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Doll-E 1.0

Author: Shanda McCloskey
Lower Age: 4+
Price: $17.99
Year Added: 2018

Doll-E 1.0 is a book about an enthusiastic innovative young girl, whose parents worry she isn’t being “girly” enough, so they buy her a regular doll with a preloaded phrase. However, when her dog chews up the doll, the girl realizes how she can use her innovative engineering spirit to make this doll even better and more versatile. This book encourages the reader to approach life with an engineering thinking, by making the main character someone who is tech savvy and seeks to tech up even her plain one-phrase speaking doll. This gives the reader the perspective that engineering design can make things better and can be applied everywhere. This book is unique as it teaches children that engineering thinking is a very useful and prosperous mindset.


This book at its essence promotes engineering thinking as a problem solving mechanism. The main character teaches the reader how to define problems, learn more about them, plan and apply solutions, and improve them after revisions to meet their predefined goals. She applies specific criteria and operates within given constraints of materials and logical uses of the doll’s possible phrases. This book exemplifies to the young reader what engineering is truly about, not necessarily building or operating, but how to approach your life with engineering thinking and design.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, idea generation, plan a solution, create a prototype or process, test the solution, analyze the solution, make improvements to the solution

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem to be solved, a user

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning skills, computational thinking, creative thinking, programming/coding, problem solving, perseverance, iterative design            

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  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
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      • I found this gift to be good because of the way it encourages its young audience through a brief simply written story, to look at the world in the perspective of an engineer, and fix any problems they have by applying engineering design principles to them.