An additive system for the classroom to provide choice and comfort in an environment of learning differences. Maxstan creates a new type of space in the classroom that is left in the hands of the kids.
Our design goal was to co-create a product or a system that will enhance the learning experience at Kenneth Gordon Elementary, in North Vancouver. Working alongside students with learning differences, we aimed to discover a textile artifact/system that encourages social connection, embodied learning, and considered the individual personalities and learning preferences of the students. We explored potential improvements to the learning experience at KGMS as we are given a design opportunity to research and explore the material capabilities of textiles.
Partner: Vinco Ho, Spring 2013
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is recognized as a leader in teaching children with learning difficulties that include the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding and use of verbal and nonverbal information. These learning difficulties often affect children who otherwise demonstrate average or above-average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning. “Learning differences (LD) are neurological disorders that can make it difficult to acquire certain academic and social skills. They are not the result of poor intelligence or laziness.”
Throughout our process of co-creation sessions, we discovered that our students responded best to our activities when we were just ‘hanging out’ rather than prescribing a formal setting. This was when they seemed to thrive and get more into the activities, giving us more feedback. It was very much ‘going with the flow’ for the first meeting. This continued to work well for us and we were able to really connect with them and understand what exactly it is that they enjoy and why. We figured if we could tailor a classroom setting to be better suited towards this type of engagement, it would allow students to better engage in class, rather than focus on their standardized work settings.