These products are new additions to the ‘pro girl’ range of Lottie dolls launched in Autumn 2012. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Robot Girl Lottie and the Busy Lizzie the Robot accessory set introduce the theme of robots in a positive way encouraging and inspiring young girls to develop an interest in robotics, and an early appreciation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a practical, hands-on manner. Both the doll and robot help introduce the idea of building robots in a positive, fun and accessible way. The storytelling setting helps kids aged three years and up understand how robots work and what makes them unique.
Robot Girl Lottie is competing in a Science Fair and decides to build a robot that can ‘get busy’ doing all the household chores she dislikes. Lottie investigates whether it is possible to build a robot using only recycled household items. Robot Girl Lottie wears blue jeans, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a blue hoody with a metallic, Marie Curie-inspired ‘atomic’ design on the front, a baseball cap, glasses and Converse-style trainers.
The Busy Lizzie the Robot accessory set packaging also includes practical suggestions for kids to get ‘hands-on’ with robots. This features a mini-biography of Erin Kennedy, Canadian robotics role-model, trailblazer and original ‘Robot Grrl’, and information about Kathy Ceceri, US award-winning author of ‘Robotics‘, a fun and educational introduction to the field of designing, building, and operating robots. These are real-life examples of powerful, positive role models for girls to emulate.
A real-life science fair project by eight-year-old Allie Weber from the US provided the inspiration for the set. A blog article written by Allie’s mother, Kara, describing Allie’s science fair project also inspired the idea to have the Busy Lizzie robot wear ‘recycled’ shoes that are interchangeable with those of the Robot Girl Lottie doll.
Busy Lizzie the Robot has interactive plugin elements so that the arms and headpieces are interchangeable. Engineering cogs stickers are included so that the robot can be customised further. To show the emphasis on building as a form of play, the blue, green and coral design on the front of the Busy Lizzie packaging features cogs, gears and tools. A kid’s biography of Ada Lovelace is available free to download at www.lottie.com/create and on the Lottie dolls Facebook page www.facebook.com/lottiedolls.
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