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Girls love to play house. Now they can design their very own play homes with Roominate, a building toy that encourages creativity, inspires imagination, and introduces girls to the basic principles of engineering in a fun, age-appropriate way. Each Roominate Kit comes with all the parts neccessary (including a battery pack, circuits, and simple step-by-step instructions) to wire rooms with working lights, a fan, or motorized pulley.

While earning master’s degrees in engineering, Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen came up with the idea for Roominate as a way to pique interest among girls in what are known as the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Designed for ages 8 to 12, this building kit enhances imaginative play while promoting hands-on problem solving skills and spacial awareness.

Follow a pattern or create her own designs. There’s no limit to what girls can do with Roominate. My daughters, ages 8 and 10, tested it out and had a great time building their dream bedrooms; they never would have guessed that they were learning some valuable life lessons along the way.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Roominate

    Hi everyone! We're Alice and Bettina, the creators of Roominate. As two female engineers, we want to show girls how fun and creative engineering is, and get them to love it as much as we do! We designed Roominate to empower girls to build and wire with their hands, and inspire a love of tinkering. We'd love to hear your questions!

  • Pamela
    9/11/2013 12:35 PM

    I have not purchased Roominate, but I plan to do so for my niece's 7th birthday. Since there are so may pieces, I would like to include a container for everything so nothing gets lost. Can you estimate what size container might be appropriate?

  • Roominate
    Roominate – Special Guest
    9/11/2013 1:01 PM

    Hi Pamela,

    The largest pieces are the walls, which are 6" x 6" and 9" x 6". A storage box sized at least 10" x 7" x 4" should work great!

  • Rhonda
    9/11/2013 12:51 PM

    "Girls love to play house. Now they can engineer their own. Designed to inspire imagination & interest in sciences."

    While I fully understand and support the idea of furthering girls' interest in the fields of math and science, boys love to play house too! I think it is important to be careful of sexist advertising. This looks like a terrific building toy!

  • Roominate
    Roominate – Special Guest
    9/11/2013 1:09 PM

    Hi Rhonda,

    Thanks for your question! We designed Roominate to get girls interested in engineering, but boys love Roominate too. One of the reasons we didn't include pink in our pieces was so boys wouldn't hesitate to play with Roominate.

  • Alisa
    9/11/2013 1:10 PM

    @Rhonda What an absurd comment!! Everything does not need to be geared to both sexes at all times. Erector sets have been around for ages, this is specifically targeted at girls for a reason and I for one think it is genius! Sadly my girls are too old for this but I'll keep it in mind as a gift idea. Don't turn everything into a gender war!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    9/11/2013 4:36 PM

    Alice and Bettina,

    Just wanted to let you know that when I first saw your part of the video I got chills. I mean the good kind. I was inspired by your passion and vision and your taken-no-prisoners credibility. So happy you are now a Grommet partner.

  • Roominate
    Roominate – Special Guest
    9/11/2013 5:53 PM

    Thank you for your kind words, Jules! It's definitely a problem that hits close to home for us, so we're glad our passion has shone through! We're excited to be working with the Grommet too :)

  • Suzanne
    9/11/2013 8:57 PM

    Girls I think this is wonderful that you came up with something as creative as this. I have a daughter in High School, who happens to be involved in the Robotics Club. Thought this would be a great gift for her. Do you think this is too easy for her. Keep up the good work!

    From a very proud Mom & Girl Scout Leader

  • Roominate
    Roominate – Special Guest
    9/11/2013 10:46 PM

    Hi Suzanne,

    We recommend Roominate for ages 6-12. However, we definitely have fun playing with Roominate! If she still enjoys playing with building toys, then Roominate could be a neat gift to give her. Hope that helps! :)

  • Truly
    9/11/2013 9:24 PM

    This looks like a fantastic product and I think my two daughters (7 &8) would love it. However, by looking at the video, it appears the floor/wall panels are quite flimsy and I worry about how it will standup to repeated play. $30 - $50 seems like a lot of money for the kit when it doesn't look like it will hold up well (I understand wanting to make money, but consumers have to choose carefully in this economy).

  • Roominate
    Roominate – Special Guest
    9/11/2013 11:05 PM

    Hi Truly,

    We appreciate your concern! Roominate is made out of polypropylene, one of the common plastics that toys are made from. We find that it is quite durable and holds up well to repeated playing, which is an important aspect of Roominate.

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