We are proud to relaunch Learning with Balsa, Auszac’s hands on learning educational brand.
With this new page, we’ve made it easier for you to find, view and get instructions on how to make Learning with Balsa’s (LWB) educational range. The new page includes our short and easy to use (if a little quirky) instructional videos to help you and your students understand how Learning with Balsa models go together. Use these videos to fully engage your students in lessons.
Teachers and students have known about Learning With Balsa for more than five years. Since our launch, hundreds of awesome models have been measured, cut, sanded, glued, painted and displayed in Schools, OSHCs and Scout Groups around Australia.
Learning with Balsa’s Humble Beginnings
In 2012 we joined with Alan Parker, a school deputy principal and hands on learning advocate, to design Learning With Balsa models to help engage students with the curriculum. Alan had experienced years of success teaching students to use fine motor skills and visualisation techniques to make balsa ships (the first fleet) and planes (early transport) just to name a few.
“They have a wide variety of pre-cut balsa kits, ideal for providing “hands on reality” to students in many curriculum areas. [Learning with Balsa] pre-cut kits still offer the opportunity to design and create, and, as I can still attest, give great satisfaction to each student,” said Alan.
The range now covers more than a dozen models and there are more on the drawing board.
One teacher from Western Australia, who had 45 students looking at mechanical movement, asked us to come up with a billy cart model that was easy to make and didn’t have too many parts. It’s now been included in the range of LWB models and has gone on to be one of our most popular designs.
We were able to collaborate with him over a few emails and photographs to materialise exactly what he had in mind.
What is Learning with Balsa?
Learning with Balsa is aimed at classes looking for a more sensory immersive experience while attempting to engage all students in the classroom. Our goal is to engage students who have a negative learning experience due to their personal learning style or ability.
We have been inspired by you, your students and educators such as Bev Bos Rudolf Steiner Maria Montessori Reggio Emilia and the Scout Movement with a common thread in their philosophy that “children learn by doing”.
Image Source: http://inachildspath.com/activities-for-kids/bev-bos/
Learning with Balsa Models and Teaching Aids are available from Balsa Central.