Children’s book to celebrate diversity in STEM

By on 4 August, 2020

Book to introduce female role models using drones with augmented reality app and resources for educators.

Pippa and Dronie is authored by Paul Mead, co-founder of She Maps, creators of a range of innovative STEM educational programs based around drones. According to its creators, the book presents strong, real-life Australian female role models using geospatial technology in a way designed to engage children in their formative years.

Education director Dr. Karen Joyce said that the book is also intended to support teachers to bring the spatial industry into their classrooms.

“A diverse spatial workforce of the future starts with educating our children — kids as young as five years old start to build their perceptions around what they can and cannot do. This includes what sort of jobs they see themselves doing later in life,” she said.

“Gender based biases and stereotypes are part of the reason why the spatial industry lacks female role models and has an under-representation of women generally.”

For every sale of Pippa and Dronie, She Maps will support children in under-represented communities with a donation to one of their charity partners, Ardoch and Deadly Science.

Pre order and sign up for the virtual launch events at the Pippa and Dronie website.

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