We love a National Awareness day and always try to get involved wherever possible. Some I love more than others, Mothers Day for example (an extra lie in – bonus!!), and some are much closer to my heart – Baby Loss Awareness, World Prematurity and Mental Health to name a few. There are so many weird and wonderful awareness days, ranging from the wacky to the obscure – National Pie day and Chocolate Milkshake day are two that I wouldn’t mind getting involved in either!
But National S.T.E.M/S.T.E.A.M day was one that had completely bypassed me, clearly I was still too engrossed in thinking about those pies, and it was only when I was approached to get involved in Project Mc2 H20 car that I took the time to discover more about this national day. And actually it’s a really important day for our children.
National S.T.E.M/S.T.EA.M day is a day meant to inspire children to explore and pursue their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. It’s about working together to achieve a world-leading education for all young people and it’s more important now than ever before.
S.T.E.A.M is all around us and shapes our every day experiences with the predicted ten fastest growing occupations centering around S.T.E.A.M careers. It is so important to encourage our children to forge an interest in S.T.E.A.M from an early age to give them the very best start in life and, as a Mother of two girls, to motivate my daughters to challenge the gender gaps that exist in S.T.E.A.M related careers.
Inspired by the Project Mc² brand, and the series shown on Netflix, the S.T.E.A.M. based franchise features four girls who are part of a super-secret spy organization called NOV8 (that’s “innovate”), stemming from National S.T.E.A.M day on the 8th November. Having recently seen an episode of Project Mc2 I can confirm that these four girls are not only super spies, but super sassy, super smart and actually really good role models for our children.
I always think that at a young age, education should be hands on, simple, and most of all fun. And what better way to introduce them to S.T.E.A.M than with the Project MC2 remote control powered car that is fuelled by water! Whilst Lewis is far too old to have any interest in toys, he was intrigued as to how a car could run off water and although he refused to join in, he did sit and watch from a distance, ever the sceptic, wondering how it was going to work.
The car is a great size, sporty and red, and has some fantastic features such as working headlights, bonnet, fuel tank cover, side mirrors, seat belts and red LED tail lights. It comes with an engine pack, remote control and a fuel tank.
After inserting the batteries into the power pack, it is then connected via wires beneath the bonnet.
Using the fuel tank, the girls then filled the tank with water, again something they were very excited to do!
But the most exciting part for my girls was that it runs forwards and backwards using the remote control. And whilst there was a
hell of a lot little squabbling over who got to hold the remote, they soon discovered that being chased by the car was almost as much fun as driving it!
The car fits two Project Mc2 dolls, sold separately, but as we didn’t have any of these dolls we used Anna and Cinderella who fit perfectly. When the car is in motion ‘steam’ is emitted from the tail pipes, much to the children’s amazement.
The children absolutely love their new car but what I was impressed with, as a parent, was that even at three and four the girls were already questioning how it worked, how the steam was made, and even Lewis was interested in the explanation.
So how does it work? Well firstly, adding the water into the car turns it on. The water completes an electrical circuit and allows electricity to flow from the battery to the motor. Secondly, it creates the mist that looks like the car’s exhaust. The mist is made from millions of tiny water droplets. In the same way that splashing around a pool creates lots of large droplets, if you could do this ultra-fast, you would form ultra-tiny water droplets. The same thing happens in this car. A small plate vibrates super-fast to make millions of tiny water droplets that form the car “exhaust”. Amazing, right?
With Lewis aspiring to be an engineer when he is older, a Royal Navy engineer to be precise, S.T.E.A.M will be such an important part of his path. And the youngest three? They could well follow into S.T.E.A.M related careers and yet right now Eva still claims that she wants to be a princess, the same goes for Harry, and Megan? Well Megan wants to be a “real life dolphin” but for now, they are happy chauffeuring Anna and Cinderella about and simply being children.