My kitchen sink is filled with purple bubbles, the outcome of a science project my kids performed, thanks to their new friend, Adventurer Abby.
Adventurer Abby is the creation of a group of Harvard Business School students who are passionate about increasing the number of women with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) college majors and careers. Their mission is to expose girls to STEM as early and as often as possible in order to shape and empower our world’s next generation of female scientists and engineers.
It’s a great goal, isn’t it? I was intrigued when I heard about Adventurer Abby, especially since I am a mom to a bubbly almost six-year-old girl, G, who is at an age when math and science are fun. I want her enthusiasm for STEM-related topics to continue, and therefore welcomed the chance to review Adventurer Abby.
While Adventurer Abby is geared to girls, age six to nine, my seven-year-old son, R, also jumped into the action, asking his younger sister to let him play with her Adventurer Abby kit. G graciously allowed him into the activity, so, of course, I was already a fan—anytime my kids cooperatively play together is a win.
Adventurer Abby is described as “Dora the Explorer meets Bill Nye the Science Guy.” It’s a subscription service, where for $20 per month (or $25 for one month’s kit), kids receive a box filled with the necessary elements to perform a science experiment that connects to a story about Adventurer Abby and her puppy, Peanut. The box is easy to use; each step is labeled and the instructions are very clear, which is helpful to busy parents like me and to older kids who might want to do the experiment on their own. The experiment takes 20 to 40 minutes, depending upon whether or not the kids are reading Abby’s story aloud. Since we were playing with our Abby kit before school one morning (and we still made it to school on time!), I read the story to R and G while they ate breakfast.
For our experiment, the kids made “elephant foam,” that bubbly purple explosion that’s covering the bottom of my sink. Technically referred to as a “catalyst,” the foam was the outcome of an experiment designed to show the kids how, when different elements are combined together, they create a reaction. Our catalyst was made from hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, food coloring, yeast, and water. The only element I needed to contribute was water (and a place for the kids to get messy); the kit came with everything from the plastic cup in which to mix the yeast and water to the goggles G wore throughout the experiment (R wanted his own pair, but, again, having the kids share was an important lesson).
The genius of the Adventurer Abby kit is that the kids loved the end result—purple, messy bubbles really appeal to small people—and, since they performed each step of the experiment themselves, it was a real hands-on way for them to connect with the science behind the bubbles. They understood that putting the elements together resulted in the elephant foam, and they loved that they made it happen. R and G also really liked how the experiment was part of Abby’s story—and they adored Peanut.
As we cleaned up from the experiment, I asked G and R if they enjoyed their Adventurer Abby box. G yelled a big, “Yes!” R said, “I don’t just like it; I L-O-V-E it!”
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.