Sofya Zeylikman is a designer/tinkerer/maker from New York City by way of Moscow, where she was born. Though she came to the United States at age two, she is highly influenced by the history of her family as Russian Jews. Her decision to study Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design came from her love of helping her father around the house, and the “if it’s broken, try to fix it first before buying it” mentality of her family. While at school, her work focuses on interpersonal relationships and the “lives” of objects.
The experience of being able to learn in a hands on way at RISD really left a mark on Sofya. When not busy in her studio, she leads workshops to young students at the local Jewish Day School of Rhode Island that focus on fusing together a science and math education with design thinking. She also works closely with the teacher of the Design Lab at the day school as a design education consultant. After graduation, Sofya hopes to develop a series of lesson plans and workshops for public school teachers to be able to spread a “STEAM” education.
To learn more about her work with the STEAM movement, check out her Connected Learning profile here.