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National STEAM Day

National STEAM Day is "meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math." Created by MGA Entertainment, it was inspired by their brand Project Mc², a company that encourages girls to explore S.T.E.A.M. with experiment sets, dolls, and a Netflix Original Series, Project Mc². Produced from 2015 through 2017, the series focuses on S.T.E.A.M.: Four girls—McKeyla McAlister and her three friends—work for the government in a secret spy organization that is trying to protect the world. It is named NOV8—pronounced "innovate"—which explains why National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day is held on November 8. Most of the fastest-growing occupations involve S.T.E.A.M., and an early interest in it can help young people later in life. The day motivates kids to pursue these subjects, with a specific goal of encouraging girls to build an interest in them, as there is a gender gap in S.T.E.A.M.-related fields.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by encouraging and working to inspire your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or any other children you know to pursue an interest in S.T.E.A.M. Perhaps you could give them a book that will pique their interest, watch Project Mc² with them, or take them to a museum that focuses on S.T.E.A.M.. You could even talk to them about some of the things they could do when they get older that are related to S.T.E.A.M.. Post on social media using the hashtag #STEMSTEAMDay.

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