I really wanted to love Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine, but I don’t.
When it comes to teaching girls about STEM, I’m 110% on board. I’m also a Stanford graduate, just like the CEO of GlodieBlox. So if anyone should be writing a rave revue about GoldieBlox, the engineering toy for girls, it should be me.
But it isn’t.
The truth is that I don’t find Goldie Blox that different from classic toys like Gears Go Round.
In terms of learning and skills, it’s on-par with the LEGO Friends series for girls.
Honestly, after reading all of the hype, I thought GoldieBlox was going to be something mind blowing, like Snap Circuits.
Also, the pieces have a really hard time sticking together. See those little animals in the picture? My daughter had a lot of trouble putting them on. They don’t “click” like Legos or Snap Circuits. This is big problem!
Another issue I have is the YouTube controversy. Like a lot of moms, I watched the GoldieBlox promo video featuring a rewritten song by the Beastie Boys. I thought this video was inspiring and immediately whipped out my credit card.
As a writer, this really bothers me because I’ve had my own work stolen.
And hello? Engineers follow rules about not stealing or misappropriating people’s patents too. What type of lesson is this for girls?
So sorry Debbie Sterling. This will be the only GoldieBlox product I buy.
- GoldieBlox? No thanks. (braintofingers.wordpress.com)
- Goldie Blox – an innovative toy for girls? (aotw3000.wordpress.com)
- Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox In Fair Use Dispute: ‘Girls’ Parody Underscores Murky Copyright Laws (cyberlaw.stanford.edu)
- Girl Toys and Girly Play (naomikritzer.wordpress.com)
- GoldieBlox is Making Toys to Turn Girls Into Engineers (blogher.com)