"I am so excited to be able to share Asha Loves Science with you and your family. The idea first came to me when I was looking for DVDs for my own daughter. She loves learning Spanish and Chinese from the cartoons she sees on TV. However, she didn't have a character to relate to that taught her words and concepts from her own culture. This also meant that she would grow up without a simple way to share her culture with her peers.
I also wanted to impart my love for science to my daughter. Always curious and willing to learn, my daughter is building foundations that will help her understand complex scientific concepts in the future. I think it is never too early to be curious about or in love with science!
Having a mathematician for a mother, I have always had a strong role model that encouraged me to explore my love for math and science. As a child, I never even realized that there were disproportionately fewer women in these fields. Asha is an enthusiastic, lovable, and positive role model for girls. I don't want any child to have an association between gender and science. Learning is a gender neutral activity!"
Najla Ahmad has recently completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Kansas. She has a M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology from Wellesley College. She has been working with various forms of art, such as cartooning, ceramics, and animation, for as long as she can remember.
Najla is working on the characters, concepts, script writing, and animation for Asha Loves Science.
Get acquainted with the creators of Asha and all her friends by going to the website: http://ashalovesscience.com
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