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7-year-olds Are Building The Future: Maker Studio

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 18:14

The future has arrived, and kids like 7-year-old Bella are building it.

Just this week, ThinkFun launched its first video trailer on social media. Taking advantage of modern tools to deliver content like this is the future and we hope launching Bella’s video helps us to inspire a whole new generation of modern makers and STEM enthusiasts.

In our very first video, Bella uses her Maker Studio Gear Building Kit to yank a loose tooth right out of her own mouth! Her inspiring enthusiasm makes you laugh and her engineering success encourages viewers to learn more. It’s all part of an ongoing narrative we’re fostering that revolves around Maker Studio and the STEM exploration these kits inspire.

Bella—Maker Studio’s creative correspondent—has a whole series of videos on her channel, Made by Bella. You can watch her entire tooth pull experiment or check out her other experiments, such as this, her first contribution:

Maker Studio is a collection of three open-ended construction kits. These are different kinds of toys — ones that challenge kids to impress their personal stamp of creativity directly onto the experience of play. The fun of Maker Studio is in creating your own funky machine and sharing your own creative solutions. Social media content like Bella’s simply celebrates that as it happens.

And Bella isn’t our only creative correspondent. Within days of inviting families to try out Maker Studio kits we were rewarded with a power shot of creativity. Take a look at these pictures:

Taking things one step further, we’re working to organize a Maker Parade Online Tournament Pageant this fall. Picture a Rose Bowl Parade crossed with a Burning Man art car celebration of STEM exploration.

Watch this space for more news, more videos, and more fun in the making.

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