Editors note: CNN's "The Next List" will profile Ayah Bdeir, founder of the company littleBits, on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
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Meet the creator of a 'next-generation Lego'
By The Next List Staff, CNN
(CNN) --- In an effort to inspire and equip the next generation of innovators, Ayah Bdeir has created what she says is the next-generation Lego. Called littleBits, her tools, which are not affiliated with Lego, aim to change the way kids learn about science, engineering and basic circuits.
Each littleBits is a pre-engineered electronic module that snaps together with tiny magnets to create just about anything: light, sound, sensors, power, switches and different types of displays. There is no limit to what a person can create, Bdeir says.
No matter how hard she tries, Bdeir said she can't keep littleBits in stock. These friendly, brightly colored blocks won best toy at the 2012 Toy Fair, and if Bdeir has her way, they’ll be in millions of homes next year.
“The idea is that we want to make every single electronic interaction in the world into a ready to use brick,” says Bdeir. “And you can build larger circuits without having a degree in engineering, without having to solder, without having to wire and without having to program.”