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Fast Forward Girls

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat STEM series highlights mentorship for girls.

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Educational Value

Shows how science, technology, engineering, and math principles contribute to things we use and consume every day. Teaches young girls about importance of female mentorship. 

Positive Messages

Series underscores importance and value of STEM, and how it relates to range of fields and careers. The idea that women are participating in STEM careers and doing important work in the field is also highlighted. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Professionals featured are makers and shakers in the industry, and serve as mentors to a new generation of young women. The young women being mentored are from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. 

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Popular young YouTube celebs are featured. Logos for the products, technology, and initiatives featured in each episode, like Beyond Meat and Music Not Impossible, are shown. Apple products visible, but logo isn't shown. The series streams on the GoldieBlox YouTube channel, which features reviews of maker kits for purchase. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fast Forward Girls is a series that features aspiring young female makers being mentored by women in STEM-related fields. It features various young YouTube celebrities, like Little Froggy, Annie LeBlanc, Shameless Maya, and others, but the focus is on having them learn more about how STEM relates to their personal interests and future career goals. Some episodes feature music videos celebrating female leaders and activists, too. The series is available on the GoldieBlox YouTube channel, which features info about maker kits available for purchase. 

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What's the story?

FAST FORWARD GIRLS is a series designed to introduce young women to STEM mentors around the world. Each week, an aspiring female maker, including YouTube personalities like Little Froggy and Annie LeBlanc, goes on an adventure to meet two women in fields that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math in some way. She spends time with each, learning more about what they do and participating in challenges designed to teach her about the principles that guide the work being done at that site. From meeting a slime scientist to learning how drones can stop animal poachers, each girl gets to experience firsthand how transformative STEM can be. At the end of the experience, they get a chance to choose which woman will be their lifetime mentor. 

Is it any good?

This upbeat educational series teaches viewers about STEM and women in STEM-related careers by showing how this work informs the fun stuff kids are already interested in. By featuring young female YouTube celebs, some of whom don't really have a background in STEM, the show feels more relatable to tween-age female fans. It focuses discussions on fun things like ice cream, music, slime, and popular culture. But the show also succeeds at showcasing successful women in these fields, and underscoring how important it is to reach out to them as mentors. Watching Fast Forward Girls offers a fun chance to learn more about STEM, and will hopefully inspire young female viewers to look at STEM-based education and careers as accessible and rewarding. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to have a mentor as you pursue your career goals. What kinds of things can a mentor help you with?

  • What are some of the obstacles women face when entering STEM-related careers? How can shows like Fast Forward Girls help remove such obstacles?

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