While other 6 year olds were just playing with toys, Allie Weber was busy building her very first robot. ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton chats with this 12-year-old patent-pending inventor for DiverseIT.
Tune in to hear the unique #YoungScientistProbs that Allie faces as a STEM enthusiast, how she came to be the inspiration behind the award-winning STEM doll Robot Lottie, how she created the Blow Dart Spirometer (an instrument for measuring the air capacity of the lungs, and yes I had to look this up), and whether anyone has had the nerve to tell this kid inventor that she can’t do something just because she’s a girl.
Listen to the interview here. Enjoy and share!
Kids are not "the future", we are here now. We are not going to change the world "someday" we are already doing it.— Allie Weber (@RobotMakerGirl) June 21, 2017
“This is the story of how I inspired the British toy company Arklu in designing their very first doll in their famous award winning STEM line of dolls with my 1st grade science project, Robie the Recycled Robot. This is also why I also go by the name of name of Robot Maker Girl. You can buy Robot Girl Lottie and Busy Lizzie her robot at toy stores around the world, you can also find them on Amazon and on their website www.Lottie.com”
List of References from this Interview:
Robot Girl Lottie (Allie was the inspiration behind this award-winning STEM doll line)
3M Young Scientist Challenge (Allie’s Blow Dart Spirometer – an instrument for measuring the air capacity of the lungs – was a Top 10 Finalist in 2017)
GenCyber: Girls in CybHER Security (free, week-long residential camps allows girls to explore an interest in cybersecurity through learning about programming, networking, and security)
Joel Telling – 3D Printing Nerd
Josef Prusa – Original 3D Printer
About our Guest
Allie Weber is a 12-year-old patent-pending inventor and maker, and was recognized in 2017 as one of Teen Vogue’s #21under21 girls who are changing the world. In 2017 she was also a Top 10 Young Scientist Finalist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge with her innovation of the Blowdart Spirometer for use in children’s hospitals.
Allie also won first prize in the Spark-Lab Global Invent-it Challenge Sponsored by the Smithsonian at age 10 with her frostbite warning system, the Frost Stopper. She is also known for inspiring the Robot Girl Lottie Doll with her recycled robot science fair project when she was just six years old.
Allie has continued to innovate, invent and make ever since, and currently inspires others through her YouTube Channel Tech-nic-Allie Speaking and through her social media. She also encourages other young scientists through her Twitter group using the hashtag #YoungScientistProbs where she shows some of the unique challenges of being a young aspiring scientist as well as showing others the messy non-perfect side of the scientific process.
The Mars Generation 24 Under 24, - announced January 2018
Teen Vogue 21 Under 21 girls who are changing the world class of 2017
Top 10 Finalist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge 2017 (Blow Dart Spirometer)
3rd Place Paradigm Challenge ProjectParadigm.org Twitter: @paradigmchlleng 2017 (Eco Build A Home Challenge Video Series)
Runner up Imagination Foundation AT&T Aspire Inventors Challenge (Card Go Caddy)
Student Ambassador for Spark Lab Invent-It Challenge 2017
Space Camp Academic Scholarship Award Recipient 2017 From Space Camp USA
South Dakota Hall of Fame, Act of Excellence 2017 (Got Your Back Binder Strap)
Spark Lab Invent it Challenge Winner 2016 for (Frost Bite Warning System aka Frost Stoppers) patent pending.
Inspiration behind Robot Builder Lottie Doll, first released in 2012 but is set for a re-boxing and second release scheduled in 2018