Gallery: Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda

 

Design nonprofit Project H has completed the construction of their first Learning Landscape, a playground that teaches elementary math concepts using ten interactive games. Built from reclaimed tires in a simple sandbox structure, the pilot installation was built at the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in southern Uganda by Project H design fellows Dan Grossman and Heleen de Goey. The grid system facilitates games that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, along with spatial and logical reasoning. The Kutamba installation is the first of many – Project H hopes to build at least 5 more in Africa and in the US. Please help fund the construction of additional Learning Landscapes by donating to Project H here.

Designed by a group of Project H volunteer designers, the Learning Landscape is a scalable grid-based system for elementary math education. Using the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in southern Uganda as a case study and a pilot program, industrial designers Heleen de Goey, Dan Grossman, Kristina Drury, Neha Thatte, and Ilona de Jongh conceived of ten math games to be played within a grid. Because math is universal, the system can be applied in any country, using any language for instruction, and can be tailored to a range of skill levels.

The Kutamba AIDS Orphans School, built by Matthew Miller in partnership with Architecture for Humanity, served as the case study and initial pilot installation of a playground-sized version of the system. The four-by-four grid was constructed using reclaimed tires, and a simple sand box structure. Each of the tires marks a point on the grid, and can also be used as outdoor classroom space when coupled with the integrated bench system. Numbers can be written directly onto the tires with chalk for game play.

The ten games teach concepts including addition, subtraction, multiplicaiton, and division, as well as spatial and logical reasoning through individual and team-based competition. In Match Me, for example, students form two teams. The teacher calls out a math equation, and one student from each team compete against each other to solve the equation, then locate the tire with that number on it, sitting atop the correct tire. The team member who finds the tire first returns to the team’s line. The team with whose players remain in the line the longest wins.

The Learning Landscape, though realized as a playground in its pilot installation, is a universal system that can be used at a variety of scales. Project H has continued its adaptation of the system, developing a product-sized version for in-classroom tabletop use based on the same grid games. The systems-approach, rather than object-approach, lends itself to a solution that is both universal and adaptable for specific contexts.

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  1. Phuong Le December 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Project H has continued its adaptation of the system, developing a product-sized version for in-classroom tabletop use based on the same grid games. The systems-approach, rather than object-approach, lends itself to a solution that is both universal and adaptable for specific contexts.

  2. sentority Sentority December 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    studying with performs really does perform, keep it up!

  3. allentan October 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I like this project H ideas…

  4. Lion Marasco August 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    That’s a great idea, and very fun for childred that will learn lot of things just playing, wish you the best for this project!

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  5. RetBranche.com August 8, 2013 at 2:35 am

    learning with plays really does work, keep it up!

  6. kerjawa December 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning.

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  7. hotlajn March 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    great stuffs here nice!

  8. xanderman78 September 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I really see this as a meaningful exercise and the children indeed could learn and play at the same time.

  9. Curt Schnepf July 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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  10. Kindall May 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    That’s actually a very fascinating way to teach. It’s also a great way to ensure the kids pay attention and remember what they’ve been taught.

  11. karolinaprajekti May 9, 2011 at 8:05 am

    This is an excellent idea. Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning. This learning center looks like a lot of fun.

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  12. Tamalkrishna April 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    this is great especially consindering that in uganda kids are expected to be in class almost everytime. thanks for making them creative.

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  13. readybride March 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

    That post just warms my heart!

  14. Tony Electric Shaver Cigo November 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    It is great to see that there are people in the world willing to do some good for those less fortunate.

  15. Seb August 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I have just discovered this site. What a great idea to help those kids learn. I just despair sometimes when I see all the problems in Africa. I just read that the LRA is stepping up it’s activites again. Why can’t something be done about them? Hopefully those little kids don’t live in an area near that is dangerous.

  16. jinalife March 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Hi.. My self Jacqueline Pigdon…..Thats excellent. Children would be very happy for this…..

  17. terroasibal March 19, 2010 at 4:29 am

    i like your article ..thanks very glading

  18. dddougal March 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Looks great. Glad to see there is actually something being built.

  19. andybppc February 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    This is a very createive the way they do things there. kids will gain and prosper a ton from such outdoor activties.
    Thank you for sharing, I’m glad those kids have something to count on.

  20. LinkedIn Marketing Stra... February 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thats excellent. Children would be very happy for this.

  21. Lottery Syndicate February 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thats a brilliant way of helping them learn!

  22. watchweeds January 31, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Thanks to those who made it possible for these children to have something to look at in life. Continue the great work…

  23. Thyromine January 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    That is nice to see, especially considering that Unganda has had such as hard time over the recent years. It is nice to see these kids smiling. The playground is a cool project also.

  24. cleansingdiet January 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks to those who made it possible for these children to have something to look at in life. Continue the great work…

  25. Blockbuster January 11, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I read your posts.Your post is amazing and full of good information.
    Thanks for sharing knowledgeable information with us.

  26. cybermikey January 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I hope things can get better in Uganda through this young generation.

  27. what attracts women guru December 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    great article. This is a fantastic idea to help enhance learning through play and fun. Good on you guys

  28. web development company... December 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    tht was interesting article . Thanks

  29. joannarose27 December 1, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Wow this is really an innovative way of teaching these students, nice work I must say…

  30. Reise Abenteuer November 23, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Its also a great way for children to learn something new!!!!

  31. Liquidmind November 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    This is an excellent idea. Integrating learning with play is important

  32. alexkemp November 18, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Great program. Always nice to something nice for the kids.

