Sandra Turner

Class of 2012

Blue Sky Explorer and CEO, Viggi Kids, Corp.

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Biography

Sandra is a native of Rochester, NY and graduate of Rochester Institutue of Technology with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design in 2012.  She spent her first career in business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from SUNY Brockport.  After graduating from RIT, she founded Rove Design Group, a design consultancy firm focused on design thinking and concept development.  In 2015, Sandra co-founded Viggi Kids, Corp. together with fellow alum and inventor, Christalyn Snyder (BFA, Industrial Design, ’11).  

Sandra & Christalyn met while they were studying Industrial Design at RIT. Both shared a passion for helping children and were independently creating objects to be used in learning environments as part of their thesis research. Sandra was working on trying to commercialize her thesis design, Vidget (formally named Fidget) and Christalyn’s product Digit Widgit was in the making.  They decided since their products rhymed, it was meant for them to join forces and work together to enter the market.  A little while later, the dream of Viggi Kids was born.  Creating play environments that help to stimulate and foster children’s learning is the foundation of Viggi Kids. They take a "whole child approach" targeted toward not just literacy learning but also inspiring the child's creativity, imagination and self-confidence. Sandra and Christalyn celebrate the design process and are dedicated to sustainability. They plan to provide customers with the "story" of how their products "came to life."  Through videos, images and interactive graphics, the story of how the product concept started, its development and manufacturing process, and what it took to get to the end-user will be shared as part of the story-telling process.  Donning their new titles of Blue Sky Explorer and Creative Mastermind, Sandra & Christalyn aspire to build young innovators by creating multi-sensory experiences and promoting naturally beneficial behaviors through the use of our products.

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Vidget

Did a teacher ever tell you to stop wiggling or fidgeting in your chair and sit still? With the patented Vidget™ System, you don't have to! Plus, it's actually better for you. Being able to fidget in a classroom improves focus, inspires creativity, and promotes calmness. It creates a healthier learning environment by providing a safe and quiet way to release some of the endless energy kids have.  Vidget™ inspires kids to move naturally and celebrates imaginative play while learning!

The Vidget™ is a three-in-one. It can transform from a chair into a desk or stool by simply turning it over. The modular & versatile design of the Vidget™ System provides many opportunities for teachers and parents to work together with children to build their own environments based on individual and group needs.   Combine Vidgets™ to work together as a system to inspire collaboration & learning in a home or classroom environment.  Need a table for group time? Push a few Vidget™ desks together and create a work surface just the right size. The Vidget™ System works for all sizes from 18months to adult.

Sandra’s goal has always been to encourage children to embrace the idea that a chair doesn't have to be just a chair and inspire them to use their imagination. Parents and teachers are focused today on how to create "innovative thinkers" but they are still using the same old chairs and desks that are more of an obstacle vs. adding a benefit to the learning process.  To us, that's like riding a horse and buggy while using your iPad! Sounds kind of silly doesn't it?

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Vidget

The Vidget™ is a three-in-one. It can transform from a chair into a desk or stool by simply turning it over. The modular & versatile design of the Vidget™ System provides many opportunities for teachers and parents to work together with children to build their own environments based on individual and group needs.   Combine Vidgets™ to work together as a system to inspire collaboration & learning in a home or classroom environment.  Need a table for group time? Push a few Vidget™ desks together and create a work surface just the right size. The Vidget™ System works for all sizes from 18months to adult.

Sandra’s goal has always been to encourage children to embrace the idea that a chair doesn't have to be just a chair and inspire them to use their imagination. Parents and teachers are focused today on how to create "innovative thinkers" but they are still using the same old chairs and desks that are more of an obstacle vs. adding a benefit to the learning process.  To us, that's like riding a horse and buggy while using your iPad! Sounds kind of silly doesn't it?