Diseño de una línea de juguetes didácticos para I y II ciclo de enseñanza
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The following project has as it´s main goal to design a series of didactic toys for the classroom which optimize the learning of children in the different levels of I and II Cycle of the Costarican teaching system. The project came up after detecting an actual shortage of these type of toys for teaching traditional subjects in schools nationwide. The first step is setting the project´s goals to then define it´s reach. Afterwards, the research phase begins where the main teaching principles and characteristics are studied as well as the national study programs to decide on the specific theme in which the project´s development will be focused. Other aspects such as target market, potential demand, user´s profile, state of the art and possible materials and transformation processes are analyzed as well, among others, to make important decisions project wise. The solution consists in a didactic toy series, concerning the specifi c subject of geometry and fractions, for kids from fi rst to sixth grade, divided in three modules which evolve along with the kids´ abilities and learning necessities. It´s an environmentally friendly and locally manufactured proposal which pretends to complement the theoretical lessons taught in the schools, looking to optimize the childrens´ learning. The idea behind it is that the use of manipulatives for teaching stimulates many skills and offers a much higher level of withholding information. The understanding of the basic principles of any subject is the key behind a long lasting and solid education.
Proyecto de Graduación (Bachillerato en Ingeniería en Diseño Industrial) Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Escuela de Ingeniería en Diseño Industrial, 2011.