About Wooderful Toy Design
Numerous cases of elementary school wood-based education are being implemented in Taiwan. However, the integration of STEAM maker education, interdisciplinary approaches, SDGs concepts, and the assessment of teaching effectiveness and research in relation to these elementary school curricula are relatively rare. This proposed project aims to span over a period of three years, focusing on the Wood Education Academy’s STEAM maker education and SDGs themed interdisciplinary teaching. The project emphasizes the concept of sustainable coexistence between forests and humans, integrating diverse instructional design principles and methods. The goal is to develop and test specific Wooderful plans and recommendations, making a contribution to future interdisciplinary integrated teaching and related research.
In the first year of the project, existing products from domestic and international markets will be collected, analyzed, and summarized. The main focus of this stage will be on design strategies, design proposals, and initial prototype production. Through literature review, qualitative research, interviews, questionnaire surveys, and other methods, opportunities for the Wood Education Academy, interdisciplinary STEAM, maker education, and SDGs teaching tools research projects will be explored. The relevance between influencing factors will be compiled and analyzed to facilitate the formulation of the second-year plan and outcome development.
In the second year of the project, activities such as material and cost assessment, prototype production, design revisions, patent applications, series product development, mass production, and marketing planning will be carried out as important objectives. The development specifications set in the first year’s research results will be confirmed, vertical integration of the industrial chain will be implemented, and horizontal assessment of field experiences will take place.
The focus of the third-year project is to establish a collaborative learning platform. Using elementary schools in the northern region as bases for Wooderful toy design instruction, at least five schools will be invited to participate in the project promotion. Collaboratively formulating teaching program processes and outcome assessment standards will enable the promotion and adaptation of comprehensive teaching plans. Active negotiations for teaching test sites and pathways will take place, with the aim of benefiting the realization of Wooderful toy design in the field of education.