By engaging kids in a low tech craft - origami - kids can learn high tech digital skills – like computing and connectivity on the Internet.
The activity using origami cubes was developed by Juan Gonzalez, founder of FabSpaces, a technology firm that designs and runs technology workshops for kids. His idea is based on the thinking that when kids are creators, when they make to learn, they learn more than when they simply consume digital media. So what are origami magic cubes and how do they work? First, kids create cubes using the Japanese art of paper-folding. Then, after several have been completed, they connect them using magnets, transistors and LED lights.
In this video, Gonzalez explains how making origami cubes can teach kids about computing and how information is connected on the internet.
- More video from Juan Gonzalez:
- Raising Kids Growing Up with Technology
- A Dad's Tips on Teaching Kids Digital Literacy
- How Making Stuff Teaches Kids Digital Skills
- More from TVOKids and TVOParents:
- TVOKids's Media Lab: Web Wiz game and shows test your child's digital literacy.
- TVOKids's Artbot Action game uses early computer skills, geometry and spatial sense.
- For more on kids and digital media, check out TVOParents' digital literacy page of resources.