MakerBot has announced a strategic partnership with kid’s educational toy maker ThinkFun, to create a next generation Lego like modular construction toy they call Maker Studio Construction Sets. The construction set is an educational toy set which teaches children to use products found in the common house and make ace car, a cable car, a three-wheeler, a motorcycle or use your imagination to build something all your own.
The Construction set is available on Amazon for $19.99 and if you have a 3d Printer you could also download it free from the Thingiverse website. The toy encourages STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) leaning, problem solving and stimulates imagination and creativity. The set includes gears, a spool, connectors, wheels, rods, and hub caps which can be used in multiple ways to focus a working model of a car.
Taking about the Maker Studio Construction Set, Jonathan Jaglom CEO of MakerBot said ‘We’re excited to partner with ThinkFun to introduce Maker Studio on Thingiverse. These new construction sets use 3D printing to stimulate a child’s imagination and build important cognitive skills. The open-ended, creative play fosters child development through self-expression and problem solving, helping kids understand engineering concepts in a playful and engaging way. Opening up Maker Studio Construction Sets to the world’s largest 3D printing community gives young makers more tools to create amazing, fun inventions.’
To promote the Construction set the two companies have also announced a 'Kids make it' Challenge. The challenge is for Makers from the age of 13 and above should be using the Maker Studio Construction Sets to complete the challenge. The makers should upload a photo or video of their creation to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KidsMakeIt and tagging @ThinkFun or @MakerBot.
The Kids Make It Challenge will run from June 23rd, 2015 unto 11:59pm EST on July 14, 2015. If you have a kid below the age of 13 you could participate on behalf of your kid. The 5 winners will receive Makerbot Filaments and 6 will be given ThinkFun's newest games!
We spoke to Bill Ritchie, ThinkFun’s co-founder and he stated ‘Kids are inherently creative, and it’s amazing to see how imaginative they can be when given the opportunity to exercise their minds and ingenuity with smart toys like Maker Studio. We are eager to see the creations that come out of the Kids Make It Challenge.’