Maker Spaces are gaining popularity in our schools and communities. They provide a fantastic environment for learners to gain new skills through hands-on activities. Maker Spaces combine elements of science labs, workshops, computer labs and art rooms to provide unlimited creativity. Maker Spaces allow learners to experiment and think creatively. They provide deeply engaging projects that give learners the space to take failure in their stride, to build resilience and confidence through tinkering; all essential 21st-century skills.
For younger children, KUBO can be a real asset in a Maker Space. There are lots of easy low-cost projects into which you could incorporate KUBO.
How about starting with something simple like designing a costume for KUBO. Learners could use the existing template, or even design their own?This cat costume is based on the KUBO template, with triangles cut out of the head to make ears. You can do a lot with the template, or use it as a basis to be even more creative and design accessories for KUBO to wear or use different materials?Moving a load, could KUBO be made into a horse with a cart? How about a challenge, who’s cart can pull the heaviest load!This model was made with a small cardboard box. The wheels are borrowed from a 3D printed car (lots of designs available on Thingiverse). The axle is a paper straw. This cart will pull loads up to 100g!
How about a KUBO carousel? KUBO’s motor and the program could be used to power a carousel.
There are unlimited possibilities and your most creative resources are your students. Once they start they will come up with even more fantastic ideas.
By: Nicola Kleiser
Education Technology Consultant.
Crewe, United Kingdom