BLENDING ART AND ENGINEERING

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Our Mission

We instill girls with creative confidence, and inspire them to learn design-thinking and innovation skills to become tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

The name KiraKira means 'shimmering’ like a star in Japanese. This name represents our social mission to reach for the stars and continue our work to close the gender gap in STEM.

KiraKira’s community cultivates and encourages the next generation of innovators, makers, designers, and architects. We arm female makers with the confidence to pursue careers in technology and change the world for the better.

Our platform teaches the fundamentals of design thinking, engineering and entrepreneurship through our custom classes taught by KiraKira instructors. Our platform enables students with the skills needed to create virtual and physical products using CAD software.

We encourage our students, ‘KiraKira Designers’ to put their own spin on their pieces, to encourage unique expression of identity and creativity.

"KiraKira’s focus on social impact is core to its business and is already improving the lives of young women across the country from a range of socio-economic environments and educational systems."

John Galvin, Intel, Head of education

A Message From our founder, Suz Somersall

When I was younger, I was - for lack of a better word - a huge nerd. I loved playing video games like Final Fantasy, researching all the species that lived in the Amazon, and repurposing the tops of my doll houses into starship control panels. More than anything, I loved building things. Years later - I went to college at Brown University with a desire to study engineering, but I found the classes uninspiring. Instead, art and design classes excited me.

After I graduated from Brown, I went to the Rhode Island School of Design for grad school. Ironically, it was in art school that I fell in love with engineering. I began using tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines. These machines, tools, and engineering software allowed me to bring my imagination to life.

I began to realize something - if you lead with creativity, the love for STEM will follow. And I began to remember my 13 year old self again - the one who thought she could build anything. ♥ Suz

Our Team

KiraKira promotes diversity and inclusion in both our PRODUCT and our TEAM.

Our product is designed to close the gender gap in engineering and our team is comprised of members from a wide range of cultural backgrounds - including Italian and Russian immigrants who draw from a diverse range of skill sets.

Suz Somersall
CEO/Founder
Julia Ladutko
CTO
Sabrina Facchetti
Mechanical Engineer
Jackee Hernandez
UX Engineer
Lauren Berkman
CRO
Ashley Koprowski
CDO
Tyagi Schwartz
Outreach Specialist

Partners & Investors

Autodesk

Intel Education

Matter VC

Advisors

David Min
Disney

Janne Kyttanen
3D Systems

Marc Yi
Intel Capital