Happy Birthday, Blayke! The oldest daughter of Adam and Danielle Busby turned seven years old last week (yes, seven!) and she had the most incredible party to celebrate. The OutDaughtered stars teamed up with educational toy company, Learning Resources, to host a robotics-themed B-day bash at Space Center Houston just prior to the start of National Robotics Week. The company teaches the importance of exposing young kids to coding and robotics, and with a houseful of daughters — including a set three-year-old quints — it was especially important for the couple to teach them young.
"We connected with Learning Resources, and we're just trying to get the word out there about teaching the importance of STEM and early coding for young kids," Danielle told In Touch exclusively. "It's something we've been trying to focus on recently. It's been really fun for Blayke; it's great for her age group, but it also teaches the quints. They're learning about early coding, which is simple because it helps teach you responsibilities — even simple tasks like organizing laundry, unloading the dishwasher, playing Simon Says. All these things kind of help teach skills they'll learn in their life and in their careers for problem solving and critical thinking." She added, "We're trying to get more parents involved and teach their kids about stem and early coding."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent 50.6 percent of the U.S. population yet make up only 11.7 percent of all engineers. And according to Girls Who Code, 37 percent of computer scientists were women in 1995. Today, it's only 24 percent. If nothing is done, that number will drop to just 22 percent in ten years.
Luckily, with the help of Botley, the Coding Robot, children are learning about coding — all while having fun! In fact, Blayke loves the robot so much, she even had her very own Botley birthday cake.
But one of the things Adam and Danielle were most proud of was the fact that Blayke insisted on inviting less fortunate children from the community to her party. "Blayke is something special, for sure," her mom gushed. "She always has a heart for others, especially kids that are more in need. She just has that heart where she's always wanting to help someone else — when it comes to seeing kids in her own classroom, to her sisters, to families in need, and even doing other projects — like giving back to our community since Hurricane Harvey. When we were going to do this playdate birthday party for her, she came up with the idea to invite some kids like we did last time. I was like, 'Of course we can!'"