SWE was lucky enough to be invited to a press conference March 3 at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles celebrating FabLab. According to a FabLab press release, the show is the first and only science television series aimed at bringing STEM to the under-reached ‘tween and teen girl demographic. The show features five hosts who identify STEM problems and come up with solutions.
SWE member Missy Brost, Sr. Manager Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Support at Boeing [SWE CPC Member], attended the exciting press conference on behalf of the Society. Brost was a SWE 2010 Distinguished New Engineer of the Year.
“I was really impressed with the turnout of female guests and engineers present at the press conference,” Brost said. “And, the energy that the girls from the school had about the event was just contagious.”
The press conference opened with greetings from some of the show’s dynamic hosts and several announcements followed, including a fun one from a familiar actress.
“Big Bang Theory” star and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, announced that she will be joining the FabLab team with a new weekly Q&A digital segment called “Ask Mayim.” With the new segment, kids can send in questions about science and technology and receive answers from Bialik herself.
At the press conference, Bialik briefly discussed what influenced her to eventually take a hiatus from acting and pursue a degree in science.
“I was not raised thinking that I could be part of the science, math, technology, engineering world. I thought science was for boys. I didn’t get interested in biology until I was 15 or 16. I had an amazing tutor. It was my first female role model in science. And I fell in love with Biology. And I decided that when my acting contract finished when I was 19 years old that I would study science.”
The press conference concluded outside The Archer School for Girls with a variety of fun, interactive, hands-on experiments.
“The experiments demonstrated were really well-chosen,” Brost added. “The star-studded guests’ reaction to the experiments made it really fun.”
Additional stars present at the FabLab conference included Katherine McNamara (The Shadow Hunters), Brec Bassinger (Bella and the Bulldogs), Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Paris Berelc (Lab Rats), Chloe Lukasiak (Teen Choice Awards winner), Chantel Jeffries (Club Noir), and Roshon Fegan (Disney Channel).
Find out more about the show on the FabLab website.
SWE looks forward to remaining a partner with FabLab and discovering more ways we can inspire our young, future engineers!