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Computer Scientist Creates African-American STEM Doll to Inspire Youth

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Bukola Somide and Somi the Computer Scientist doll

Bukola Somide created Somi the Computer Scientist after personally experiencing the lack of diversity in a STEM career.

Computer scientist Bukola Somide has create Somi, an African-American STEM doll, that speaks to youth about computer science.

The doll is a part of Somide's company, Innovant Technologies LLC, which also offers storybooks featuring Somi's coding journey and other computer science activity books. Somi sports natural, curly hair and wears a T-shirt that says, "Princesses can code." The doll speaks 12 different phrases that touch on computer science concepts, and Somide, herself, voiced the doll. 

"The intent was to make it fun and engaging," said Somide, who worked in corporate America for 10 years. "Kids will want to listen to it when it's fun."

Somide wants customers to be inspired by Somi and to envision themselves as computer scientists or in other STEM careers.

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