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Fostering a STEM Mindset

Fostering a STEM Mindset

Guest Blog Post from Dr. Jacie Maslyk:  “I really think our game should focus on adding and subtracting decimals,” one student suggests. “I think that might be a little challenging. Maybe we should just focus on rounding decimals since that’s what we have been working on mostly in class,” shares another.  “I like that idea. Can we all come to an agreement on that?” This was part of a conversation that I recently overheard in a fifth-grade classroom, where students were working together to design and build board games. All the games needed to include relevant math content, as well as...

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How To Load Test Your Tower Structures?

How To Load Test Your Tower Structures?

Our friends at UCSD Structural Engineering Department use a method for testing load on Cori tower structures that we wanted to share with all our teachers. You will need a luggage scale device that can be looped and hooked onto a Cori tower structure like below.  Here are the steps to testing load on your Cori Tower Structures: Step 0: Measure tower weight and height Step 1: Secure the tower base Step 2: Loop and hook the luggage scale Step 3: Turn on the luggage scale Step 4: Pull the luggage scale horizontally to apply lateral force Step 5: Record results...

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Learning From Teachers: 7 Common Patterns That Drove Our Design Process

Learning From Teachers: 7 Common Patterns That Drove Our Design Process

Throughout our journey as a company, we have continued to embrace the engineering design process in our conversations with educators and makers. When we decided to focus on cardboard as a foundational material, we spent countless hours listening and reflecting on the challenges teachers faced in their STEAM, PBL and makerspace classrooms. Below are the seven common patterns we uncovered and continually design our solutions around.  Optimizing Creative Time With an already jam-packed standards-based curriculum map, it is understandable that teachers face limited time to implement hands-on experiences for their students. Likewise, dedicated STEAM or maker teachers face a similar...

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I Am Going To Like School...

I Am Going To Like School...

I am going to like school…when the fixed mindset is considered uncool, where the design process, creativity and empathy sets the foundation for us mentally.  I am going to learn better…when I am not lectured forever, PowerPoint included…which often leaves me convoluted. I am going to like my teacher…when he is more than a preacher, where being a guide on the side gives us more pride and makes me feel more alive. I am going to complete my homework…when it evolves from just paperwork, where collaborative projects are the norm and worksheets are old form. I am going to write...

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Will there be a Cori Jeepney 2.0 in the works?

Will there be a Cori Jeepney 2.0 in the works?

Last year, we ran one of our most successful Cori project campaigns for Filipino American History Month. Inspired by the co-founder’s heritage and culture, we designed and created our very own version of the Jeepney out of Cori materials. The demand for our Limited Edition Cori Jeepney was more than we dreamed and we sold out quickly. As part of the campaign, we ran competitions for different maker divisions and were in awe of the beautiful designs and artwork. See below. Lastly, we were humbled to donate portions of our sales to the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).  Throughout...

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