On a crisp March morning at The Archer School for Girls in West Los Angeles, students gathered to celebrate the launch of “FabLab,” a STEM-inspired television show aimed at tween and teen girls. With females making up only 30 percent of the characters on kids’ TV, “FabLab” brings meaningful girl characters to the forefront. Four of the show’s five hosts are female, and the producers are dedicated to showcasing women’s current contributions and future potential in the field of science.
Hosts Kerri Doherty, Aysia Bell, Nick Uhas, Madi Vorva and Cara Santa Maria – who were on hand for the Archer event – meet with scientists across the country to showcase their work. The show currently airs at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays on Fox 11. On the FabLab News YouTube Channel, hosts report on science news from the teen perspective. They’ve covered the Flint Water Crisis, El Niño and the comeback of endangered pandas.
The hosts of the show and tween and teen celebrities raised the caliber of cool for the Archer students attending the launch, as well as the decibel meter. The screams were loudest for singer and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Roshon Fegan, who joined other teen celebrities including Katherine McNamara, Brec Bassinger, Chloe Lukasiak, Kelli Berglund, Chantel Jeffries, Luna Blaise and Paris Berelc for some STEM-tastic trivia.
The volume picked up again for Archer’s Head of School Elizabeth English and “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik, who talked about how she got into science, eventually earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience. “I was not raised thinking I could be a part of the science, math, technology, engineering world,” Bialik said. “I thought science was for boys. And honestly, if I had gone to a girls’ school, I think I would’ve had a lot less pressure around those stereotypes that many of us grow up with.” A homeschool teacher eventually inspired Bialik’s love of biology and neuroscience in her teen years. On “Fablab,”Bialik answers science and technology questions from kids across the country during her weekly “Ask Mayim” segment.
After Bialik’s talk, students and celebrities enjoyed a few experiments for the first episode of the show.
Here’s where your teen comes in. FabLab is currently accepting submissions for FabLab correspondents ages 13 and up. Teens just have to create a one-minute YouTube, Vine or Instagram video tagged #lenovofabfinder explaining why they should be a FabLab correspondent. For rules and the entry form go to www.fablabtv.com/fabfinder.