Originally founded in 2015 by John Schuster and Nate MacDonald who met while working at a Marin County, CA, school district. Nate was teaching math and offering an elective STEM course to middle school students, and John was hosting “lunch and learn” events to teach kids circuitry. (His “real” job was in the district’s IT department.)
Determined to better engage their students, they teamed up to find the best ed-tech toys for understanding circuits and how they work. After reviewing a number of electronic kits — and even hacking some to create the quintessential teaching tools they envisioned — Nate and John decided the only course was to make their own. A crude early design was launched at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 and their first company, IgnitED Learning, was born.
Over time, IgniteED became Tenka Inc. and continues under John Schuster’s product design and business leadership. We are partners with Musical Ltd, a leading Hong Kong based toy and consumer electronics manufacturing company to better manage product quality, increase production capabilities and secure strong supply chain controls for future expansion.
291 School Street, Suite 3
Willits, CA 95490