Our first international BOOST by Born Just Right workshop started out strong with the help of four creative kids. They gathered with their parents at the Fabrilab, a 3D printing and design center in Bogotá, Colombia. Our Senior Program Director Kate Ganim is in the city and was able to launch one of our workshops during her visit.
The workshop is taking place across two Saturdays. Last Saturday, the kids learned about how creative games can help them develop really cool ideas that can build onto their limb differences. Before they left the Fabrilab Saturday afternoon, they had their first round of prototypes!
The kids got to brainstorm creativity using games and fun. Each workshop participant picked two ideas they were most excited about and we did a Musical Chairs Brainstorm (the table covered with crazy drawings). We talked about the different ideas, and then everyone jumped into their individual projects for the rest of the day.
The kids were challenged to think through their ideas and then narrow it down to one so they could start building a prototype.
After some time, the kids started 3D modeling using Tinkercad. They learned the basics and spent some time getting comfortable with the program. All of the kids were excited about 3D modeling and making physical prototypes of their ideas. The kids have developed fun concepts:
- A rocket ship (arm) that lights up and looks super cool.
- An arm shield that can velcro on and off easily and lights up.
- Light-up spinning “saw blades” that can be worn on the wrist.
- A full body costume with 3D modeled medallions.
At the end of the day, there was an epic battle between all of our participants and a facilitator. The kids also gave a brief presentation of their prototypes that they made before going home for the week.
The kids make a grand return to the Fabrilab TOMORROW (February 23rd) to finalize their prototypes. We are so proud of their hard work and we can’t wait to see what they present at the end of the two-day experience.