Detective Dot books aim to encourage kids to code without stereotypes

Dec 25, 2015 by

Kickstarter project battles situation where ‘in kids cartoons, 0% of princesses are engineers, 2.9% of characters are black, and Batman doesn’t recycle’

A British technology startup is hoping to encourage children to learn programming skills through a series of stories that avoid traditional stereotypes around engineering, science and technology.

Bright Little Labs is trying to raise £12.5k on crowdfunding website Kickstarter to make a series of print and digital books aimed at 7-9 year-olds, based around its characters of Detective Dot and her “former designer t-shirt” Mr Tumble Cotton.

The company was founded by Sophie Deen, who previously ran the computing training program for primary-school teachers in the UK run by programming-clubs network Code Club.

“In kids cartoons, 0% of princesses are engineers, 2.9% of characters are black, and Batman doesn’t recycle. And kids spend up to 9 hours in front of screens seeing this stuff everyday,” explains Detective Dot’s Kickstarter pitch.

Source: Detective Dot books aim to encourage kids to code without stereotypes | Technology | The Guardian

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