Somi is the very first interactive doll that is centered around Computer Science education. Somi was created by Bukola Somide, a Nigerian woman who based the doll on the main character from a children's book she just published, Somi, The Computer Scientist: Princess Can Code.
The book illustrates Somi as a “a curious, bright, humorous, and beautiful young girl who has a natural interest in learning Computer Programming concepts from her mom.” Somide created the to have 12 voice-overs that educate children on computer science topics in ways they can understand and learn. The doll also is used to help to discourage cyberbullying. The doll is for all people ages three and up.
Somide said of the creating the doll, “My passion is to bring computer science awareness to underserved communities while deterring cyberbullying. I’m so excited for everyone to experience Somi, The Computer Science doll!” According to Blacknews.com, critics are wowed by the doll saying it is a “real educational, entertaining, and inspirational tool for young learners and keepsake to celebrate milestones for young adults”.
Somide has also published a computer science activity book for children and created a coding workshop for children that will become an online mini-workshop that many will be able to afford. Somide has plans to write more additions to the Somi, The Computer Scientist series and publish more activity books to cover advanced computer science topics.
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