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Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine


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  • Plastic
  • Imported
  • Book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor.
  • Builds spatial skills, basic engineering principles, confidence in problem solving
  • Created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University
  • Includes 1 storybook, 5 animal figurines, 1 pegboard, 5 wheels, 10 axles, 5 blocks, 5 washers, 1 crank, 1 ribbon, 14 design templates
  • Inspiring the next generation of female engineers
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Product Description

Product Description

GoldieBlox is a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Construction toys help kids develop spatial skills and get them interested in math and science. For decades its been a boy’s club…until now. GoldieBlox is an interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a kid inventor who solves problems by building simple machines.

Girls are losing interest in math and science as young as age 8.

Take a walk through a toy store and you can begin to see why; the “blue aisle” is filled with construction toys and chemistry sets, while the “pink aisle” is filled with princesses and dolls. Research shows that the earlier kids get interested in math and science, the more likely they are to go into those fields as adults.

It’s time we gave girls more options.

GoldieBlox is a series of interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a curious girl with a love of engineering. Goldie’s stories encourage girls to build, developing the spatial skills that are fundamental to engineering. As she goes on adventures with her friends, she comes across problems that she solves by building simple machines. While the story unfolds, girls get to build what Goldie builds.

So why are female engineers important?

As it stands, only 11% of engineers in the US are women, even though engineering and tech are two of the fastest growing fields in job creation.Most importantly, engineers are literally the builders and designers of our world; from the products we use, to the way we communicate, to the cities we inhabit. Gender equality in these fields will provide the balance and innovation that we all need to thrive; the female perspective is indeed a valuable one.

It’s time to build a new story so our girls can help build our future.

GoldieBlox will nurture a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous and tech-savvy, giving them a real opportunity to contribute to the progress made by engineers in our society.

The effectiveness of GoldieBlox isn’t based on assumption.

We spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children’s play patterns. GoldieBlox stories leverage girls’ advanced verbal skills to help develop and build self-confidence in their spatial skills.

Skill Concepts:
  • belt drive
  • friction
  • problem solving
  • spatial relationships
  • basic building principles

From the Manufacturer

GoldieBlox is a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers . Girls are losing interest in math and science as young as age 8. Take a walk through a toy store and you can begin to see why; the “blue aisle” is filled with construction toys and chemistry sets, while the “pink aisle” is filled with princesses and dolls. Research shows that the earlier kids get interested in math and science, the more likely they are to go into those fields as adults. It’s time we gave girls more options. GoldieBlox is a series of interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a curious girl with a love of engineering. Goldie’s stories encourage girls to build, developing the spatial skills that are fundamental to engineering. While the story unfolds, girls get to build what Goldie builds. The effectiveness of GoldieBlox isn’t based on assumption. We spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children’s play patterns. GoldieBlox stories leverage girls’ advanced verbal skills to help develop and build self-confidence in their spatial skills. So why are female engineers important? As it stands, only 11% of engineers in the US are women, even though engineering and tech are two of the fastest growing fields in job creation. Most importantly, engineers are literally the builders and designers of our world; from the products we use, to the way we communicate, to the cities we inhabit. Gender equality in these fields will provide the balance and innovation that we all need to thrive; the female perspective is indeed a valuable one. GoldieBlox will nurture a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous and tech-savvy, giving them a real opportunity to contribute to the progress made by engineers in our society. It’s 2013. It’s about time we opened our girls’ minds beyond the pink aisle. It’s time to build a new story so our girls can help build our future.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11 x 11 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: 1223095649
  • Item model number: BT001
  • Our recommended age: 6 - 9 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 9 years
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (626 customer reviews)
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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672 of 684 people found the following review helpful By Ajaxtelamona on August 20, 2013
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I love the idea behind this toy, but the execution falls flat. Here are pros and cons;

Pros:
1) Great idea/concept of matching story with the toy
2) Manual toy - no electricity or batteries involved. Forces kids to be proactive

Cons:
1) Poorly made - I don't know if this is a Q.C. problem (it's made in China) or just a bad design. The figures that you put on top of the yellow wheels do not fit snugly, so with the force of turning the wheels, they always fall off unless you pull the ribbon very carefully and slowly

2) Same problem with the handle - it does not fit snugly so cranking the wheels to wind up the ribbon is very frustrating process. The handle keeps coming off.

