On May 9, 2011 we had our final presentation at the Design Factory, together with the other 4 groups. Our group met the day before to finalize things, and we also met in the morning of the 9th and rehearsed the whole presentation. This helped a lot, as it went quite smoothly. At the beginning, we presented the raw materials and parts we were using, then we built the Triple Spinner during the presentation while we took turns speaking. This worked out quite well and resulted in an element of surprise, as the audience was wondering what we were building.
We got some good questions and feedback at the end. One classmate suggested contacting a bottle manufacturer to see if they could produce the bottles such that they could be attached together at the bottom. This would make it really easy to make a building toy out of them. There were still some concerns about the metal hook connectors, though from the 2nd user test it seems that these should be o.k. for ages 5+. For ages 2+, the toy should be limited to the spinners and basic bottle units (node+bottles) without the connectors.
We have submitted our Final Report and Instruction Manual to Belaku Trust, and we hope they find it useful. We are eagerly awaiting any feedback they provide.
Overall, it was a fun project and a great learning experience. Special thanks to:
- Mari, who helped us stay organized and kept us going throughout the project
- Kavita, for helping to kick-start the project and providing a lot of good information, resources and suggestions
- Matleena, Olli, Ulla and Paula for running the course
- Tomi, for running the first user test with his kids
- Paula and the people at Arkki for making the 2nd user test possible
- our Gurus for taking the time to meet with us and for providing their expert advice: Outi Ugas, Lilli Mäkelä, Yasmin Hämäläinen, Minna and Manzoor, and Eija Oksanen, Miriam Azar and Raisa Sulamaa from UNICEF
- and Janne, for saving all those Pommac bottles!