what boys and girls can be when we grow up, and how changes in these views at an early age can affect a lifetime of thinking.
Women in STEM fields
Women hold 51% of all professional jobs, but only 26% of computer related occupation. What's more, in 1991, women held 37% of all computer related occupations. We have been going backwards.
Project Daffodil, comprised of Christine Ho, Robert Foster, and myself, aims to do our part to reverse this trend.
From inspiration to final design, our thesis project was based on a user-centered design process.