Lauren, Organization/City asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

AddedSunday, May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

What do you do in Mechanical Engineering?
Hi! I'm an 11 year old girl and I'm interested in Engineering. I like the idea of Mechanical Engineering. Could you give me some more detail about your job? Thanks, Lauren
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  • Debbie Sterling , GoldieBlox, Inc.
    Answered Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Dear Lauren,

    I am so happy to hear you are interested in mechanical engineering! My job is a lot of fun. I invent construction toys with a focus on appealing to girls ages 4-9. I spend hours playing with kids to understand their needs, likes and play patterns. I prototype toy ideas using simple materials like clay, foam core, wood, ribbon and anything I can find around the house. I test my prototypes on kids to see how they respond and how they can be improved. Then, I take my designs and put them into computer-aided-drawings, getting the form and dimensions perfect so that they function well. Then, I work with manufacturing experts to produce the toys at a large scale so that thousands of girls around the world can enjoy them.