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Science Matters Lunch and Learn: Bridging the Gender Divide – Toys that Build STEM Skills

June 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library and
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The program

From chemistry to construction, toys have prepared generations of kids to pursue careers in STEM fields. Discover how these toys, once marketed primarily to boys, have evolved to encourage all children through play to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Bridging the Gender Divide – Toys that Build STEM Skills offers a historical look at how toys helped children develop the skills that contributed to success in STEM-based careers, and how the advertising of these toys has changed over time to reflect cultural values.

The speaker

Amy McKune has served as T/m’s Curator of Collections since 2017 and is the curator of the exhibit, Bridging the Gender Divide: Toys that Build STEM Skills. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College and an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY – Oneonta. During Amy’s 30-year career, she has served in curatorial and collections management positions for five museums. Between 1992 and 1996, she played a key role in creating the new Washington State History Museum (Tacoma, WA) and a 23,000 ft² long-term exhibition on Washington State’s history. Amy is drawn to topics related to equity for women, so she welcomed the opportunity to curate this exhibition.

Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.

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The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy our public programs. Closed captions are provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the program.

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The program will also be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page.

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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


June 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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