Roominate: Playfully Inspiring Girl Engineers
As a parent, finding products that will encourage girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can be tricky. Though there are toys that do it well, more are always welcome. Enter Roominate, the creation of three young women who studied science, engineering, and math in college.
According to their Kickstarter page, only 15% of female first-year college students intend to major in STEM fields, and only 11% of engineers are women. Inventors Alice, Bettina, and Jennifer “Believe that early exposure to STEM through toys will inspire change.” Play can encourage more girls to tinker, invent, and experiment. That means more girls might enter the STEM Video Game Challenge, for example, or the Google Science Fair. The end result? More women in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.
After studying and observing how girls play, the three friends invented Roominate, “a kit of wooden building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire, and decorate her own unique interactive room. ” Little details can transform the room into a miniature pet shop, restaurant, bedroom, or any other space imaginable. Watch the video below and see:
Want to support Roominate or get one for your child? Visit its Kickstarter and make a donation!