This week’s #womaninstemcrush is pretty incredible 😊. Kristy Muir, @kristylmuir , is the CEO & Co-Founder of @fuzeplay , an EdTech company that aims to teach and encourage kids and adults to love and learn STEAM through play. Their main product is ZubiFlyer, a hackable Frisbee that teaches coding in a fun and simple way with their tagline being Build, Hack, Play.
Fuzeplay’s story began when Kristy’s daughter came back home after being teased for liking and doing well in math. Her daughter has always loved and been interested in STEM and as a mom, she has always wanted for her daughters to be confident in what they do and know that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to. Coupled up with her research where she found that the “U.S. currently ranks lower than 28 other countries for STEM learning and that women only comprise 24% of all STEM fields combined and are culturally pushed out of liking STEM around ages 8-12 years old” (Fuzeplay.io) This pushed her to want to do something about this and hence contribute to improving these figures.
Once she had started Fuzeplay, something amazing started happening. As she was going around to schools and teaching a simple circuit class and sharing her journey on social media, other moms started contacting her as they also wanted to help fill the gaps in their children’s education. This led to the creation of FuzePlay’s Builder Program, where moms with no tech or STEM background, get to learn more about STEM with the free materials Fuzeplay provides allowing them to bring this into their children’s classrooms, as their way to also contribute to their STEM education.
I came across an interview that she did and I really loved her advice for female entrepreneurs.. “Just START! Don’t let fear, failure, or perceived competence hold you back. Just because you feel like you lack the skills to get the job done, doesn’t mean you can’t be confident in your ability to work hard and develop the competence needed to be successful. It’s scary to put yourself out there and try something new, but if I let my fears and failures stop me I would stop every single day and never progress or have big successes.” Kristy Muir