Lux Blox STEM and STEAM Build Anything Toy
Mike and Heather Acerra come from an art, engineering and education background. When they started raising their two boys they realized that so much of the amazing scientific and engineering discoveries of the last 100 years were not available in current construction toys that often relied on static construction involving stacking things or connecting with hubs and sticks. And they saw this a big problem that they just might be able to solve.
In 2012 they began designing a construction toy that would build things like nature does - things that would bend and fold and squish and move and form the shapes of living things. With the help of a 15 year old German immigrant boy who served as their AutoCAD draftsman and an army of neighborhood kids who would be their product testers, Mike and Heather spent three years prototyping with a 3D printer hundreds of concepts. In 2015 they launched Lux Blox and since then have been dedicated to keeping it a 100 percent made in the USA learning toy.
Lux has been recognized with many notable awards, including the 2019 FedEx Small Business Challenge Grand Prize, Parents' Choice Gold Award, Top Toy by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, called Next Level Legos by New York Magazine, and certified by STEM.org at the highest level. Lux Blox has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends.
What makes Lux Blox so unique is that it was designed to give people a means of better understanding their world through the activity of construction. Lux achieves this by using moving linkages to build things as we find them in our world. This amazing characteristic offers natural springboards into a wide variety of subject matter and disciplines. This was the inventors' intention - to stimulate curiosity, exploration and creativity, and to build connections to the world. And in the process make our kids happier, healthier, and smarter.
Heather and Mike say it best!