Roominate gives a modern twist to a typical girl's dollhouse. Along with building individual rooms, girls can also change the wiring and rig different rooms with working light switches, buzzers, or even fans.
The project began with three women majoring in engineering, math, and science who saw that there is a gap in girls' toys that inspire engineering and electronics. The women, being in a field dominated by men, wanted to offer toys that promoted a different kind of play for young girls. With the help of Kickstarter, they created Roominate to hopefully inspire girls to get out of their prepackaged pink Barbie boxes and get down and dirty with electronics and building. They succeeded their goal of $25,000 and accumulated over $85,000 to fund the project. For those lucky enough who got to snag a kit will have two wooden walls, a floor, various building pieces to construct furniture, one complete circuit, and assorted decorations.
Technology is ever changing and is becoming more integrated in our daily lives.
It's refreshing to see that toys are reflecting the expansive world of electronics to not only boys, but girls as well. Creativity and exposure to different ideas shouldn’t be limited by our sex, and Roominate makes room for young female engineers to learn and grow without feeling alienated.