In April 2014, architect and teacher Dolf Nijsen gave a workshop about being an architect to a class of primary school students. Part of his workshop was building a model of your own ideal school. One of the proposals the children made was a calculator classroom: the whole room was an over-sized calculator. When he showed it to us, we thought it was a brilliant and playful idea and we wanted to try it out with the class.
The aim of the workshop we did was to introduce the basics of electronic circuits as well as the attitude of hacking. We wanted to show the children that technology is open, accessible and playful. Together with industrial designer Sina Kazemi we quickly developed a prototype we could pilot. In a couple of months, Dolf returned to the same class with us to pilot the Calculator Room workshop.