My Favorite Things

By Tom Randall - 2013-12-16T19:41:38Z

Courtesy LEGO

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LEGO Mindstorms, GoldieBlox, Light-Bot

Favorited by Tony Fadell 
iPod Designer, Founder of Nest Labs

Fadell’s Nest products are designed to learn from their users. Some of his favorite things, on the other hand, are designed to teach them. 

With Lego Mindstorms, kids construct robots and control them by computer apps. Light-bot is a video game that can teach computer coding to a 7-year-old. GoldieBlox is a story-based construction set designed to set young girls on the path to engineering.  

“I have two children, ages 5 and 6, who are very busy and curious.” Fadell says. “These products are engaging and simplistic enough for children to pick up and play with, without realizing they’re engaging in a real STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) experience.”