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Modern Boffin creates STEM kids' clothing

Modern Boffin's clothing for kids grew out of a passion for science.

Joshua Huston

Inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Modern Boffin’s clothing designs are made for children from 3 months up to age 6, with some youth and adult sizes available. 

The husband-and-wife team of Maricris and Javier Orama launched Tacoma-based Modern Boffin in September out of a strong passion for the sciences; Maricris is a college-level chemistry instructor and Javier is a pilot. Their nephews also have a fascination with science and math, and have provided inspiration for the clothing company. When their daughter was born, they wanted to show off their love for STEM but struggled to find modern, stylish clothing that didn’t make fun of science. “We think science deserves respect, instead of teasing,” said Maricris. With a desire to make fashionable STEM-related clothing, Modern Boffin was born. 

Modern Boffin has designs that allow kids to show off their love for dinosaurs, the space shuttle and math, and to shout their status as a “science junkie.”

Boffin is a slang term from the UK for anyone involved in scientific, engineering, or technical work. Maricris said the name Modern Boffin was their way of showing respect to everyone involved in the STEM workforce. “We have all those misconceptions of those who work in STEM,” said Maricris. “I want to break down all those misconceptions.”

As an advocate of STEM education for children, the company donates a portion of the proceeds to a different STEM education nonprofit organization every month. Their latest recipient was Iridescent Learning from Los Angeles. Modern Boffin also is creating an Iridescent Learning clothing line in honor of the nonprofit. 


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