2016. Using plywood boards, groups were tasked with creating a space for children (pre-K to 5 years old) that can help mould a learning space to help teachers with daily activities. We were not given guidelines, but as a class we came up with rules and ideas. My group (of two) were chosen to have our table manufactured by KODO KIDS.
Below are images of iterations, further progress, children playing, and our final table (final at the time). Currently, the latest model has been sent to 4 school across the US to study how teachers and children utilize the Maker Table. I have created a brochure to help teachers understand examples of ways it can be used in curriculums for STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). We presented the Maker Table in Los Angeles where teachers eagerly await for the Table to hit the shelves.
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The third iteration was tested by creating a cardboard cut out to see how the children would interact with the table. We were interested if they would use the table as designed or use it in a totally different way than intended. We gleaned valuable insight and started on the new modifications for the first wooden iteration.
Based on the research from the cardboard cut out, the wooden iteration was modified and improved. So far this is the first wooden version of 3 total.