If there is anything I like more than nerdy science music, it’s nerdy science music for a cause. In this case, one of my favorite causes: getting girls interested in science and engineering! So, today’s Music Monday isn’t about a specific artist, but about a new album called Science Fair. The goal of this album was to collect songs sung by women and girls that are all about science and engineering education. Yeah, that’s pretty cool.
It’s a pretty well known fact in the scientific community that to really get girls excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, you have to get them young, before they realize that those are “boy things”. This is the most basic concept of this album, to let girls know that: yes, they can be scientists. Interestingly enough, the idea for this album did not come directly from a woman scientist, but from her son, who was inspired by both his parents and growing up, as he puts it, “raised by sicentists and feminists”. You can read here a fabulous personal account from his mother on what it was like being a woman computer scientist in the days before that was really accepted. Bill Childs is the owner of Spare the Rock records (as in: Spare the rock, spoil the child) who released the album. Other co-producers on this album include Elizabeth Mitchell, Molly Ledford, and Dean Jones.
This is the first video to be released from the album. Other song titles include: Phytoplankton, Time Machine, (I Wanna Be Like) Madame Curie, Rocket Science, To Be a Fossil, and Heisenberg’s Aha!
You can find the song Deja Vu played in this mix.
How To Purchase
So, I mentioned that this album is for a cause. Well, it’s not just about playing for girls to let them know about science. Net proceeds from the sales will be donated to Girls, Inc. science education program. Here are some places to buy this: itunes and amazon. You can also connect with Spare the Rock records on Twitter and Facebook. I already own this one, and let me tell you, I can’t wait to play it for my classes in the fall!