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Adjustable desk or adjustable me? Rubina’s standing work station

June 20th, 2012

Adjustable desks give you the option to sit or stand and are supercool. Making the desk adjustable is pretty complicated and required more time than I wanted to invest. I read something that said, “Adjust yourself.” Since I can’t stand all day, the option to sit was also a requirement. I work in a cardboard lab so it only made sense that I figure out a way to make it with cardboard.

In the above picture, the desktop is pulled out slightly to allow room for my knees when I do sit down. The pics below are of the cardboard supports I made. Check out our videos to see the techniques for creating layers of cardboard that can provide the strength to do this and how to join them together . You can also see what other resources I used here, on Delicious.


























Sae’s perch chair

June 20th, 2012

A perch chair for a child. Painted by our Artist in Residence, Sae Kimura.


Playdough Theremin

June 11th, 2012

Make music with conductive play dough. Find the recipe
and instructions for the theremin on the University of St. Thomas’ Squishy Circuits site.


The Watchers – teaching privacy literacy skills to children

May 24th, 2012

The Watchers teaches online privacy literacy skills to kids.

“Rather than teaching children to memorize ways they can avoid “stranger danger,” the game facilitates the development of autonomous privacy decision making skills.”


Sae’s rocker

May 24th, 2012

The EDGE Lab’s artist in residence makes and decorates her first rocker.


Governer General visits the EDGE Lab

May 20th, 2012

Jason Nolan, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab, presents student’s custom Adaptive Design creations to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Lloyd Johnston Governor General of Canada and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston on their visit to the EDGE Lab March 14, 2012.






























Update: Latest version of the tummy glider

May 20th, 2012

Here’s an adaptive device on wheels made to support a child’s torso and provide mobility during tummy time. The base is made of 1/8″ MDF cut using a laser cutter.


Update: After receiving feedback we made some modifications. The current version is the same width but half the height and length. We were using a soft cushion but it didn’t provide enough support. Rather than padding it more, we looked for better quality cushioning. The folks at Foamite generously donated some foam for us to try. It’s 1″, extra firm, and soy-based.

















EDGE Lab at Science Rendezvous

May 20th, 2012

Science Rendezvous is a national event dedicated to featuring scientific research happening in Canada. Ryerson University was showcased at Yonge and Dundas Square and the EDGE Lab was there.

People were able to experience the conductivity of play dough by making music with a theremin, learn some basic cardboard carpentry skills and have a tour of the adaptive devices we’ve created.

Click here to view the pics.


Melanie McBride speaks at University of Toronto’s iSchool

April 24th, 2012

EDGE Lab researcher Melanie McBride was recently invited to give a lecture at University of Toronto’s iSchool as part of their 2012 Colloquium Series. Her talk,“Beyond -fications: The hidden and null curriculum of digital learning and play” was an overview of her lab research and MA coursework on gamification and informal game-based learning under the supervision of Jason Nolan.




Cardboard Rocking Chair, Geta Chair/Autism Rocker

April 24th, 2012

Check out our videos of cardboard rocking chairs.

The first one is for a simple cardboard seat for people who like to move instead of sitting still.

This rocker can be used on the ground at circle time (for children) or on hard surface chairs for adults.

The basic design can also be adapted to use as a footrest.
Geta Chair/Autism Rocker


This chair has a clever design that keeps little fingers safe from being pinched.

Cardboard Rocking Chair