This week, we had the pleasure of visiting a local secondary school and trying out Simbrix on a group of teenagers. Through the many events that we have attended, we’ve generally had a positive reception from children and adults alike. Working with teenagers on the other hand – we would be lying if we said we weren’t sure what the reception would be like!
Thankfully, we had nothing to worry about and it was really amazing to see the pupils from Year 7 right through to the sixth form really engaging with Simbrix. One boy noted: ‘I think that it’s clever and good because it gets people away from playing on computer.” This comment really stood out to us, because it shows that Simbrix allows creativity and fun to flourish in a practical environment, and that children still enjoy building and designing things in a more old fashioned way, with their hands. Another observed how using Simbrix got them thinking about things like the number of bricks they’d need for their desired design and how to connect the bricks to get particular patterns, which demonstrates that Simbrix can aid problem solving and maths skills.
The pupils were also really valuable in helping us to make Simbrix better and suggested lots of ideas so that we can improve Simbrix, and make the best product possible. We definitely have some very creative and talented people on our hands! The students got through lots of different designs including the pupil’s own names, a tractor, Thor’s hammer (a personal favorite), and a duck to name but a few. In fact, by the end of the session, the teachers had to actively force some of the pupils out of the classroom and on to their next lesson!