South Africa is buzzing: these students bring their ideas to life

The Battle Bot, Darth Vader Rugby, and Magic Booshelf! The primary school students participating in MyMachine South Africa, have spoken! These design briefs have been given to 3rd year Industrial Design students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) who are now designing a concept.

Some amazing Dream Machines were invented, like The Battle Bot, which is a four-player game, two kids against two kids. Each pair will receive a vest and a Nerf gun with velcro Nerf bullets. One will push the cart while the other sits and aims at the opposite teams vests and cart. The Magic Bookshelf creates an interactive and captivating reading experience for primary school children. The bookshelf design incorporated an inviting aesthetic, featuring bright colours and playful patterns to cater to young learners. And The Darth Vader Rugby is a playing buddy to play rugby with.

The child-inventors are involved in the following weeks of the design and production of the working prototypes of these Dream Machines.

Thank you so much to all the students and educators involved! And to our amazing MyMachine South Africa team at Open Design Afrika and The Initiative for Community Advancement!