3) The story in the accompanying book is poorly written, contrived and frankly embarrassing to read out aloud. eg. The dog named "Nacho" who is not looking quite so "macho" squeals"Chorizo". Or when Goldie runs into a problem, she tries to solve the problem by thinking outside the box - "she even tries doing hula dances in hopes it will improve her chances" (direct quote from the book) This is no "Goodnight Moon" - Couldn't they have come up with better rhyme and stories...? I can't imagine anybody wanting to read this book more than once.

4) The actual toy is very limited in how to play. It is basically turning a wheel with a ribbon that is attached by a velcro. You get to choose the figures you want to put on the top of the wheel and the pattern you want to make by strategically placing the wheels on the board. In theory, you are suppose to be able to make various shapes such as crown, gingerbread man, lightning bolt,sand castle, happy face, mushroom, letter "L" and "G" etc.
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431 of 462 people found the following review helpful By TeachingDoc on November 21, 2013
I really wanted to like this sooooo much!

Positives:
-1 star for the idea of creating something that was meant to inspire girls to ponder the STEM career fields and having some great viral marketing videos

Negatives:
-Poor quality for price
-Save some dusty shelf space: it really just does one thing and after one use (maybe two) nobody wants to play with it any more
-Really doesn't inspire creativity or "engineering" skills, no room for thinking outside the box
-If we are trying to empower girls, why does it have to be pink and purple?
-A thin Caucasian blonde wearing short shorts and a PINK toolbelt? Really?

If you want something to inspire your kids to actually learn something, and be creative "engineers" try these much better options:

Gears %C2%AE Beginners Building Set
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_toys-and-games?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Engino&node=165793011
Snap Circuits Jr SC 100 Kit
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249 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Fred on November 21, 2013
When you click a single star it says, "I hate it" - my daughter didn't love it, and I'm really tired of the hype and over exposure. Today, Nov. 21, I got an email from Goldie Blox asking me to write a review (this is my second).

Context:
- I did the Kickstarter.
- I saw the toy in stores before I got it from them.
- Had to hassle them to get my order.
- My daughter (4) played with it for half an hour, it took a lot of encouragement, as the game itself isn't really that well made. Maybe it is targeted towards an older demographic, but my 7 year old son who also loves all things mechanical, wasn't that enthralled.
- The kids' favorite part were the figurines.
- I get email after email from them - even after having hit 'unsubscribe' many, many times.
- It is a lot of hype without a lot of play value. Their roadmap for other things they are coming out with looks similarly unimpressive.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Bc on November 22, 2013
My 5 year old got this as a present. We did the story once and she was bored. You can make the animals spin with a ribbon and the change the shapes they sit in. I don't think she learned anything from this toy and was bored very quickly by it.
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132 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Lauren K. on November 26, 2013
I won't rehash all the other negative reviews. It is the same as what everyone has said: cheaply made, very poor and stereotypical "girl" design, extremely limited in what it can do, and it does not encourage my daughter at all to think outside the box. It is strip of Velcro, board, pegs and some figurines.

I was part of the kick starter as well and very excited for this. And now extremely letdown. And paid way too much for it!

If you are looking for a toy to encourage your child, (boy or girl) to create and build things, by some magnatiles. My daughter loves them. She never gets tired of building things with them and thinks of new things all the time. And they are gender-neutral.
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229 of 269 people found the following review helpful By camdensmom on July 20, 2013
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We have been so excited to open and play with this toy. I have a mechanical engineering degree and was thrilled to purchase this for my 6yo daughter. I guess I didn't realize that all you can do is rearrange the pieces to make the little figurines spin. It needs some other dimension than just changing the route of the spinning. Maybe a piece that adds a vertical dimension or something? Not sure how long this will keep my little ones attention and at this price, the pieces are a little flimsy.

Disappointed.
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