8 maker tools to inspire next-gen innovation and design

Looking to develop designers and entrepreneurs? SXSWedu offered several ideas

How can schools prepare students to be the designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs our economy needs for future success? That was a key area of focus at the 2016 South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu) conference in Austin, Texas, March 7-10, and a number of ed-tech companies and organizations demonstrated possible solutions.

The “maker movement” can play an important role in getting kids interested in innovation and design, and littleBits—which makes easy-to-use electronic building blocks—is finding itself at the center of this movement. Until now, the company has focused mostly on the consumer market, but during a March 8 keynote session, littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir announced a new kit made specifically for schools.

“We want to unleash the inventor in everyone,” Bdeir said.…Read More