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. & ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
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 thingiverse.com/thinkfun.
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The Maker Studio Construction Sets on Thingiverse allow educators, children, and parents, to transform ordinary household items into engineering-inspired machines.
According to the Department of Education, by the time students are
seniors in high school only 16 percent are interested in pursuing STEM
careers1. ThinkFun and MakerBot hope to inspire more students
to develop an interest in STEM with the launch of Maker Studio
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
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
blog. Official contest rules are on the #KidsMakeIt
"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 www.thinkfun.com.
Follow Thinkfun on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thinkfun)
and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ThinkFunGames).
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 makerbot.com.
1 Department of Education; STEM Overview (https://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/stem-overview.pdf
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