Kids are influenced by the media and marketing from the moment they can walk and talk, which is why more people聽are trying to change what little ones see and play with 鈥 in the hopes that they might have different ideas for what they 鈥渨anna be when they grow up.鈥澛燫ealizing there were far聽too few women聽in the science and聽technology fields,聽University of Illinois engineering students聽Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves,聽brainstormed ways to get girls involved in STEM subjects from an earlier age and submitted their idea for the聽Miss Possible聽line of dolls to a competition in 2013. And won.

The dolls are modeled after strong female role models from history, starting with X-ray scientist Marie Curie. Future dolls will be designed to look like Bessie Coleman (the first African-American female aviator) and Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer).

Each doll comes with a companion app filled with聽content that gets girls excited about the topic their doll specialized in, offering up experiments and activities that will build their interest in the sciences. Hobbs says: 鈥淚t鈥檚 not just about getting girls excited about engineering. It鈥檚 important to show girls all the opportunities available to them.鈥 We are totally on board. Girl (and STEM!) power!

Do you think these dolls will encourage girls to try STEM in school and beyond? Let us know below!聽