BigShot Camera: DIY Fun For Kids

[Via Design Sojourn]

As much as I like taking stuff apart, there’s nothing cooler than building your very own gadget. The BigShot is a build-it-yourself digital camera kit that has adjustable lenses, gears and dynamo (the camera is powered with a hand crank), to teach kids about optics, mechanics and energy.

Designed by Shree Nayar, Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, and several of his Columbia graduate students, the BigShot offers kids (ages 8 to 14) an opportunity to learn first-hand about a wide variety of science and engineering concepts that make the camera possible. Their web site offers a wealth of goodies to explore for young and old alike.

Bringing his project to life was truly a collaborative process. Design partners included industrial design firm Datum3D and the injection molded components were produced by Protomold.

[Read more: Fast Company article and Change Observer article.]

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