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ThinkFun and MakerBot Inspire the Engineer in Every Child

ThinkFun and MakerBot Inspire the Engineer in Every Child with Maker Studio Construction Sets Available Online on Thingiverse


Sets to Create Imaginative, Kinetic Machines Now Available on Thingiverse, the World's Largest 3D Design Community


BROOKLYN, N.Y. and ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2015 – MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, and ThinkFun, the world's leader in fun thinking games, announced today that Maker Studio Construction Sets are available for free at MakerBot Thingiverse, the world's largest 3D design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. The Maker Studio Construction Sets on Thingiverse allow educators, children, and parents, to transform ordinary household items into engineering-inspired machines, sparking their imaginations and an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. The new sets are part of MakerBot's broader initiative to provide educators and students the resources and tools they need to embrace 3D printing. The digital designs for the Maker Studio Construction Sets can be downloaded now for free from Thingiverse at


According to the Department of Education, by the time students are seniors in high school only 16 percent are interested in pursuing STEM careers[1]. ThinkFun and MakerBot hope to inspire more students to develop an interest in STEM with the launch of Maker Studio Construction Sets.


ThinkFun's Maker Studio Construction Sets -- including Gears, Winches, and Propellers -- are designed by engineers for children ages seven years and older with a budding interest in engineering. The 3D printable parts of the sets, including connectors, wheels, rods, hubcaps, spools, and hole punches, can be downloaded individually and used to transform household items, such as cereal boxes or soda cans, into kinetic machines. Instructions, assembly diagrams, and 10 open-ended challenges to build problem-solving skills can also be downloaded from Thingiverse.  Children can follow the step-by-step building instructions or let their imaginations run wild and create their own challenges.


“We're excited to partner with ThinkFun to introduce Maker Studio on Thingiverse,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “These new construction sets use 3D printing to stimulate a child's imagination and build important cognitive skills. The open-ended, creative play fosters child development through self-expression and problem solving, helping kids understand engineering concepts in a playful and engaging way. Opening up Maker Studio Construction Sets to the world's largest 3D printing community gives young makers more tools to create amazing, fun inventions.”


As part of their partnership, ThinkFun and MakerBot today also launched the “Kids Make It Challenge” for children around the world to share their creations and compete for ThinkFun and MakerBot-branded prizes and for the title of Master Maker. To enter, kids or parents simply post a photo or video of their Maker Studio creation on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #KidsMakeIt. Entries will be accepted until July 14, 2015, and the winner will be announced on July 28th, 2015 on the MakerBot blog. Official contest rules are on the #KidsMakeIt Challenge Page.


“Maker Studio sets itself apart from other toys by giving kids the tools to make their own unique creation,” said Bill Ritchie, co-founder of ThinkFun. “Kids are inherently creative, and it's amazing to see how imaginative they can be when given the opportunity to exercise their minds and ingenuity with smart toys like Maker Studio. We are eager to see the creations that come out of the Kids Make It Challenge.”


The Maker Studio Construction Sets are the latest addition to the resources MakerBot is providing for educators. Other resources can be found on the new MakerBot Education Resource Center, such as the MakerBot in the Classroom handbook, real-world MakerBot stories, videos, and challenges for teachers and students. MakerBot also offers custom product solutions for educational institutions such as the MakerBot Starter Lab, a scalable, reliable 3D printing solution that is easy to implement, and the MakerBot Innovation Center, a large-scale 3D printing hub.


About ThinkFun, Inc.

Now celebrating its 30th year, ThinkFun is the world's leader in addictively fun games that ignite 21st century thinking skills and give children an early advantage. Its broad range of games, brainteasers and puzzles are breaking new ground in homes and on the web. ThinkFun stimulates crucial brain development in logic, visual/spatial, math, language, focus and reasoning, preparing kids for a world where math, engineering, coding and creativity are of increasing importance. Visit us at

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About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. MakerBot has one of the largest installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry, with more than 80,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the world. The robust MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone. To learn more about MakerBot, visit


[1] Department of Education; STEM Overview (


Alexandria, VA (January 13, 2014) - ThinkFun®, Inc., the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, proudly announces three nominations for the 2014 Toy of the Year Awards, well-known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Toy of the Year Awards are issued by the Toy Industry Association, and winners are selected by a combined vote of toy manufacturers, retailers, media and consumers. A testament to their retail and consumer appeal, ThinkFun’s nominated games were selected as finalists from over 520 submissions.







Alexandria, VA – June 3, 2013 – Whether you’re a Tween, a self-proclaimed Geek or a puzzle pro, you’re going to get fired up over ThinkFun’s new Laser Maze™, the first logic game with a real laser!


First Logic Game With A Real Laser Among Innovative ThinkFun Games Debuting At Toy Fair

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013

The first logic game with a real laser, the first hide & seek toddler game, and the first circle-shaped word game are showcased at the American International Toy Fair by ThinkFun, the world's leader in addictively fun games that sharpen your mind. ThinkFun is known for Rush Hour®, Zingo!®, Roll & Play™ and other game-changers in the industry.


"A mainstay of our nearly 30-year history is a focus on innovation - developing games that fill an educational need, tap into technology, and sync with societal trends," said Bill Ritchie , ThinkFun CEO and Co-Founder. "Our games reflect first-ever concepts and designs, collaborations with ground-breaking inventors, and new twists to ignite minds of all ages."



NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 – Toy Fair Booth 2251 -- For years, educators have embraced ThinkFun, using games to build problem solving and creative reasoning and to spark a passion for math, language and learning overall. It is with great enthusiasm that ThinkFun announces the introduction of five products designed for classroom learning: Zingo! Sight Words, Spanish-English Zingo!, MathDice Powers, MathDice Tournament Kit, and ShapeOmetry.


ThinkFun Award-Winning Games are perfect Holiday Gifts!

Alexandria, VA (December 3, 2012) - Make your holidays playful and bright with games the whole family will love! ThinkFun brain games are perfect for everyone on your list, from toddlers to grown-ups.  To help streamline your holiday shopping, here are the best games for players of all ages:


18 months to Age 3

Roll & Play - The Holy Grail for the Toddler Set ($19.99)

ThinkFun Celebrates Four Toy of the Year Award Nominations!

Alexandria, VA (November 19, 2012) - ThinkFun®, Inc., the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, proudly announces it has received four nominations for the prestigious 2013 Toy of the Year Awards, well-known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Toy of the Year Awards are issued by the Toy Industry Association in concert with consumer, media and industry support. This year yielded a record number of submissions.


“We are thrilled with the nominations of these great games!” said Andrea Barthello, ThinkFun Co-founder and COO. “We care so deeply about making games that hit the sweet spot between outrageous fun and brain power, and it is an honor to see our passion recognized and celebrated.”


Build Brain Power at Any Age with ThinkFun's 2012 Line Up

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 9, 2012 (PRNewswire)


ThinkFun®, Inc., the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, today announced nine exciting new products will join its product line in 2012. ThinkFun designs innovative games and apps that build brain power - encouraging strategic thinking and creative problem solving.

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