The Play to Learn Lab explores the potential of video games and low cost technology for learning in Cape Town’s underprivileged communities.
In early 2014, the Play to Learn Lab (PTLL) was launched at Masiphumelele Primary school in Khayelitsha as the first project of the Learning Innovation Design Lab. PTLL is all about computer games and their potential for learning. Kids play games and learn how to design their own, getting crucial exposure to computer technology and design. So far, we converted several unused PC’s into game stations. In April, we’ll upgrade the lab with PLOXX1, an Android-based computer made from cardboard.#WDC251: The Play to Learn Lab
If you listen to the radio, or watch the news on T.V. it is obvious that the education systems in South Africa are in a state of crisis. We thought it was time to take matters into our own hands!
We formed the The Learning Innovation Design Lab so that designers, technology partners, learners and teachers could come together and explore ways we can address the educational needs of our country together using design thinking and technology.
The Play to Learn Lab is our first laboratory located at Masiphumelele Primary school in Khayelitsha and takes a rather controversial approach: we’re experimenting with digital gaming and how it can help children in underprivileged communities improve the way they learn. At the same time we are providing them with essential exposure to technology.
One of the main challenges we faced was the high price tag that comes with state-of-the-art technology. We developed PLOXX1, the android powered cardboard computer for the fraction of the price of a normal PC. PLOXX1 will provide kids with a range beautiful learning games while allowing them to be co-designers of the hardware.
Our first funding Milestone of R40 000 will allow us to fit out The Play to Learn Lab at Masiphumelele Primary School with PLOXX1 computers in order to continue our research.Milestones:Milestone 1 → We reach this Milestone and our project is a-go!Milestone 1: R40 000.00
LET’S PLAY: If we reach our first funding milestone we will be able to fit out our Lab with our innovative Android powered cardboard computers. Once we successfully reach Milestone 1, we receive R10 000.00 match-funding from World Design Capital: Cape Town 2014.Milestone 2: R120 000.00
LET’S LEARN: With even more funds, we’ll be able to employ researchers, technical support and train up a tutor from the Khayelitsha community for the rest of the year. This will ensure that the learning goals of the children are met.Milestone 3: R260 000.00
LET’S MAKE: Reaching the ultimate funding milestone would enable us to run a game design course with the children from October to December 2014 allowing children the opportunity to create their very own computer games!If you would like change the landscape of South African education, or if think having your own PLOXX1 computer would be cool, back The Learn to Play Lab!