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A Game That Teaches Kids to Be Young Designers

Want your kid to think like a designer? Khandu, a new card game raising money on Kickstarter, aims to foster creative thinking in children ages 6 to 12 by making them do just that.

Created by Seven Thinkers, a Madrid-based design agency, Khandu's goal is to teach kids design thinking, a way of approaching problems and coming up with creative solutions by doing. One version of the process, for instance, has six steps: understand, observe, define, ideate (brainstorm), prototype, and test.

Each Khandu kit contains four decks of cards with prompts to help kids learn how design works, from coming up with an idea to creating a prototype. The four decks include 15 challenges for kids to complete, 35 tools that teach kids how to come up with ideas and create scale models of their designs, 10 "Khandus" (the characters who become the “users” that kids are designing their products or buildings or clothes for), and 10 action cards with suggestions that encourage kids to do things like “get visual” to complete their task.

The Seven Thinkers team worked with Scholas Occurentes, an educational organization launched by Pope Francis, to make sure the game was suitable for children. Eventually, they want to make a digital edition, too. 

Khandu is selling on Kickstarter for $44 right now. 

All images by Seven Thinkers. 

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Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture
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The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

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“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

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