Kidesign is an educational organisation based in London, UK, specialising in creative curriculum materials for 3D design and 3D printing projects. Since 2010 they have been running workshops which hone children’s creative and practical skills. In 2015 they launched Kideville: a city design project for children, who design and plan their own sustainable island using 3D design software and 3D printers.
Kideville is a sustainable city design project, where much like in a game, each student is assigned a creative mission that takes them through a full design and project management process. The teacher curates this journey, which includes research, ideation, sketching, technical drawing, CAD modeling, 3D printing and presenting, keeping a balance of individual project development and group teamwork. The process constantly switches between digital and analogue tasks, allowing students to convert ideas from their minds into digital designs and then physical models.
Our curriculum learning materials are filled with lesson plans, activities and 20+ instructional videos, which help educators guide their students though the design process. 3D design can be a hard subject to teach, but it is a crucial one to sustain the quality of modern education. Our curriculum was designed by academics and tested with children of different ages to find the best learning methods.
The Kideville curriculum kit enable educators to carry out 14 effective lessons without investing hours into preparation. We are delivering the value of years of on-site academic research, and the security of an effective teaching plan, all into a purchasable solution.
The starter kit for 12 students includes a Kideville ocean board (70x50cm), teacher's handbook, 14 x lesson plans for a term-long project, 20 x instructional videos, digital pack with 3D CAD files and 12 x student packs (12 x portfolios, 12 x brief cards, 36 x island tiles, 12 x houses).
Starter kits are available in various sizes (12, 18, 24, 30, 36 students) and expansion packs (3 students) can be purchased separately.
“Lots of secondary schools have machines (but have limited ideas of how to use it with younger students)... so a Kideville pack is perfect for these”. Dave White, Head of DT.
“Taking in consideration that students have no background about 3d printing or 3d design, Kideville was a great product that introduces them to the fundamentals of 3d design and the engineering design process. Students should work collaboratively to accomplish the project but at the same time each has their own role to achieve within the project“. Samia Mohamed, Teacher