The dolls are priced at $13.99 and were created with the help of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to ensure authenticity, according to Michelle Chidoni, Mattel vice president of global communications.
"For almost 60 years, Barbie has exposed girls to roles where women are underrepresented to show them that they can be anything," Barbie general manager and Senior Vice President Lisa McKnight said in a statement. "By playing with Robotics Engineer Barbie on and offline, we are giving girls a new platform for play in their imaginary world and teaching them important skills for their real world."
Barbie’s partnership with Black Girls Code will involve a grant in support of the organization and gifting dolls at robotics workshops. The brand will also work with Tynker to introduce seven courses throughout the year.