Can Netflix Project Mc2 Encourage Girls to Like STEM?

Netflix has launched a brand new TV series for tweens called Project Mc2 just in time for Back to School. Can this new series encourage girls to like STEM?? Find out what our reviewer Roseanna (12) thought of the new series.

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What is it?

A Netflix original series, Project Mc2  follows four super smart and science-skilled girls as they are recruited to join the spy organization, NOV8 (that’s “innovate”).

On the girls’ first mission as secret agents, they covertly and comically offer protection to a British Royal about to embark on a very important space launch. They use S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and girl-power to save the day, proving that Smart is the New Cool™.

Who is it for?

Ideal for tweens, e.g. ages 6-12.

Why is it different?

We love how it’s promoting girls using STEM and girl power. Anything that gets girls aged 6 and 12 excited about STEM so that they are more comfortable later on taking the engineering and science and math courses, is only a good thing in our book.

  • Girls are 5 times less likely to consider a technology related career.
  • In the UK, fewer than 1 in 5 computer scientists are women (Women and ICT).
  • Women make up 47 percent of the total workforce in the United States, but female engineers remain rare — just 15 percent of chemical engineers, 12 percent of civil engineers and 8 percent of electrical and electronics engineers are women, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project.
  • Seventy percent of the privately funded technology companies in the United States have all-male boards of directors, according to the Choose Possibility Project

You might also like reading Girls in Tech: Tips for Encouraging Your Daughter to Explore Technology

What our reviewer thought

This show is really cool and I enjoyed it. Some of the things that made the show so good were the fact that the characters invented amazing things to help them.

Adrienne invented lots of things using food. I like to bake so thought it was cool to see what else you could do with ingredients. Bryden is a great hacker and can track down anybody on social media, which was interesting to see. Camryn is really smart and understands so much about science and technology. She helped  the team because she would make great gadgets out of old electrical wires and junk. McKeyla, who was the main character had a really cool notebook and inside it was an Ipad she called Addison. It was a talking ipad that knew the answer to all their questions. I would love one of those!

I liked how the girls were heroes in project MC2 and were so good at using technology to complete their mission. It was really inspiring. I would recommend the show to girls aged 8-12.”, Roseanna aged 12

Watch Project Mc2 on Netflix, and visit the Project Mc2 website for fun learning activities, quizzes and games for girls.

Over to you now. Has your tween watched Project Mc2? What did they think? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls