Mayim Bialik, star of the hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," is a mother of two boys (ages 10 and 13) and has a deep passion for instilling in children a love of STEM—as in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We sat down with Mayim to learn more about her new role as the ambassador for Little Tikes STEM Jr. Week, as well as how she incorporates science into her kids' everyday play.
Little Tikes just launched STEM Jr. Wonder Lab for kids to learn, explore and, most importantly, have fun!
Tell us what drew you to serve as the ambassador for Little Tikes STEM Jr. Week.
Well, it's such a natural connection for me! I love the idea that kids can see what being a real scientist is like with this adorable and functional lab! STEM for kids is not just about learning facts and figures, it's about teaching what a life as a scientist can look like. Starting before kindergarten is brilliant because they are ready to learn, experiment and play while getting to experience being a real-life scientist.
What advice do you have for parents who want to incorporate more science and STEM into their kids' play?
Educating ourselves by using the resources in libraries and online to find new ways to understand our world. Also, encouraging kids to see the hidden STEM opportunities all around them. When we cook or bake, it's math and chemistry. When we observe weather patterns or even changes in our body, these are all wonders of the STEM awareness kids naturally have!
What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?
Talking walks. Looking at nature and examining flowers and bugs and rocks and trees.
What is your parenting motto?
I've never done this before!
If you could have lunch with any business person/mogul/entrepreneur/nonprofit founder living or dead, who would it be and why?
I'm kind of into Tony Robbins. I think he is so fascinating.
What is your No. 1 time-saving/sanity-saving piece of advice for parents with small children?
Be gentle with yourself. You don't have to do it perfectly. Sometimes dinner is a can of vegetarian beans and corn. They'll live.