Meet the Inventor

Yuziana & Carl Mangold

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Young Yuziana and Carl are an invention power house and perfect example of the creativity that comes out of families making together. Check out their Electric Trombone for even more musical brilliance. As one of our two Animatronics Challenge winners, we wanted to learn more about them and their process.

Where are you based?
We’re living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Better build than buy.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
When my dad saw me playing with an Arduino board at the Cinekids festival, he decided to buy me some electronics for my 3rd birthday. His choice fell on littleBits because of it’s modularity. You really can build almost anything with it, just by combining the bits in a different way.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
Because I’m so young, most of the time my dad comes up with a project idea based on my interests. He will then cut the foam board with his ultra sharp hobby knife, I cut some paper with my scissors and we glue everything together. Then I’ll paint and decorate everything and together we’ll add the littleBits to bring it to life.

My dad takes videos of me all the time, edits them in Final Cut Pro and uploads them to my Youtube channel. Playing with littleBits is a weekly returning part of my life, so it automatically appears in videos on my channel. To inspire and help others he also uploads the videos, photos and instructions to the littleBits site. And because of that, we’ve won a Gizmos and Gadgets kit, with our robo croc!

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
The best thing about littleBits is that I’m not limited to creating inanimate objects anymore. Every kid can paint a Happy Monster, but I am able to make it move!

What do you plan on inventing next?
My dad and I are thinking about building a detective game for my dollhouse. And after that, I’ll try to connect my Georello Tech gears to a littleBits motor.
littleBits are recommended for children 8 and older.

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