Women of Innovation Awards showcase Connecticut’s tech talent pipeline

Women of Innovation Awards showcase Connecticut’s tech talent pipeline

(Crain’s, 3/28/18)

Between her sophomore and junior year in high school, Ayana Klein of Fairfield, Conn., took an architecture class at Columbia University in New York that would help determine the trajectory of her life.

“I was surprised and inspired by the realization that math and engineering, which are my academic strengths, can work with art and design, which is my passion,” she said.

Klein talked her younger brother Ethan into putting in sweat equity to launch 3Duxdesign, a startup that designs architecture kits that integrate math and science with art and design. The kits are made with 3-D printed connectors and paintable geometric cardboard shapes that enable children as young as 3 years old to “imagine, design and create anything,” Klein said.

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