Google, NASA work together on Disney show to inspire girls into sciences

There are certain television tropes about computer scientists that just drive programmers nuts. They include the portrayal of coders as sun-starved and soft-bellied nerds who spend long hours alone in front of their computers. And almost always, those TV characters are male.

So when Disney Junior approached Google and NASA last year for a new series about a space adventure-seeking boy, his smart sister who codes and mother who drives the family spaceship, everyone involved in the project was determined to bury those stereotypes.

They agreed that done right, the show could help get girls interested in the sciences at an early age. After all, the data on gender and careers showed that the media can play a huge factor in girls’ decisions to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a 2014 report by Google.

So the creators of “Miles From Tomorrowland” visited Google headquarters in Silicon Valley and NASA’s Southern California base to talk to tech and space experts about ways to authentically portray the show’s Callisto family.

“We want all kids to get interested in science, but we really felt that it was important for girls in particular to see strong female characters,” said Sascha Paladino, the show’s creator.

The percentage of women entering into computer science studies declined from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent in 2009. About 27 percent of all professionals in computer science are women, according to the Google study. It also said girls who feel that television portrays programmers negatively or who don’t see other students like them taking computer science are significantly less likely to get into computing.

At NASA, the Disney team met with experts to help build out the character of the mom, Phoebe, who is the captain of the spaceship.

The character was inspired by astronaut Yvonne D. Cagle, and Disney Junior worked with NASA on astronomy and what it is like to live in space.

At Google, Paladino spent the day with several women engineers who homed in on the character Loretta, Miles’s smart older sister who uses computer code to solve problems that the family encounters during their adventures in space.”

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I just fell in love with Tyler James Williams.

Williams was one of my top picks for Peter Parker when the Marvel Studio and Sony joint effort was announced. In the interview above he mentions having read for Marvel before, he talks about how he relates Miles Morales to his Dominican friends and has clearly thought a lot about this character’s identity. He comments on Black Panther, Luke Cage, and how he wants to play a racially ambiguous character, as he believes there should be more diverse sexually and ethnically: “It doesn’t hurt any situation, it just doesn’t, I don’t see how it could, by putting more of your audience on the screen ultimately.” He loves the female Thor run and thinks it would be great on screen, also mentions that a female Spider-Man would be a good choice. Dude has more general MCU knowledge than some of the current MCU supporting cast, not even counting his comic book knowledge. His comments here are amazing and I hope they put this dude in the MCU sooner rather than later, but he needs to be in more movies in general. I also want to be his best friend.

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