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Toy Story: Art + Design Faculty Member Creates Award-winning Tech Kit for Young Inventors

Krystal Persaud, the director of product design at littleBits Electronics, Inc., and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Art + Design’s industrial design program, where she teaches interactive product design, has produced an award-winning tech toy, which encourages interactive invention.

The “Rule Your Room Kit” has been named one of the top 30 toys for 2016 by Good Housekeeping, one of the top toys of 2016 by Parents Magazine, and one of the top 2016 holiday educational STEM toys by Toys, Tots, Pets & More. It also received a 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

The kit is designed to empower children to “master their domain by transforming everyday objects into awesome touch-activated contraptions.”

Designed for children ages 8 to 13, the product includes a step-by-step guide to create eight touch-activated inventions—like using a banana to move a computer cursor—with countless opportunities for expansion and creativity.

The product, along with other littleBits kits, is designed to introduce children "to the kind of 21st century skills they will need to succeed in higher education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Mathematics) careers."

The product is available online directly at littleBits as well as Amazon, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, Marbles and Microsoft stores.

In 2015, the Wall Street Journal named littleBits' "Gizmos & Gadgets" the Best Tech Gift of 2015. It was also named one of the best 33 toys of the year by Popular Mechanics.


By Shydale James