Guidecraft is proud to introduce IO Blocks Makerspace as a free online resource for teachers, educators, and students interested in combining technology and design with the limitless opportunities of Guidecraft’s original building toy system, IO Blocks. Curated lessons on familiar subjects; such as insects, robots, and bridges, encourage children to explore the world around them using IO Blocks and 3D printed pieces of their own creation.
IO Blocks are Guidecraft’s friction fit building system influenced by virtual world design elements. Each of the 11 unique shapes are designed to a 1:1 ratio standard building unit. While playing with the toys, children become familiar with many concepts vital to understanding STEM concepts such as spatial and number sense, structure, and balance. These characteristics make IO Blocks an ideal physical model for introducing children to digital 3D design and product and part creation.
The IO Blocks Makerspace Community was created to deliver a complete platform to teachers and librarians interested in integrating 3D design into their curriculum. Students are asked to solve problems or tasks presented to them using their classroom’s IO Blocks set. Using 3D design programs, students can download and tinker with original IO Blocks shapes to create unique IO Blocks pieces that help accomplish their prompt or task. At the end of each lesson, students will have used problem solving, creativity, technical skills, and perseverance to accomplish their task.
Everyone is encouraged to share their designs, builds, and unique lessons on the Guidecraft IO Blocks Makerspace Community. All lessons and inspirational Makerspace submissions can be found there. The lessons and shape files (CADs) for the IO Blocks pieces may be download directly from the website. For more information about the IO Blocks Makerspace page, or to become a part of the IO Makerspace Community, please visit www.guidecraft.com/makerspace.