Hints For Teachers When Introducing Makedo For The First Time100
Makedo is simple to use. But we have a couple of tips and hints to make it even easier to use. Whether you’re in a classroom, a maker space, a museum or your home here are some recommendations when using the tools and planning a project.
First a bit about what the Makedo tools are designed to do:
- The FOLD-ROLLER perforates lines. You can fold and sculpt cardboard like a pro.
- The SCRU-DRIVER connects cardboard as easily as righty tighty, lefty loosey. With a few quick turns the cardboard is securely joined.
- The SAFE-SAW cuts cardboard swiftly (without any safety risk).
- The MINI-TOOL punches holes through cardboard. You can insert the scru into the socket (it also doubles as a mini scru-diver).
- The two sizes of SCRU connect between three to six layers of corrugated layers of cardboard depending on which one you chose.
Check out the online tutorials to walk you through how to use the tools to transform cardboard. After watching, have a go, so you can get the hang of it before you introduce the tools to your students.
Then unleash the magic of the tools in your class. Allow students to master the tools with lots of opportunities to practice. We recommend time for them to brainstorm and draw their designs. Encourage students to explore, ask questions, ask for help, collaborate, and revisit their work. To find solutions to problems they can pair up with a buddy or work in small groups. We encourage teachers to jump in and help too!
Project provocations can be found here on our HUB, Instagram and Twitter full of ideas for designing, STEAM and lots of cardboard construction fun posted by our global community of makers. For example, designing and constructing a chair that students can sit in, a tunnel they can crawl through or a costume they can wear to perform their favourite story to name a few. All of this can be done with Makedo and cardboard! We encourage teachers and students to head to go.make.do/learn to share their cardboard creations with others.