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Smartgurlz: teaching girls to code
by Seth L.
INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRING

Smartgurlz aims to fill the niche where in trying to appeal to girls, a lot of manufacturers often just take boy-centric products and slap a coat of pink paint on them to make them viable. Many times this fails to appeal to girls as they do not take into consideration play patterns like role play and story creation that girls enjoy.

The core of the Smartgurlz product is actually Siggy, the self-balancing Segway toy. Commands for Siggy are inputted via an app called SugarCoded, that you can download for any smart device of your choice through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

SugarCoded is driven by Google’s popular basic code for kids, Blockly. Blockly intuitively represents coding concepts as interlocking blocks, making coding Siggy as easy as drag, drop and play.

from left to right are: Zara, the hacker, Maria, the mathematician, Jun, the chemist and , Jen, the mechanical engineer

The strong character and racially diverse collection of dolls – Zara, the hacker, Maria, the mathematician, Jun, the chemist and , Jen, the mechanical engineer – comes with story-based adventures and games that requires the girls to use basic programming to control the robot through the missions. Other than solo play, you can also connect online with your friends or other Smartgurlz owners to share and swap code blocks.

VERDICT

Inspiring girls to be tomorrow’s creators, Smartgurlz teaches them to code their dolls and Siggy robots in endless fun and interesting combinations. Smartgurlz are now available for purchase through the Smartgurlz website for USD 79.99 (RM310+-) each. Do note that they require a 9-volt battery to run, which is not included in box.

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