Hints for teachers when introducing Makedo tools into the classroom
There’s no doubt that Makedo is simple to use but we want to share a couple of hints, tips and tricks to make it even easier. So, whether you’re in a classroom, a maker space, a museum or at home here’s how to get the most out of Makedo’s tools.
But first a bit about what the Makedo tools are designed to do:
- The FOLD-ROLLER perforates lines so 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.
If you get stuck, check out the online tutorials that walk you through how to use each of the tools.
After watching, have a go so you can get the hang of it before you introduce them to your students.
We've found that the best way to approach a day of Makedo is to give students lots of opportunities to practice with the tools. And then, when it comes to the business of creating, we recommend giving them enough time to brainstorm their ideas and then the space to plan and draw their designs.
Encourage them to explore, ask questions, ask for help, collaborate, and revisit their work. We also always encourage teachers to roll their sleeves up and jump in on the fun.
After all, doing it yourself is the best way to learn.
Project inspiration can be found here on our HUB, Instagram and Twitter. They’re all full of ideas posted by our global community of makers.
Image credit: @Ms_Hofman (top), @AttymassNS (bottom)