There’s finally an intelligent alternative to Barbie little girls may actually want to play with

Written by: Lisa Stelzner

Primary Source: Daily Dose of Science Blog

I think this is great.  Two recent engineering graduates decided to create a line of dolls called Miss Possible – and what makes these dolls special is they represent famous women in STEM from history, such as Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, and Bessie Coleman (the first African-American female pilot for those of you who don’t know).  The dolls will come with apps that describe the life of these women and allows girls to do hands-on activities relating to their lives, such as creating a compass for Marie Curie. The doll creators are raising funds on IndieGoGo and allowing for preorders of the dolls.


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Lisa Stelzner
I'm a plant biology PhD student studying monarch butterflies in Michigan, but I'm interested in lots of other types of science, too. I am interested in how breeding monarch butterflies choose their habitat based on floral species richness and abundance. Few studies have been conducted on optimal foraging theory when it involves an organism searching for two different kinds of resources, and butterflies are an ideal study system to investigate this, since many species are ovipositing specialists and only lay eggs on one species of hostplant, but are feeding generalists and nectar from a broad variety of flowering forbs.