FabLab, a STEM Show for Teen Girls, Launches on FOX

FabLab, a new science television series from the producers of the Teen Choice Awards, has launched on FOX. The show aims to enthuse tween and teen girls about STEM by drawing connections between STEM innovations and efforts to make the world a better place. FabLab is produced in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and 15 other organizational partners interested in inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

“We know that STEM is the fastest-growing professional sector with the highest paying jobs,” says Elizabeth English, head of school at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, a FabLab partner. “We also know that these fields hold the key to solving some of our world’s most pressing problems and as such demand a plurality of perspectives. Archer is proud to stand at the forefront of advancing girls in STEM and to be working toward a future where women are not only contributors to STEM solutions but leaders in the field.”

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Statistics show that 74 percent of girls exhibit at least as much interest as boys in the sciences. High school girls, for example, surpass the percentage of boys interested in Algebra II and Calculus. Along the way to a career, however, young women tend to be drawn to fields that have social impact and make a difference. FabLab, according to its producers, will highlight amazing STEM discoveries that are mind-blowing and world-changing to help reframe STEM and allow young women to see those fields as a creative outlet for improving their world.

The show is already drawing support from corporations and celebrities. Mayim Bialik, a neuroscientist best known for her acting roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, recently joined the cast and will host a Q&A segment on the show called “Ask Mayim,” where she answers questions about science and technology. “As a neuroscientist who was encouraged to enter the field in high school, getting girls involved in science (or STEM) is a personal passion of mine,” she says. “Through my interactive segment I hope to get more young women excited about getting into the field that I love so much.”

FabLab airs weekend mornings on FOX affiliates and is hosted by Kerri Doherty, popular on YouTube for her comedic approach to all things geeky; Cara Santa Maria, a hipster science broadcaster; newcomer Aysia Bell; Madi Vorva, a Teen Choice Pro-Social award winner; and the sole male host, Nick Uhas, a former Big Brother contestant and a YouTube science guru. Celebrity co-hosts and guests will populate the series, taped each week at a new locale to augment that week’s topic.