Traditional classroom systems, especially during the early years, may seem daunting and uninteresting to some students. However, it's always a good thing when teachers get creative in their lessons especially when they incorporate stuff that young people love into the classroom.
This is precisely what a primary school teacher from the UK has proven after taking the Nintendo Labo into his classroom as a fun way to teach math, science, and design. Chris McGivern, a Year 6 teacher at Southgate Primary School in Crawley, designed a lesson that incorporates Nintendo’s cardboard invention to spice up the curriculum innovatively and engagingly.
McGivern’s students were tasked to build a Toy-Con RC Car straight from the box, where the kids had to figure out a way to customize and figure out the correct vibration frequencies to move the RC car, which tests their design, creativity, and scientific skills.
“Nintendo Labo is a fun and creative way to access the curriculum,” McGivern explained to BT. “The children’s enthusiasm for the product is just the first step. Then it’s encouraging collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and ultimately the testing of them.”
This example as demonstrated by McGivern is a testament to what the Nintendo Labo can do beyond fun and games. During its pre-launch, Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aimé talked about how the company aims to reach a broader set of audience with the Labo, and the product’s potential as an educational tool might be an opportunity that Nintendo can pursue in the future.