3D Shapes for Spatial Development
According to the Education Resources Information Center many early childhood teachers do not address spatial skill development in the classroom. Spatial skills involve the recognition and understanding of 3D shapes and this set of skills is linked to achievement and attainment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). I am addressing the lack of spatial skill instruction in early childhood classrooms through a physical product I have called Stackablz. Stackablz are 3D puzzles for children ages 3 and 4 intended to address cross-sectional spatial skills, an area unexplored by current educational toys and games. To use Stackablz a child is presented with non-obvious slices and has to determine how to reassemble them to create a final 3D shape. I am using my time in LaunchBayC to improve my prototypes and develop a viable manufacturing plan for Stackablz.