How can you get children excited about understanding how technology works?

 

A collaboration between designer/technologist Stef Lewandowski, founder of Makeshift and primary school teacher Gavin Summerfield from Heber Primary School in London.

We are prototyping an inspirational box for schools that contains amazing gadgets, kits and tools to inspire children to learn about how technology works. 

Included with all of these futuristic things will be a set of lesson plans that help teachers to deliver the new computing curriculum, as well as ways to use the box to fit in with other areas of learning.

“The Awesome Box”

Initially, we coined the phrase "The Awesome Box" however — there are a couple of other people doing their own "awesome box" and we're not related. But it was the best way of describing the idea so far and the name stuck. We have now settled on "The Future Box" as it was suggested by one of the pupils.

Clore Prize-winners

This first phase of the project is being funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation with an award of £50,000, with all funds being managed by Heber School. We're trying to make those funds stretch as far as we can in this prototyping phase.