Qboidz Building System
One of the main reasons behind the inception of “QBOIDZ” was the inability of children under the age of 6 to linearly assemble the “Classic” ENGINO ® components. Extensive research with cognitive psychologists and developmental experts showed that children of the younger age of 2-5, do not have adequate skills for a two-step side-lateral connection and neither the abstract reasoning to comprehend it.
An innovative solution was developed in 2016 by designing a new type of “end-receptor”, a joint that would allow direct linear assembly with a single, one-step snap action. The new system became an immediate success, enabling children even from the age of 3 to achieve the ENGINO® snap-fit connection!
Together with these rods, a library of cubic blocks has been developed. Like most traditional large-scale brick systems, kids could stack one block over the other. The cubic shape also inspired the name “QBOIDZ”!
What differentiates “Qboidz” blocks from any other bricks is the incorporation of the original ENGINO® snap-fit geometries on the cube’s body! By selectively embedding the ENGINO® bi-directional receptors and the mushroom shaped plugs on the block’s sides, the possibility to connect rods onto blocks became a reality.
Our QBOIDZ system is perhaps the only constructional toy that grows with the child, respecting his or her needs at every stage of their development, from the age of 3 to 6. Our theory which concurs with latest neurological research- is that by playing with blocks signals are sent to the brain and activate a particular area of it which relates to spatial perception and three-dimensional thinking. By stacking bricks, one section of this area is activated, while more and more neurons are stimulated as children play and reconfigure their blocks.
At the age of 2 to 3, stacking bricks is one of the healthiest forms of play for kids. However, as they grow older, different levels of stimuli are needed to enhance their spatial perception. Traditional bricks only allow stacking limiting brain activation to the particular region only. However, with QBOIDZ, side building is possible which adds complexity in the creative process. This complexity activates adjacent neurons not previously triggered and create new neuron connections called synapses.
There are critical periods during a child’s development which favor specific neural connections. At the age of Junior Engineers, these brain cell synapses are permanent, much like when learning our first language. By engaging the child in a more complex constructional play, it is possible to establish such new neuro pathways which relate not only to Spatial awareness but also to Engineering Creativity and Innovative thinking. At ENGINO ® research center we call these stages Levels of Dimensional Thinking™ .
1st Level: Stacking blocks vertically
One-dimensional Thinking™ Connect the Qboidz blocks sideways to explore the 3D space, increasing building complexity while further developing hand-eye coordination, dexterity skills and spatial perception.
2nd Level: Connecting blocks to the side
Two-dimensional Thinking™ Connect the Qboidz blocks sideways to explore the 3D space, increasing building complexity while further developing hand-eye coordination, dexterity skills and spatial perception.
3rd Level: Combining blocks with beams
Three-dimensional Thinking™ The next step is to fine tune the skills acquired in the previous level. Qboidz blocks can connect to a range of beams designed with a plethora of male and female connecting nodes in order to allow for more detailed constructions. These beams require a higher force of assembly, challenging older preschool children.
4th Level: Compatible with Engino Toy system
Forth-dimensional Thinking™ The Qboidz parts, both blocks and beams, have embedded in their design the same geometries as the standard ENGINO® system that is suitable for older children, aged 6+. This ensures a smooth transition from one level to the next and enables full compatibility between a wide library of parts. By allowing growing children to combine these parts they can create more complex technical models.
5th Level: Compatible with robotic parts
Fifth-dimensional Thinking™ There are three generations of construction toys. The 1st was that of building simple models. It followed with the inclusion of mechanical elements that added motion, manual or motorized. New technologies shifted our world into the 3rd generation of robotized constructions. The compatibility of the Qboidz system with ENGINO® extends to programmable controllers and sensors! This step into technology helps students acquire 21st century skills and learning coding and STEM through interdisciplinary engineering challenges.