Product 2 

ArtCenter 

Spring 2017

14 Weeks

An Origami themed seeding and planting kit. 

Fold and Grow

Origro can be folded as young as you can fold a piece of paper. The product grows with the child, and more complex creations are available. 

Ages

3+

5+

7+

9+

Family of Products

Origro exists as a family of products. The complexity of folding and instructions grows with the child, so there are always new and interesting challenges to solve. 

Product Features

Process Overview

Problem 

Children developing in urban areas often lack exposure to nature / green spaces.

How Might We...

Get children with limited resources involved in growing plants?

Research

Child

Development

Problem Solving

Motor Skills

Care Taking

Phytophilia

Enhanced Mood

Positive Thinking

School Budget

Many schools struggle to support extracurricular activities

Observation

Origami Skills

Origami increases hand-eye coordination/learning development

Low Budget

School systems have a small budget

Lack of Greenspace 

Low income demographic have less access to greenspace 

KEY Insight

Learning Through Origami

Introducing origami to children will stimulate their cognitive skills

Making it Available

Creating a product that works within the schools budget/funding

Growing Inside and Outside

An inclass experience doesn’t require outdoor resources

Product Feature

STEAM Product

Child development

Motor skills

Problem solving

Grow Anywhere

Product that exists inside and outside

Affordable

Available in retail stores, easy, low shipping costs 

UPCYCLING

I wanted to start simple. I started by upcycling, the act of recycling materials to serve an additional purpose. To prove concept quick, cheap and simple. 

RAPID PROTOTYPING

After experimenting with materials, I began to lasercut various patterns to discover what was fun and easy to fold.

RAPID PROTOTYPING

After experimenting with materials, I began to lasercut various patterns to discover what was fun and easy to fold.

Tough Decisions

After discovering the benefits of polypropylene (cheap and durable), I had to weigh the benefits of having something long lasting and durable, vs having something semi-durable, but 100% biodegradable. 

I ditched the polypropylene, and stuck with the recycled wood fiber.

Field testing

I took the most promising samples and put them through the rigorous working that most planting things go through, testing things such as drainage and soil retention.