  33. Morgan180807 November 16, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Thanks to those who made it possible for these children to have something to look at in life. Continue the great work…

  34. Rjoahn November 15, 2009 at 7:59 am

    This look so awsome .. and it’s something new! :-) the children look very happy.

  35. asfsaef November 14, 2009 at 5:40 am

    this is so great for the children, hooray for tires in desert, it looks like so much fun!

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  36. Jhdearing November 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

    It is great to see something that can bring some measure of joy to children that dont have that much to begin with. Little things can mean a lot to these kids…

  37. Free-Energy-Guy November 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

    This is an excellent idea, really amazing. Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning. This learning center looks like a lot of fun, we all shall support them.

  38. luringen November 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Nice project. But then comes the question; will the rebels be able to leave it alone…?

  39. makemyday November 8, 2009 at 8:14 am

    What small things mnake a difference in life. Truly amazing.

  40. aqorreje November 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    It is amazing to see that something that we take for granted over here like old rubber tires, can mean so much to others in other parts of the world. keep up your good work that you are doing. You are a blessing to the world.

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  41. Belinda November 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

    This is really a very intersting and creative way of making children learn along with fun.

  42. Hurley October 24, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Great example of edutainment. Having fun in the learning place is what will keep kids interested and willing to learn.

  43. webgirl October 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    terrific project. This is a great idea.

  44. faredog October 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    A great project all around.

  45. apez October 21, 2009 at 1:25 am

    What a great thing to do for the kids and its great how they are able to use it as a playground as well as learn math.

  46. swatbolish October 17, 2009 at 2:27 am

    It is an excellent way for kids.

  47. aballeightae October 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

    They should really change the uniform tho, i donno why but it remembers me of my time in prison

  48. Worktop-Man October 7, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Good stuff, Great for the children

  49. bobsaher October 6, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Pretty fun activity. Very interactive learning procedure..like integrating play with learning.
    Children will have balance of both world of fun & learning.
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  50. billedwards27 September 8, 2009 at 6:19 am

    I think that children in other countries could use this as well.

  51. TKA September 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I think that children in other countries could use this as well.

  52. zain August 29, 2009 at 3:09 am

    i think its a project worth appreciating and putting a lot of effort in.benefits of resveratrol

  53. zain August 29, 2009 at 3:06 am

    this seems to be an excellent idea, excellent for children as it promotes learning along with fun, i think all this is fascinating,efforts should be done to provide as much information as we can to people who are interested.

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    What a fantastic project.

  55. billedwards27 August 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

    This is an excellent idea. Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning.
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  56. nioxin August 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    This is an awesome way for these kids to learn! Kudos for Project H, what an amazing concept and a good deed for these children.

  57. Find Personal Injury La... July 28, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    What a great thing to do for the kids and its great how they are able to use it as a playground as well as learn math.

  58. norris July 22, 2009 at 4:25 am

    This is such a great project for these kinds.

  59. andy07 July 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    this is a meaningful exercise – I hope the children learn from this.

  60. bataspur July 11, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Great – I believe this helps the children a lot. Keep up the initiative.

  61. ShakeraSelman July 7, 2009 at 2:37 am

    This is an excellent idea. Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning. This learning center looks like a lot of fun.

  62. Audemars Piguet July 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

    hands down to these people who shares their blessing with these children.

  63. Audemars Piguet July 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I really see this as a meaningful exercise and the children indeed could learn and play at the same time

  64. regcure July 2, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Very interesting. First time i have seen this type of creative study. You people are doing a great job.

  65. fluffyman19 June 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I really see this as a meaningful exercise and the children indeed could learn and play at the same time.

  66. christopher June 16, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    hands down to these people who shares their blessing with these children.

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  67. bbq grills May 23, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Learning and fun at the same time. Great idea. Keep it up. you are doing great job.

  68. fantomknight10 May 21, 2009 at 4:21 am

    very createive the way we do things here. kids will gain and prosper a ton from such outdoor activties.
    Thank you for sharing,

  69. LBS May 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    This is an awesome way for these kids to learn! Kudos for Project H, what an amazing concept and a good deed for these children.

  70. Elder Abuse May 12, 2009 at 2:55 am

    This is such an absolutely beautiful design. I just checked to see when the next time you will be in Southern California. It looks like July 9. Unfortunately, I won’t be here on that day. :(

  71. Cheap Sewing Machines May 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    What a great idea!

  72. CaseyRaw April 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Great stuff!

  73. CaseyRaw April 27, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Great stuff. I love the benches!!

    It’s so difficult to just watch the poverty across the world. I’m happy more and more people are doing something about it!

  74. Article Directory April 23, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Its also a great way for children to learn something new.

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  75. Article Directory April 23, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Thats excellent. Children would be very happy for this.

  76. LauraWhite April 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

    very cool. our school just raised enough money to help build a school somewhere in Uganda. the goal was $7500 and it took 3 days to raise it. i am pretty involved with helping African refugees here (in Idaho).

  77. Cruttera April 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

    This is great, those children really need this.

  78. mirian March 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    this is great especially consindering that in uganda kids are expected to be in class almost everytime. thanks for making them creative.

  79. DanielSteven March 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I see this as a meaningful exercise and the children indeed could learn and play at the same time.

  80. AngelaE8654 AngelaE8654 February 11, 2009 at 1:55 am

    This is an excellent idea. Integrating learning with play is something that really enhances learning. This learning center looks like a lot of fun.

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