The U.S. is increasingly falling behind in its education of potential and future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals. Even more disheartening is that there is a statistical decline in women pursuing STEM careers. It is becoming more critical to expose girls to STEM activities at a young age. One such way is through virtual worlds. You may have seen your child participate in virtual worlds for their name-brand dolls and stuffed animals, or even dress-up/fashion worlds. They may have taken a stab at playing with Minecraft. However, some of these worlds don’t reach young girls as they do young boys. Girls may not be interested in constructing a world of blocks and accessories in Minecraft or getting caught up in the world of fashion and models. Star Stable is a perfect alternative to reach those girls who aren’t into the superficial, or the abstract tasks of construction.
Here’s a video my daughters did for Kidzvuz giving an overview of Star Stable!
Why is Star Stable a great way to expose girls to STEM? Star Stable is a wholesome, horse adventure game designed for girls ages 7-17 (yes…up to age 17!). It’s one of the few MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing games) geared towards girls. One of the key features that I appreciate is that it offers creativity and fun while in a secure and safe environment. It’s more than over-the-top avatars walking through a cartoon environment. In Star Stable, girls can customize their life-like avatars by name and appearance. They can customize their horse (from a variety of types including Friesians, Andalusians, Arabians) as well as practice responsibility for it. That’s right. Girls actually will have the responsibility and opportunity to feed, groom, train, and care for their horses, but this is just the tip of the iceberg!
The core of the role-playing is participating in horse races (and earn prizes), quests, adventures, and more! There are multiple worlds such as the ancient forest of Hollow Woods. The premise of the world is based on an original story-the mysteries of the island of Jorvik. There are thousands of quests already present in the world and the game is updated weekly to ensure there are always surprises and challenges in store for users.
Star Stable users can journey through multiple environments and easily navigate between tasks and options. There are challenges and quests for users to participate in. Even more exciting, is that users can interact with other users who are online in a social yet safe manner. Girls can create their own riding club with friends as well!
Girls also have the opportunity to become Star Riders for membership fees. The prices are reasonable for a single month ($7.49), 3 months, 6 months, to a lifetime membership ($69.95). This makes it a reasonable birthday or holiday gift for girls that they can possibly access from their grade school years to their teens!
Here are my favorite educational highlights of Star Stable:
- Exposure to sophisticated graphics and real-life applications of technology
- Opportunity for safe socialization in a virtual environment
- Introduction to multi-player online gaming to learn tasks
- Practice of responsibility and care for one another (or their horse!)
- Exposure to technology as a function of user commands
Star Stable is available as a download to your computer. Hope you try out a FREE account to see if the little girl in your life likes it! My girls (even my 13 year old) got wrapped up in it as soon as they started playing! They were begging to become Star Riders!
Disclaimer: I received one complimentary lifetime membership to Star Stable as compensation. The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own. Thank you to Star Stable for allowing me to try out this unique adventure experience for girls!