Honeycomb tables for educational spurts #Beeniusprototyping

Beenius can generate countless ideas. It is a great tool for producing prototypes. For example, for hexagonal tables that could bring a lot of momentum to the global education landscape. We once designed such a honeycomb table with Beenius.

Design is a really important thing. Depending on how much you predefine and design a room, the options for action change dramatically. In schools, children actually need a lot of space. Movement helps with learning, but many schools around the world still look like they did 200 years ago. Lots of desks are arranged in rows, all facing forward at the supposedly all-knowing teacher.

What if the tables were hexagonal instead, like a honeycomb?

6 reasons why hexagonal tables are a hit:

  1. Promote communication : Hexagonal tables allow all participants to see each other directly, facilitating interaction and the exchange of ideas.
  2. Flexibility : They can be easily combined into larger units, allowing for different group work areas or uses.
  3. Efficient use of space : Hexagonal tables make better use of the available space than rectangular tables because they can be joined together to save space.
  4. Ergonomic design : They provide enough space for each participant to work comfortably and distribute materials, increasing productivity.
  5. Creative support : The unconventional format stimulates creative thinking and encourages participants to break out of their usual perspectives.
  6. Equal participation : Avoids hierarchical structures by distributing all seats equally, leading to harmonious and effective group work.

So what should the honeycomb table be able to do?

The table we have in mind should have a completely rewritable surface. That's why we're using Infinity Stonepaper, cut to size, on the table surface. It should be foldable so that the smaller honeycomb on the bottom fits into the larger honeycomb on the top and can be placed flat against the edge. This allows the tables to be moved quickly and create space. Ideally, it would be made of recycled material and affordable. The side length of the table should be around 45 cm. It should be height-adjustable so that the optimal heights for children can be set. It could also be used as a standing table, for example with telescopic rods or folding mechanisms similar to a parasol.

Implementation with upcycled “precious plastic”?

How could this model be implemented in reality? One possibility is to use recycled plastic. Precious Plastic is one of the coolest community initiatives we know. They transform collected plastic into great products. This way, the plastic is upgraded and does not end up in the environment, while at the same time completely new product innovations are created.

How great would it be if the garbage was picked up from the street, melted into the necessary shapes and then brought to schools as honeycomb tables? Win-win-win!

Idealistic? Definitely.

Doable? Hey there!

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