My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Engaging Children in STEAM - Play Dough

 

Child with play dough
My daughter playing with play dough

What's a fun and interactive way to start introducing toddlers to #stem principals like material density and cause and effect, while also encouraging creativity and imagination? PLAY DOUGH! 

Get (or make!) some play dough in prime colours and see what happens when you mix two of the colours together. 

What happens when you throw a ball of play dough against the floor? 
 
What happens when you squeeze a ball of play dough really hard? 
 
What different shapes can you make? 

My daughter likes to try and make balls and then squash them into circles!

Playing with play dough also encourages curiosity and prompt various questions which will help increase knowledge and help overall development.

Click here to view the play dough recipe I love to use. I love the consistency, it worked so well and was super quick and easy to make (I didnt bother scenting mine). 

Added bonus: making the play dough with my daughter also exposed her to fractions and following a recipe.


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