Ayana and Ethan Klein
“When we went to a restaurant or traveled, my mom packed playdough and crayons, not an iPad. - Ayana Klein”
When Ayana and Ethan Klein were kids, they were encouraged to make each other’s holiday gifts rather than buy them. Cardboard was their go-to raw material for creating castles and parking garages, piggy banks and treasure chests. Ethan first encountered Computer-Aided Design in his middle school maker space (shouldn’t every middle school have one?) and realized his talent for 3D creations. As adults developing new products, 3D printing provided a great tool for playing around with ideas. Making colorful clips that connect recycled cardboard pieces was a natural idea drawn from their childhood. Ethan and Ayana’s system lets children expand their creativity, and also introduces the idea of environmental responsibility through creative recycling.