The children in the room, all from underserved communities in Brooklyn, were there as part of No Limits, an initiative Mercedes-Benz, Mattel, and the National Girls Collaborative Project launched on November 8, National STEM/STEAM Day. At parallel events in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, children gathered to learn about fighting stereotypes of what girls and boys can do.
"They said I could never finish, so I finishedfirst," Rosqvist says in the video.
Of course, getting more women into STEM careers will take more than a toy race car.
"These cars, what they're meant to be is a tangiblereminder of this day," Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, co-chair of the NGCP GirlsAdvisory Board, told Refinery29.
"It's fear," Digital Girl's Robinson said ofwhat's turning these kids away from STEM.
She believes that boys and girls in underserved communitiestake in images of geeky white male "geniuses" working in STEM careersand assume that they don't belong.
Exposure to programs like this seems to have made an impacton some of the students at the No Limits event.
Just like Ewy Rosqvist, Stone-Taylor is showing little girlswhat's possible.