What better way to celebrate National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Day than to check out “Science and Star Wars,” a limited series hosted by The Star Wars Show‘s Anthony Carboni and featuring exciting guests like Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano on The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Battlefront II‘s Janina Gavankar. A report on representation of women in these fields by LinkedIn shows that women aren’t pursuing these fields of education in the same numbers as liberal arts studies. The study reveals “a strong correlation between the female representation in leadership positions, and overall hiring of women in a given industry” and suggests mentoring as an important tool to increasing the participation of women.
With support of corporate sponsor IBM, Lucasfilm helps battle the perception that women and people of color aren’t interested in STEM. Each episode looks at the intersection of fantastical storytelling and science, and also brings in a diverse group of guests to share in the discovery. In one fun episode, Lucasfilm Story Group’s Diana Williams joins Carboni to consider the potential for speeders and hover vehicles in our future.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.