A super cool explorers kit made in Guadua ( Bamboo)
By: Mauricio Issa / Daniela Sanchez
Gus is an exploration kit for kids made in Guadua, a type of Bamboo that grows in Colombia, South America.
Bamboo is one of the world’s most sustainable resources, of out more than 1000 species, Colombia has over 100, being one of them Guadua (Angustifolia kunth). It is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. It can be harvested annually and will then regenerate itself from the roots, replacing the crop naturally without the need for replanting or crop rotation. Because bamboo is a grass and not a tree, it can grow a full meter a day and fast maturing, after about 3 or 6 years, depending on the species. Its tensile strength makes it a good construction material, and it is also used for furniture, flooring and textiles, among other things.
So, how do we take advantage of the plant to make sustainable products, but at the same time deliver an ecological message? The solution. Creating something to teach and interact with the nature, especially for kids. We selected the range between 3 – 5 years old because at this point most children have covered the areas of mobility, gaming, speech, conduct and they are starting to learn and wonder more about their surroundings. The idea is to aim against sedentarism and loneliness that a digital world creates and bring back the basics of interacting and learning directly from nature taking advantage of 3 basic concepts : Exploration, Observation and Recollection.
GUS is an interactive approach to truly “interact” with nature, elements such a shovel, small rake, a magnifying glass with multiple colored filters and a coloring note book to register findings among other elements, allowing the kid to create a real bond with nature. It was designed to take advantage of flexible manufacturing processes such as CNC cut and 3D machining. All the plastic parts are 3D printed in PLA, a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable resources such as corn or sugar cane. These combination of manufacturing processes allow individual customization in colors and some details of the product.