“I am inspired by empowering people to invent.”
Ayah Bdeir grew up in Lebanon. As a child, she often took apart (and reassembled) her family’s electronic equipment so she could understand how it worked. After earning an engineering degree in Beirut, Bdeir moved to the United States for graduate study at the MIT Media Lab. She began an “experiment to make engineering and inventing more fun.” Her prototypes became littleBits, a system of color-coded, magnetic, electronic building blocks. Bdeir says her littleBits blur the boundary between a toy and a tool kit, so makers of all ages can explore the connections between art and engineering through invention.
Source for quote above: “Ayah Bdeir: Innovation, Invention from Mouths and Hands of Babes | CFI.Co,” accessed August 17, 2020, https://cfi.co/editors-picks/2020/05/ayah-bdeir-innovation-invention-from-mouths-and-hands-of-babes/.