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This entrepreneur scored a 'Shark Tank' deal for her dolls that encourage STEM learning for girls


When Sharmi Albrechtsen came up empty handed while trying to find an educational, yet fun toy for her daughter, she decided to make one of her own.

She's now the founder of SmartGurlz, the world's first self-balancing coding robot for girls.

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The SmartGurlz dolls -- Jen, Maria, Zara, Jun and Emma -- can all ride robotic scooters called Siggys.

Each Siggy is controlled by the SugarCoded app, which is where the coding part comes in. Kids can use coding blocks to basically navigate where their SmartGurlz dolls can move.

SmartGurlz getting started tutorial

According to the SmartGurlz website, Albrechtsen hopes these dolls will help encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning for girls.

Albrechtsen landed an investment of $200,000 for 25 percent of her business from Daymond John on the Nov. 12 episode of ABC's "Shark Tank."

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