Children as young as six believe girls aren't as clever as boys or aren't as good at maths or science. This is just wrong. Blue Broccoli and Nanobots: Awesome careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths aims to challenge these beliefs at the earliest possible age.
The book aims to get young girls to believe that anything is possible, to plant ideas in their minds of jobs they have never even heard of. The ultimate aim is for both girls and boys to grow up thinking it's perfectly normal for them to want to be nanotechnologists, aerospace engineers or theoretical physicists.
The book is full of exciting careers that should appeal to both girls and boys. The characters all happen to be girls, but this should just help to normalise these careers as being for girls as well.
Written for children from 5-10 years old, the aim is to get children to believe that anything is possible, to show them they can be whatever they choose to be.
Blue Broccoli and Nanobots both feature in the book as examples of fun things children could choose to work on when they grow up. The idea of using these as the title is to make the book stand out, to make children want to pick it up and find out what it's about. The book is designed to be a fun engaging way to inspire children to dream big, and an unusual fun title will hopefully help spark their interest immediately.
Bryony Mathew is a British diplomat with a passion for inspiring children, especially girls, in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and maths). She has travelled all over the world, from Zambia, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Greenland, Brazil and the Philippines. Bryony has held diplomatic positions in India and China; most recently she was deputy ambassador to Cambodia. She has a PhD in neuroscience, an MSc in primate brain evolution, is a mum of two, and likes to run.