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Kideville, is a collaborative city design project for children, with a full curriculum for teachers. Each student gets a design brief for a building, and they are guided through a term-long process of research, ideation, sketching, urban planning, 3D design and printing. This curriculum includes teamwork, project management and practical skills that equip children for jobs of the future. The Kideville Starter Kit contains everything you need for up to 12 students (or groups).
Jubilee Primary School in South London has never experienced 3D Printing and CAD before using the Kideville kit. From our point of view, the biggest success was seeing how the class managed to produce such amazing design results without any prior knowledge in what is known to be a challenging subject area, including CAD, 3D Geometry, Orthographic, Architectural briefs. In fact, a lot of the students didn’t express much interest in creative subjects at the start, but by the end, only 6 weeks later were very excited to become designers and architects.
“I just wanted to reiterate my gratitude for sharing the project with us, it was a really fantastic experience for the children.”
Liam Curd, Teacher
“I wanted to become a scientist but now I want to be an architect as well.”
Maria, Year 5 Student
“My favourite part of the workshop was designing shapes into buildings.”
Kyle, Year 5 Student
Clevedon Secondary School
One of the first schools that implemented Kideville into their Design Technology curriculum was the Clevedon Secondary School. Their head of DT, Dave White, who was already experienced with 3D Printing was very keen to teach his students about design and architecture through a new activity that was fun for the whole group and lasted for several weeks.We were delighted to get very positive feedback both from Mr White and the students, who enjoyed the project, even without the novelty “wow” factor of 3D Printing and CAD, as they were all well familiar with it.
“Really excited to be a part of the KIDEVILLE experience.”
“Lots of secondary schools have machines (but have limited ideas of how to use it with younger students)… so a Kideville pack is perfect for these.”
Dave White, Head of DT
CAD & 3D Printing Skills
Kideville introduces children to practical 3D modelling and 3D printing skills. Kideville encourages children to reconnect the physical and digital worlds though making, and learn the value of computer aided design. Through the project, the students will learn about 3D and spacial geometry and understand scale and proportions in both virtual and real environments. Most importantly, our product makes it easy and effective for teachers to deliver 3D Design lessons.
Much like a game, each student is assigned a creative mission, based on their interests, that takes them through a full design and project management process. The teacher curates this journey that includes research, ideation, sketching, CAD modelling, 3D printing and presenting. Kideville inspires students to obtain the skills and knowledge in STEM and pursue careers in design, technology and engineering. Our curriculum learning materials are filled with lesson plans and activities, which help educators guide their students though the design process.
The Kideville project is highly collaborative. Both the teacher and students are involved in the creation of the Kideville island and settle upon its shores together. The whole class will develop an affection for the island as students design their homes on it, and then gather to provide the island with all the necessary facilities. Agreements are to be reached to decide where to place the buildings: this encourages children to discuss and share ideas on urban planning. The process is a constant mix of individual responsibilities and collaborative decisions.
Learning Through Making
Thousands of boys and girls around the world who participated in Kidesign activities helped us develop a formula for an educational process that is collaborative, cross-disciplinary and fun. In these five years, our team has learned what motivates children and what experiences stand out in their memories. We believe that the best education is hands-on and that is why Kideville encourages learning through making. Making sketches, making models, making mistakes. And then again making!
3D design can be a hard subject to teach, but it is a crucial one to sustain the quality of modern education. Our curriculum was designed by academics and tested with children of different ages to find the best learning methods and processes. The Kideville lesson plans enable educators to carry out 14 effective lessons without investing hours into preparation. We are delivering the value of years of on-site academic research, and the security of an effective teaching plan, all into a purchasable
How Does it Work?
Each student gets a design brief for a building, and they are guided through a term-long process of research, ideation, sketching, urban planning, 3D design and printing. This curriculum includes teamwork, project management and practical skills that equip children for jobs of the future.
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