Barbie adds ‘robotics engineer’ to her resume

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (KXAN) — From model to teacher to astronaut and now to robotics engineer: Barbie’s already long resume just added another STEM profession to the list.

The new doll, sporting the ever-essential eye protection and a miniature robot, is designed to encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers. Currently, only 24 percent of STEM jobs are held by women.

Coding is a particular skill used in robotics that Mattel wants to encourage girls to try. It’s launching six free online Barbie-inspired coding exercises starting Tuesday.

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