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Meet our Magnificent Makers

Little Inventors wants children to open their eyes to the world of invention and creativity. But beyond the invention drawings, there is a unique opportunity for children and makers, designers and artists to come together and collaborate to bring children’s imagination to life.

By taking children’s ideas seriously and presenting them in a professional manner through collaboration with skilled makers, we will help showcase children’s original ideas, perspectives and voices.

We also want to challenge the skills and experience of adult makers, and encourage them to push beyond their own limits by engaging with the highly imaginative and unhindered minds of young children.

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Macomb Township, Michigan, US

The PTI Design team includes Creative Design Directing Manager Steve Elliott, and Principal Designer Mike Vettraino. Steve has been a “maker” since he was little and Mike likes being able to use his imagination each day at PTI Design and describes himself and Steve as having a “DIY Mindset” especially when something does not exist!  Together they bring over 40 years of education and experience to the product design board and are excited to help bring Little Inventors’ visions to life!

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Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Sean Clark is an independent artist, curator and researcher based in Leicestershire, UK. His artwork explores interaction and connectedness through the construction of audiovisual systems presented on screen, as installations and as prints. He is the director of Interact Digital Arts and the curator of the Computer Arts Archive. He has a PhD in Computational Art from De Montfort University and in 2016 was co-winner of the Lumen Prize for 3D/Sculpture and the Art.CHI Digital Art Prize. He also likes making stuff and working on fun projects with people of all ages - especially if flashing lights are involved!

Leicester, Leicestershire, UK

Tom Cleaver is a Designer and Artist specialising in sets, scenery and exhibitions. His work has taken him to Germany, France and Sweden, and as far as the Arctic Circle. His particular passion is the design and construction of colossal, ceiling-scraping puppets.

Tom believes that art and science are closely linked, and uses engineering concepts and manufacturing techniques in his creative work. He believes in the social benefits of art and is regularly hired to consult with community groups and turn their ideas into reality.

Shepshed, Leics, UK

I work for Meggitt aerospace as a research and development manager. We develop components for commercial and military aircraft.
I am also a STEM ambassador and help to organise STEM activities run by the company.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The creativity of young minds is a driving inspiration for my work. I enjoy re-contextualizing children's artwork through in-depth collaboration with my craft work. Mixed media elements allow me to fully describe the emotion of a piece and reiterate unconventional characteristics of children's designs.

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Washington, MICHIGAN, US

Jay Enn Corporation has been in business for over 50 years. We have extensive experience in designing and building custom tooling to customer requirements. Our team also has participated in many cutting edge research & development projects with our aerospace customers that have won us some very prestigious awards.

UK

Professional 3D product designer at Solid ideas. Andy created multiple CAD prototypes of our most ingenious inventions!

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london, UK

My name is Barkai and I am a passionate  Industrial Designer currently working as a toy designer and inventor in an international toy company, developing new products.

​My passion for design drives me to learn about new materials, technologies, and styles. One of the things I love most is to combine two different subjects to create a new idea. Design for me is a great platform to positively impact people and make them smile.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I have been making science and space projects for the last 5 years. I especially like to make projects that mix science, arts, and music. I can code using Arduino, Micro:Bit and Python. Some of the projects I have made include the Canada Arm, the Trappist-1 Exoplanetary Model, Make an Astronaut Smile (MARS) Robot, KiloNova Battle Bot, the Dragonfly Bot and many others. 

I am bilingual in French and English.

Sunderland, UK

Carl has an interest in a broad range of design areas and has worked for a number of years teaching on various Animation and Design programmes at the University of Sunderland.

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