Roominate is Designed to Spark an Interest in Science, Math, and Technology in Girls


Way back in the dark ages when I was earning a degree in chemistry, I was one of the few females in my chemistry, physics, and math classes.  I’m sad to report things haven’t changed much in the intervening years, since “only 15% of female first-year college students intend to major in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).”  Three women with degrees from the California Institute of Technology, MIT, and Stanford have designed a toy for girls ages 6-10 “based on the belief that childhood exposure can facilitate excitement, familiarity, and confidence between young girls and STEM”.  Roominate “is a stackable, attachable & customizable miniature room with working circuits that you build yourself.”  Using only rudimentary prototypes, playing with Roominate has sparked great excitement and interest in girls as they’ve designed and built a variety of rooms, including little pet stores and restaurants, with working circuits.  Roominate started as a Kickstarter project that was funded at more than 300% of their goal just a few days ago.  You can go to the Roominate page to sign up on the waiting list if you’d like to inspire an interest in math and the sciences in a little girl you know.

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  • Julie June 21, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Wow, this reminds me of the little “doll houses” my sister and I built when we were kids. Although we didn’t have lights or circuits, I remember using material to create wallpaper, rugs, and cardboard to build the furniture. I think I even made little books with actual pages to put in the bookcase I made. If I remember correctly, we created rooms using the boxes from Minolta cameras / lenses that my dad bought at the time. Ahhhh those were fun times… :)

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  • Koppa June 25, 2012, 7:06 am

    This is nothing new. Our dollhouse also had this in 1978. But instead it used micro-bulbs instead of LED’s.

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  • Janet Cloninger June 25, 2012, 10:33 am

    @ Koppa Did those dollhouses simply have lightbulbs installed in them, or could you select the fixtures and connect the circuitry yourself?

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