How to Hot Wire a Doll House
New Company Builds Toys Meant to Spark STEM Interest Among Girls
by Jose Pedraza, age 15
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields suffer from a huge gender imbalance. A start-up company called Roominate is trying to address a lack of women in engineering fields. They plan to use toys. Their goal is to interest girls in science and technology while they’re young. A new toy dollhouse aims to spark that interest.
Many girls already enjoy playing with dollhouses. The difference with this dollhouse is that the child must set up the electrical wiring aspect of the house. It is this wiring system that will eventually control the electronics in the house.
Started by two female electrical engineers, Roominate tested the product on young girls before seeking to fund the project. The goal is to start girls thinking like engineers now, so that this thought process will develop further as they grow up. The hope is that more women and girls will choose careers in science and technology.
[Sources: Forbes; Roominate website]