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Kai XR Spotlight: i3 Academy & The Benefit of Virtual Makerspaces

Darryl Greene
May 8, 2023

Kai XR & i3 Academy

At Kai XR, we're always thrilled to see young minds engaged in creative problem-solving and design. Recently, we had the pleasure of working with i3 Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, where students in their elementary school program have been thriving in our virtual makerspace: Kai XR Create.

Lydia, the makerspace teacher at i3 Academy, has been instrumental in promoting creativity and innovation among her students. With our Create platform's help, she has provided her students with a safe and engaging space to experiment with design and technology.

i3 staff with Kai

We also want to send a special shout-out to Krystal, the technology administrator at i3 Academy, who has enthusiastically supported the virtual makerspace program, recognizing the value of technology in education and how it can help students develop essential skills that will serve them well in the future.

Thanks to the dedication of educators like Lydia and Krystal, the students at i3 Academy have achieved great success in our virtual makerspace. Using Create, they have designed everything from simple environments to complex urban landscapes, all while learning valuable problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

i3 Academy teacher testimonial

i3 Student Showcase

We're thrilled to share a video showcasing the excellent work of the i3 Academy students in our virtual makerspace. In the video, you'll see firsthand the creativity and innovation that has come out of this program.

We're proud to be a part of i3 Academy's commitment to providing students with cutting-edge technology and innovative educational opportunities. Congratulations to everyone at i3 Academy for their success in Create!

Interested in learning more about the impact and benefits of virtual makerspaces like Kai XR Create? Then keep reading!

The Benefits of Makerspaces

A makerspace is a collaborative environment where students can collaborate to create, invent and build. By providing tools and resources for students, a makerspace encourages them to think critically about their projects, solve problems together and learn through doing.

A virtual makerspace like Kai XR's Create platform offers an incredible array of benefits for students. By providing a safe and accessible environment for students to experiment with design and technology, virtual makerspaces promote creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills.

The Create makerspace is excellent for fostering creativity and imagination in children because they allow kids to explore different designs without any restrictions on what they can make or how they can make it. As a result, students might start with one idea but create something entirely new!

Kai XR Create
"Food World": made in Kai XR Create

So not only can students take their learning to the next level, but makerspaces are further preparing them for a future where technology and design will be critical components of success.

The Impact of Makerspaces

Virtual makerspaces are revolutionizing the way students learn and engage with technology. Kai XR's Create platform is a prime example of a virtual makerspace that allows students of all ages to explore, experiment, and collaborate with others.

Through Create, students can experience the full scope of design thinking and the engineering design process, all while developing essential skills and knowledge that will prepare them to succeed in their academic and professional careers.

Create is not only a great way to encourage students to be creative and build skills, but the virtual makerspace also positively impacts student learning and can help students develop skills in the following areas:

  1. Creativity and innovation
  2. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  3. Collaboration and teamwork
  4. Design Thinking and the engineering design process
  5. Technical skills applied in various industries, such as coding and robotics
  6. Communication and presentation skills
  7. Risk-taking and experimentation
  8. Confidence and self-esteem
  9. Adaptability and flexibility
  10. Entrepreneurial skills and mindset.

The Future of Makerspaces

The future of makerspaces is bright, and there are endless possibilities for utilizing them further in the classroom. Many schools are beginning to incorporate maker education into their curriculum because it promotes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills development through hands-on learning experiences that allow students to explore concepts through trial-and-error methods rather than just reading about them in textbooks or watching videos online.

Our Create makerspace is an ever-evolving space that you can use for many different purposes. It's a place where students can explore their creativity, learn new skills, and discover who they are as learners.

"Dino in Desert": made in Kai XR Create

Makerspaces provide opportunities for students to develop STEM skills while fostering collaboration and teamwork, encouraging students to ask questions and think critically about what they're doing, which is especially important for young learners who may need more experience with technology before entering school. Makerspaces also give teachers new ways of engaging their students in learning activities beyond traditional classroom lessons by allowing them access to fun & engaging tools & resources rooted in Next Generation Science Standards.

Virtual makerspaces, like Kai XR's Create, are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our users. The future of virtual makerspaces will continue to focus on increasing accessibility and affordability while integrating into school curriculums, creating an innovation culture within our schools where people can share ideas and learn from one another's knowledge base, moving us forward together!

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In memory of my sunshine, Ky(ra) G. Frazier. Love you to the moon and back.