The third instalment of our ‘Inspired by Real Kids’ video series is here! Have you met Allie? She is 12-years old and is from South Dakota in the USA.
Our Robot Girl Lottie was based on Allie and her school science fair inventions, and Busy Lizzie based a robot she made from recycled materials when she was just 6-years old! She is one of the stars of our empowering series which tells the story of the real kids who have directly influenced Lottie Dolls!
Allie, who also goes by ‘Robot Maker Girl’ or ‘Tech-nic-Allie’, is a true inventor! She does not see problems as obstacles, she sees them as opportunities to learn and create something new! She is now 12-years old but has been inventing since the young age of 6-years old, when she built her very first Robot from recycled household materials.
“Whenever I have a problem then it's really easy to come up with a solution through making something because sometimes it's not just a problem that people have an answer to so you need to come up with it on your own. And it's a really easy way to do that.” - Allie
“My YouTube channel is called "Tech-nic-Allie Speaking" and it's basically a collection of reviews, some of the inventions that I made. And really the inspiration behind it was, I wanted to help other people get into STEM. I feel like I'm sharing my ideas and other people build off of them and then they learn more and I learn more from them, building off of my stuff and it really helps everybody.” – Allie
Allie is currently a finalist in the 2017 3M Young Scientist Challenge. She entered the competition after encouragement from her science teacher, and her invention is a medical device aimed at children, called the incentive spirometer. This device helps patients improve lung functionality, and kids must use these multiple times a day in hospital - so Allie created her darts game to make this experience more fun for kids, which also records the data for the hospital!
Allie on Robot Girl Lottie & Busy Lizze
“When I saw the finished product, I was really amazed and excited to play with it and excited to build stuff for it. I wanted to build stuff for it like she builds stuff for herself…That's how I play with her.” – Allie
“I think Lottie opens up new horizons for girls through STEM. She's a doll that helps teach kids STEM through fun. Like people can play with her and they would still learn STEM and they can have fun through learning STEM.” – Allie
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Cinematographer: Adam Jungemann
Producer & editor: Elena Rossini (elenarossini.com)
- Team Lottie