Nintendo brings Labo to the classroom
Video game company's toy-video game hybrid brings fun to to curriculum-focused lessons
Nintendo has brought its brand new tech enabled interactive experience, Nintendo Labo, to the classroom for the very first time at Southgate Primary School in London on Thursday 21 June.
A class of 30 children, aged between 10 and 11 years old, along with parents, took part in the class taken by school teacher Chris McGivern where they learned the educational, family, and off-screen benefits of Nintendo Labo. Through a fun, play-based learning activity Chris demonstrated how Nintendo Labo can stimulate a child’s creative side and complement the school’s curriculum in a variety of ways.
He demonstrated this through a curriculum-focused lesson plan, which included: using mathematical knowledge to ascertain position, direction, and movement of Nintendo LaboRC cars; exploring the technology behind Labo’s interaction with the Nintendo Switch; and using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of their Toy-Cons.
“Nintendo Labo is a fun and creative way to access the curriculum," said Chris. "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.”
Throughout the lesson, pupils were able to demonstrate skills in core curriculum subjects – from designing and getting creative with their Nintendo Labo RC cars, to the science of using different rumble frequencies to establish the best option for stability and speed.
Nintendo Labo, which was released in the UK on 27 April, together with the Nintendo Switch console, provides the tools and technology to make fun DIY creations to play games with, and discover how Nintendo Switch technology turns ideas into reality. Nintendo Labo is available in two kits: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. Both kits include everything you need to bring your Toy-Con to life, including the building materials and relevant Nintendo Switch software.