The Nintendo Labo might seem like a toy at first glance, but as is the case with most gadgets, how you use it is up to you. For example while the Labo has been used for gaming purposes, we’ve also seen it used for non-gaming purposes, and that’s exactly what Chris McGivern is doing.

McGivern is a Year 6 teacher over at Southgate Primary School in Crawley, England, and he has taken it upon himself to introduce the Labo to his lessons. One of the lessons he used involved getting students to build the remote control car Toy-Con using flatpack cardboard sheets, and later asked to customize them in a way that would allow it to carry a biscuit on its back between two points.

According to McGivern, the use of the Labo helps him cover several skills at once, such as design, creativity, and also allowing students to figure out the right vibration frequencies to set the Joy-Cons that would allow it to move the car. “Nintendo Labo is a fun and creative way to access the curriculum. The magic of Nintendo Labo is matching a product with the opportunity to make, play and discover, in such an imaginative way – and 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.”

No doubt that this is a very interesting approach, and definitely not the first time we’re seeing tech being introduced to the classroom.

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