CONTACT:
 
 Dr.
 Erin
 Albert,
 CEO,
 Pharm,
 LLC
 
 pharmllc@gmail.com
 
 317-­‐698-­‐3202
 
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Press Release: Kickstarter Campaign to Excite Girls About STEM Careers

http://kck.st/16De3lT I'm running for the month of October, 2013, a Kickstarter campaign to engage girls ages 5-9 in STEM careers - by writing and printing a children's book. There's a Facebook page on the project too - just search "STEM princess" at Facebook - and use #STEMPrincess as hashtag over at Twitter.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Transcripts - Press Release: Kickstarter Campaign to Excite Girls About STEM Careers

  • 1. CONTACT:    Dr.  Erin  Albert,  CEO,  Pharm,  LLC    pharmllc@gmail.com    317-­‐698-­‐3202       FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE                 INDIANAPOLIS,  IN,  October  1,  2013  –  NaLve  Hoosier,  author,  entrepreneur  and  STEM  professor,  Dr.  Erin   Albert  is  wriLng  her  first  children’s  book,  which  addresses  the  second  crisis  and  decline  of  young  girls   interested  in  STEM  careers  in  the  state  of  Indiana,  and  is  running  a  Kickstarter  campaign  to  get  the  book  in   the  hands  of  Hoosier  girls:   hYp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820374401/ge]ng-­‐girls-­‐excited-­‐about-­‐stem-­‐a-­‐childrens-­‐book.           While  life  sciences  are  the  highest  area  of  professional  interest  for  girls  in  STEM  careers,  the  future  growth   of  STEM  careers  in  the  state  and  in  the  U.S.  will  be  in  computer  science  and  engineering  in  the  future,  not   life  sciences.    “While  girls  are  most  interested  in  the  life  sciences,  unfortunately,  interest  in  computer   science  and  engineering  in  STEM  for  girls  is  declining,  which  is  a  second  crisis  in  STEM  for  girls,”  says  Albert.     Albert,  an  Indiana  University  alumnus  and  assistant  professor  of  pharmacy  pracLce  and  alumnus  from   Butler  University  states  that,  “Being  a  girl  in  the  state  of  Indiana  is  hard.    Anyone  who  reads  the  St.  Mary’s   College  report  out  on  the  state  of  girls  in  Indiana  already  knows  that  while  girls  are  aYending  college  at   higher  rates  than  boys,  girls  in  the  state  of  Indiana  sLll  perform  more  poorly  on  AP  exams  across  the  board   on  all  STEM  subjects  than  boys.  We  must  turn  this  trend  around.”       Albert  created  a  Kickstarter  campaign  not  to  produce  a  children’s  book  on  generaLng  interest  in  STEM   careers  for  girls,  but  to  instead  fund  prinLng  of  enough  books  to  donate  one  copy  of  her  book,  The   Amazing  Adventures  of  the  Princesses  from  Planet  STEM,  to  each  public  library  in  the  state  of  Indiana.       “It’s  one  thing  to  write  and  produce  a  children’s  book,  but  this  isn’t  what  the  Kickstarter  campaign  is  about.     Instead  it  is  focused  on  prinLng  enough  copies  of  the  story  to  get  the  book  into  Indiana’s  public  libraries   and  the  hands  of  girls  across  the  state,  at  an  early  age,  to  encourage  them  along  with  their  parents    to   further  explore  all  domains  of  STEM  in  a  fun,  edutaining  way,”  Albert  states.       The  Kickstarter  campaign  runs  through  October,  and  the  funding  is  ‘all  or  none,’  meaning  that  Albert  must   raise  a  minimum  of  $6,300  or  the  project  will  not  be  funded  at  all.    “I  chose  the  all  or  none  plaform  to   create  a  sense  of  urgency  around  this  project,  because  frankly,  the  economic  future  of  Indiana  and  girls  of   the  state  ARE  urgent  maYers,”  according  to  Albert.       All  funders’  names  will  be  included  in  the  book.    To  back  the  Kickstarter  campaign,  logon  to:   hYp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820374401/ge]ng-­‐girls-­‐excited-­‐about-­‐stem-­‐a-­‐childrens-­‐book  .    The   book  also  has  a  facebook  page,  hYps://www.facebook.com/STEMprincess,  and  on  TwiYer,  the  hashtag  for   the  project  is:  #STEMPrincess.                                                                                                                                                                                        ###         Indiana  STEM  Professor  Launches  Kickstarter  Campaign   To  Encourage  Girls  To  Engage  In  STEM*  Careers     Through  a  Children’s  Book     *STEM  =  science,  technology,  engineering  and  math

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