During Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (7 - 11 November), members of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Young Member’s Board (YMB) and WES Council are taking Lottie Dolls to work for a ‘Lottie Tour’. During the week they will post photos on Twitter and Instagram of Robot Girl Lottie doing everyday engineering work. Companies involved include Instron, Airbus, Scottish Power and The Smallpeice Trust. As well as photos of Lottie on site with the companies, you’ll see photos of her on a panel about diversity at a conference, at science festival SMASHfestUK, promoting STEM at events with school children and travelling the world to Germany and Egypt!
The aim of this project is to use a STEM inspired doll to engage primary age girls in engineering and STEM more generally. Primary age students are often neglected when outreach activities are planned, and WES believes this should change, as this is a great time to get girls excited about science and engineering!
This project is being organised by YMB chair Jo Douglas, who said “After seeing the STEM inspired Lottie Dolls and Great Women and Girls profiles on the Lottie website I was really keen for WES to partner with them. I’m excited to see the range of photos of Lottie in industry, and hope the project will go some way towards normalising the presence of women in engineering environments for a younger audience”.
Lottie Dolls have sought to fill a gap in the toy market with their real-life child proportions and ambition to disrupt gender stereotypes. In 2016 Stargazer Lottie even travelled to the International Space Station with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake on the #Principia mission and became the ‘first doll in space’.
Lottie Dolls MD Ian Harkin said “We are delighted to support the fantastic WES volunteers as they incorporate Robot Girl Lottie into their work as part of TEWeek16 - representation and support of women in STEM is important to us, so that future generations can see what’s possible. Lottie actively encourages children to get hands on with science activities, and to become inspired through learning about women in STEM. The ‘Lottie Tour’ with WES will be a perfect example of the ‘if you can see it, you can be it’ ethos!”.
WES President Benita Mehra added: "This is a great initiative from our Young Members Board and i am delighted with the support from Lottie Dolls. This is volunteering at its most magical. Children and especially little girls identify with dolls - and Lottie Dolls in action in engineering will fire the imagination in so many of us. I too will be sharing my day with a Lottie Doll and hope they will be an inspiration to young girls."