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A Game That Teaches Kids to Be Young Designers

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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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Drink Your Coffee Out of a Cup Made From Coffee Waste
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Your coffee habit isn’t exactly good for the environment. For one thing, 30 to 50 percent of the original coffee plant harvested (by weight) ends up as agricultural waste, and there aren’t many uses for coffee husks and pulp. While coffee pulp can be made into flour, and in Ethiopia husks are used to brew a type of coffee called bruno, typically most of the byproducts of your morning coffee go to waste.

Huskee has another use for coffee husks. The company makes stylish coffee cups, returning coffee back to its original home inside the husk, in a sense. The dishwasher-friendly and microwavable cups are made of husks from coffee farms in Yunnan, China. The material won’t burn your hands, but it keeps your coffee warm as well as a ceramic mug would.

A stack of black cups and saucers of various sizes on an espresso machine.
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Designed for both home and restaurant use, the cups come in 6-ounce, 8-ounce, and 12-ounce sizes with saucers. The company is also working on a lid so that the cups can be used on the go.

Huskee estimates that a single coffee drinker is responsible for around 6.6 pounds of husk waste per year, which doesn’t sound like much until you begin to consider how many coffee lovers there are in the world. That’s somewhere around 1.49 million tons per year, according to the company. Though coffee husks are sometimes used for animal feed, we could use a few more ways to recycle them. And if it happens to be in the form of an attractive coffee mug, so be it.

A four-pack of cups is about $37 on Kickstarter. The product is scheduled to ship before February 2018.

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100 Street Artists Turned This College Dorm in Paris Into a Graffiti Gallery

This summer, a college dorm in Paris received a colorful—albeit temporary—interior makeover after dozens of graffiti artists joined forces to adorn its walls, ceilings, and floors with collages, murals, and painted designs.

As My Modern Met reports, the artists spent three weeks painting the student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire as part of Rehab 2, an urban festival held from June 16 to July 16. The school will soon undergo renovations, so the artworks aren’t long for this world—but luckily for street art fans, pictures of the vibrant graffiti have been posted on social media for our prolonged enjoyment.

Check some of them out below:

[h/t My Modern Met]

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