Q: How do we get more women in the STEM* fields?
A: We need to start young and make STEM fun for girls!

The Roominate line is designed by Alice and Bettina – two engineers out of Caltech, MIT, and Stanford on a mission to get more girls interested in engineering. They believe that early exposure through toys will inspire the next generation of female technology innovators.

They designed Roominate to get young girls to have fun with STEM, while building hands-on skills and confidence.

*(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Meet the Team

Alice Brooks

Bettina Chen


Alice grew up playing in her dad’s robotics lab. When she asked for a Barbie, he gave her a mini saw. So she made her own doll!


As a young girl, Bettina loved Lego and built hundreds of extravagant creations with her older brother.

Stanford M.S. Mechanical Engineering
MIT B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Stanford M.S. Electrical Engineering
Caltech B.S. Electrical Engineering
Alice Brooks graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering Design from Stanford in June 2012. While a student at Stanford, Alice spent six months working at Nest Labs.

In her spare time, Alice loves making anything from light fixtures to stuffed animals to strawberry shortcake.

Bettina Chen graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She received her Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in March 2012. Bettina has conducted research on bionic contact lenses and worked as an electrical design engineer at Discera and KLA-Tencor.

Bettina loves volunteering and working with kids, and is looking forward to getting kids as excited about engineering as she is! She is an ultimate frisbee enthusiast and plays competitively on a Bay Area mixed club team.