Welcome to Maker Studio, our collection of open ended construction sets designed by engineers for budding engineers.
Now through July 14th, build something awesome with Maker Studio Gears and submit it on social media @ThinkFun or @MakerBot using #KidsMakeIt. Five "Master Makers" will win 3D printer filament and 6 of ThinkFun's latest and greatest products! Want more info? Come to http://hubs.ly/y0YqYR0
Our concept is to empower you (and your kid) to more easily build your own custom designed machines to perform engineering tasks that you define.
Commercial versions of these kits sell in toy stores for $20. Here on thingiverse we are giving away our plans, instructions and assembly diagrams for free. Our inventors have already started to add custom new parts you can print. We believe in this vision - and we're thrilled to share these ideas with the thingiverse community. Please let us celebrate your machines with you, stay tuned.
ThinkFun offers three Construction Sets:
Maker Studio is built on a dream of two engineer dads who recognized that many curious kids and families need an on-ramp to jump into the Maker movement. They imagined construction kits that provide the precision engineering parts, like gears and drive train and scaffolding, leaving it to the maker to add creative flair; customizing the machine body and developing clever engineering challenges for the machines to perform. This video from David Yakos gets to the heart of their vision.
Our mission at ThinkFun is to help you develop thinking skills as you play. If you know a kid that is curious and likes to learn, you should know about us. Come visit our website to learn more!
ABOUT THE INVENTORS
Parker Thomas: has been a maker his entire life. He has built and sold two companies, co-founded a public Montessori charter school and built two airplanes. In his spare time he makes tree houses, zip lines, drones, boats, pens, knives and anything else his two kids want to make. As a child, Parker’s house was littered with the carcasses of old cameras, tape recorders, engines and dozens of other devices sacrificed in his quest to understand how things work. After building a 200 mph, two-seat, aerobatic airplane from a kit he began to understand the power of making as a learning process. This led him to create maker spaces in schools, develop curriculum for 3-D printing and ultimately to co-found a school based on the principles of Montessori, design thinking and arts integration. He’s currently a consultant helping schools and other learning organizations create maker mindsets and spaces that encourage creativity
David Yakos: Driven by creativity and a background in Mechanical Engineering, he pursued the world of consumer product design and prototyping. With an early start at the age of five, his parents set up “David’s Creative Corner” in the house which consisted of a cut-down dryer box full of empty shampoo bottles, paper tubes, popsicle sticks and other building supplies. There, with his imagination, he was able to begin his journey of design and invention. Today, David continues to develop consumer products as Director of Creativity, and Co-Owner of a product design firm called Salient Technologies Inc. He spends nearly every day of his life inventing unique solutions for everyday problems. Named on dozens of patents, he has helped develop hundreds of products for start ups and leading brands; from lines of wheelchairs for children to award-winning dog toys; from breakthrough cryogenic valve technology for NASA, to a prototype-of-the-year noted by Popular Science.
David and Parker met at the Hatch Experience and were inspired to share these kits with the world #BecauseOfHATCH