This article was originally posted on motochan.com.
I recently started Get Hacking with a couple of old friends from high school to teach, make and sell components, kits and finished products that can help kids and adults learn STEM and make things, and in so doing bring a bit more of the DIY and Maker Movement to Singapore and Southeast Asia. One of the first things I did was to reach out to Ayah and her amazing team at littleBits, and import the following:
Make More Library – we plan to conduct tech-and-craft courses at Silicon Straits CO.LAB under the Get Hacking brand to generate interest and awareness of littleBits as a highly accessible platform for kids and adults to learn and make. Stay tuned for more info.
I’ve always felt that mainstream education curriculum could do a lot more to push our next generation towards tinkering, questioning assumptions and “making.” It’s gotten a lot better since I was a kid, but technology hasn’t been idle either, which neutralizes any progress that mainstream education had made since. I believe kids can and should be doing more than “art”, with littleBits being the perfect medium for “tech-and-craft.” I meet many designers who don’t know tech and engineering, and many engineers who don’t know design. In the past, making proper electrical circuits involved soldering. Designers were held back from the full range of prototyping by relying on engineers to tell them what’s possible or not. With littleBits, an individual’s knowledge gap becomes less important, enabling kids and adults to just snap electronic modules together for fun, learning or prototyping.
It’s great that I’m an investor in littleBits, but it’s even more gratifying to see the unbridled joy in our children’s eyes when they snap together the electronic modules in littleBits kits and make something cool. We hope to start a Tech-and-Craft revolution in Southeast Asia on the back of maker products and tools such as littleBits, Arduinos and 3D printing, and welcome you to join us in our journey.
Drop us a note if you’d like to learn more.