Connecting a community through Design Thinking

When Ayana and Ethan first decided to launch their company 3DuxDesign, their mission statement was 3 pages long, They wanted their product to be modern and innovative,  intuitive and easy to use (no instructions needed). They also wanted to make something that was open ended, creative, educational, and environmentally friendly.  That was a tall order.

founders, 3DuxDesign building and construction kits for STEM and STEAM education

Somehow, they pulled it off and one year later, their 3D printed connectors are connecting more than just cardboard. After running numerous events at local schools, museums, STEM programs and camps, we have discovered that kids of all ages, races, sexes and developmental levels can work together collaboratively on equal ground when given the right platform. With feedback from many of the over 50 programs now using 3Dux products, we are convinced that incorporating design thinking into a curriculum is beneficial for all ages. 

collaborating cardboard construction

But just one day into this campaign we are seeing a whole new type of connection. We have been humbled by the response from the community through our Kickstarter campaign. Over $1,500 pledged in the past 12 hours have been gifted to schools on our list with limited funding. For some educational products, that may not seem like a lot of material but therein lies the beauty of the 3DuxDesign set. 

minds in motion westport cardboard construction

These connectors are engineered to fit most commercially available shipping box cardboard, THE most ubiquitous building material in the world. So one GOBOX, which normally retails for $120 (only $100 on our live kickstarter campaign) can supply an entire school with the materials and lessons needed to introduce their students to STEAM fundamentals. 

  

Each GOBOX contains over 300 connectors and when used with the schools' recycled cardboard, can supply the materials needed for up to 25 students working in groups of 3-4. The kits also have cardboard templates and rulers for students create infinite number of circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and any other shape they can imagine. 

urban planning curriculum for k4 and elementary school classes and early educationOur urban design curriculum focuses on design thinking, community building and  empathy in addition to the core STEM fundamentals of geometry, physics and engineering. Kids are encouraged to think about what it means to be a part of a community, how they can benefit from their neighbors and how they can also contribute to the community as a whole. 

We want to thank the individuals and businesses that have come together support the growing number of schools that are now a part of the 3Dux Community. Follow their journey on their live kickstarter campaign now

Creativity is just Connecting Things
- Steve Jobs

 

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