3DUX UNIVERSITY GOLD STAR PROJECT: 

 Guanacaste Region, costa rica


about the culture

Famous for being the happiest country in the world, the people of Costa Rica are welcoming and friendly. Costa Ricans are peace-loving and also take great pride in their efforts at sustainability. The official language is Spanish (since the country was colonized by Spain way back in the 1500's with Christopher Columbus). The Costa Rican people affectionately refer to themselves as "Ticos". One of the favorite sayings is "Pura Vida" which means" pure life" but in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying—it really is a whole way of life. The country is lush with wildlife, tropical forest and beautiful beaches. 


So enamored by our young Costa Rican Kindergarten Students' work, the 3DuxDesign Team just HAD to take a trip down to see what this country is all about. and boy were we happy we did.... 

  • Wildlife even at the airport
  • The Student Community Project
  • See the buildings 
  • 3Dux visits a coffee plantation

As soon as we got off the airplane, 3Dux cofounders Ayana and Ethan were welcomed by a giant sloth. So, if you kids think that owning your own business gets you out of having to pose for embarrassing family vacation photos, think again!


This project was done by a Kindergarten class from the Guanacaste Region. They were learning about towns and the services they have that benefit the people who live there. We loved how well each building was put together and the neat and orderly urban design. 

The traditional Costa Rican town has a plaza in the center with a soccer field. On the western side of the plaza is the church. The class visited 4 towns in our area and made a chart to compare them.

Sustainability is very important to Costa Ricans and the children in this school learn a lot about how to protect the environment. This group of students learned about recycling and created a poster. The students in this school used recycled cardboard for their 3DuxDesign community.

The whole process In a nut shell (actually, a coffee bean). 



All coffee in Costa Rica is grown and processed in the hills at higher elevations and lower air temperatures. Volcanic soil make for a ribust flavorful coffee.

Our tour guide showed us how to determine the different grades of coffee beans and how they relate to the flavor and quality. 

Our tour guide explained how coffee is grown, picked and dried naturally by the sun. 

At the end of the tour we got to relax and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed, home grown coffee.

And a word from a very proud teacher... "Our friends at 3DuxDesign invited us to participate in their global initiative to have students represent their communities using cardboard and 3Dux clips. During the theme of Origins, Kindergarten students studied the concept of a town and the services it provides to its members. The children visited 4 local towns and compared the features of each. Then they represented a town using recycled cardboard and the 3Dux clips. They were able to integrate the skills of describing, comparing and contrasting, writing, counting, graphing, and an introduction to map skills into the Social Studies standard of understanding the features of a town".



design  •  build  •  share • collaborate


Architecture, Design Thinking, and the 3Dux Creators

Architecture brings open-ended creativity and design thinking to traditional STEM learning. 


We are a team of designers, educators,  architects, engineers, artists and other thought leaders having some serious fun educating the next generation. Our project-based workshops inspire children to define problems, collaboratively explore solutions, create, and reevaluate. 3Dux classes incorporate a wide range of topics including sustainability,  urban planning, and social equity for a more holistic approach to STEM learning.


NYU Medical School trained pediatrician and co-developer of 3DuxDesign, Marci Klein, M.D. brings over 20 years experience in both clinical and academic medicine with a focus on community health, patient education, and early childhood development


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