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Celebrating National STEAM Day with the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag

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Full STEAM ahead for encouraging girls to explore the sciences.

STEMAs a mother to a daughter, a feisty, strong-minded daughter at that, I feel a responsibility to instil in her a sense that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

At the moment she enjoys so many things, but particularly maths and science. I think it’s the thrill of exploring ideas and working things out.

It’s fascinating to see her enjoyment in these subjects and it would be great to see her carry these interests on as she gets older. The sad fact is that less than one in 20 girls consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) compared to one in five boys.

Over the last few years a movement seems to have begun to get more girls interested in STEM topics and Project MC2 – a TV show on Netflix about 4 school girl friends who are also super spies and science and tech whizzes, which also boasts a range of dolls and other toys – is one of those at the forefront of this.

MGM Entertainment, the company behind Project MC2, is taking it so seriously that there’s now a National STEAM Day to inspire children’s interests in science, technology, engineering, art and maths.

To celebrate this year’s inaugural event, my daughter was sent the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag to try out.

What’s inside the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag?

Olivia was so excited when the the Ultimate Spy Bag arrived and couldn’t wait to rip open the packaging. The bag itself claims to include more than 15 pieces and also comes with a mini spy book and some cards to record fingerprints.

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It wasn’t hard to remove the bag from its box and once opened, we found that it’s certainly not short on gadgets. It includes a lipstick that’s actually a secret message launcher; a torch disguised as a nail polish bottle; a fingerprinting kit that resembles a compact make-up powder kit; and an air blower that looks like a perfume bottle.

It also has a small ‘spy book’ with ideas for different science experiments and includes beakers and test tubes to carry those out in.

If I’m honest, I’m not overly keen on the fact that the gadgets are disguised as items of make-up. To my mind, it reinforces the idea that girls are expected to wear make-up, even if only in a small way. However, I do like the idea of turning ‘normal’ objects into secret agent gadgets.

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The lipstick secret message launcher was a particular favourite for both Olivia and William.

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Dusting for fingerprints was also fun. It was a little messy with the powder, but it was manageable.

What we think of the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag.

Olivia likes this bag. A lot.

The gadgets are a novelty and she enjoyed trying them all out.

The idea of dusting for fingerprints particularly caught Olivia’s imagination and the spy book includes a few ‘bubbling’ experiments that she can’t wait to try.

As a parent, I like it because it’s made of sturdy plastic: it reassures you that it’s not going to break at the slightest touch.

I also like the way everything is contained within the bag, lessening the risk of something going missing.

Priced at between £30 and £40, the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag isn’t cheap. It is, however, packed with activities that will keep your child busy. If you can get over the fact that the gadgets are disguised as make-up – and let’s face it, it will probably bother you more than your child – then I’d say this is a good purchase.

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Please note: I was sent the Project MC2 Ultimate Spy Bag for the purposes of this review. All views and opinions expressed are 100% honest.

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