My Kawaii Creatures

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Projects

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Created by: Kanon Nakajima '23, A'di Dust '23, Ifraah Dhegadub '23, Jordanella Maluka Chagiye Mpoyo '23, Lucy Tran '23

We hope to design a toy to help children, primarily girls between the ages of 2 to 5, develop spatial skills from an early age, making them more confident and prepared in STEM in the future. Statistics show that girls are at a disadvantage when they start their STEM careers due to underdeveloped spatials skills which studies have shown is a key to success in these fields.

 We have modelled a prototype, found the materials necessary, tried it out on a small focus group and calculated the cost. Our budget is twenty-five toys that cost 40 dollars to make and forty dollars per play session, hosted to gather data on kids’ reactions to the toys. Our next goal would be to modify the product design and produce the actual toy through 3D printing. 

 Before January the 23rd, we are aiming to have our research plan outlined and detailed and a few prototypes designed and produced. Prototype making and our research will be completed by May 12th. During the summer, we are planning to market our idea and apply for grants, with the Masason foundation as a potential resource. We live in different countries and are excited to find a variety of collaborators across our home countries as well.

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