A little over two weeks ago, Mitch Altman announced the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge. Workshop 88 is one of the 30 hackerspaces across the world participating in this event.
For the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge we are planning to design and build a set of interactive cubes which students could use by themselves or in groups to explore and master concepts covered in their schoolwork. These cubes are to be a platform to learn or teach a wide array of topics covered over the entire K-12 curriculum and beyond. A first generation set of cubes that we plan to build could be used as interactive flashcards. We envision a future set of cubes which can communicate with each other and provide feedback to the students using them in order to guide learning. The cubes will be easily adapted by teachers to fit whatever lesson is being taught, yet flexible enough to foster student creativity.
The cubes will be made of low cost electronic components and design will focus on minimizing power consumption while maximizing configurability and portability. Cubes will be able to be configured by defining a glyph to be displayed to the user and will contain some logic to interact with an adjacent cubes dependent upon the glyph that they are displaying. The cubes will be able to be reprogrammed, recharged, and store metrics for use by educators.
We are so thrilled to be a part of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge! Are you interested in helping us out over the next 6 weeks? Let us know!