March 29th, 2015

Charlie Cart is a project that seeks to get kids cooking in the classroom. The tough little kitchen on wheels includes all the components needed to set up hands-on cooking lessons in any educational setting: a cooktop and small oven, a rinsing station, mixing bowls, cutting boards and more. The cart supports lessons across disciplines, moves easily between classrooms, and works outside in the garden or playground.

August 26th, 2014

FoldScope is microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. It costs less than a dollar to produce, can provide over 2000x magnification, and requires no external power. The tool aims to help diagnose diseases in developing countries and to make science education easily accessible to people around the world.

February 15th, 2014

Hippo is a toy created for seniors who have recently gone through physical trauma. Hippo’s playful nature provides a new way to observe an elderly person’s altered needs and abilities. The toy encourages creative interactions and social engagement, both of which can be beneficial when attempting to recover from a stroke or injury.

November 27th, 2013

Toymail allows you to send a messages to little ones right through their toys. Record a message with the Toymail app and a kid can reply right from their toy. 

May 19th, 2013

Daily Adventures is a toy that enables children to create their own stories. Children can use the camera to record the journeys of Adventure Dave and Daisy; tangible pages can then be produced with the printer and bound with slip-on binder clips. Children can use their picture book to share their amazing adventures with friends and family.

September 3rd, 2012

“The Echo Smart Pen is a pen computer used for handwriting capture, audio recording, and other useful learning applications.

The pen has a camera on its tip that records a micro dot pattern on Livescribe “dot paper” while you are writing, allowing you to go back to a note later, tap on it, and hear the audio recording from the exact time of writing the note, so a student can read their notes and re-listen to the lecture simultaneously.

Echo is the first product ever to combine all four modes of communication (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a simple pen and paper format. ”

February 12th, 2012

“For years, businesses have used human-centered design to develop innovative solutions. Why not apply the same approach to overcome challenges in the nonprofit world?

The HCD Toolkit was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The free kit, available for download here, walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas. The process has led to innovations such as the HeartStart defibrillator, CleanWell natural antibacterial products, and the Blood Donor System for the Red Cross—all of which have enhanced the lives of millions of people.”

February 10th, 2012

“IDEO collaborated with Steelcase to find and design the right platform for improving the classroom experience. The team observed, among other things, that tablet-arm desks had remained unchanged for decades, even though class sizes and densities had grown dramatically. This presented an opportunity for Steelcase to enter the education market with a product that could immediately make an impact on seating arrangements.

The final product, dubbed the Node chair, has received praise for promoting student collaboration, allowing educators to reconfigure classrooms to fit different teaching styles, and enabling institutions to save money by making spaces more flexible and accommodating for varied uses.”

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