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An image of a partially constructed Tectonic Toy Dragonfly showing the gears and pivot points. The image is overlaid with arrows indicated the different directions of motion caused from the interconnected gears

How toys can be educational

Three engineering systems in Tectonic Toys that facilitate STEaM education STEaM is an approach to education which integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics for guiding a student's inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The process is for a student to engage in observation, questioning, self-guided discovery, problem-solving, and synthesis into a creative process. Although STEaM is generally a curriculum within a classroom, we believe that toys at home can promote this type of education without having to be a formal teaching instrument. Tectonic Toys are a fun way to promote education and discovery surrounding different engineering systems, each allowing multiple levels of questioning,...

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An image showing the Salt Lake City and County Building in the background and a travel sketch by Eric Jacoby of the same composition

A Step By Step Approach for Making a Travel Sketch

Sketching is a deep part of me - as essential to myself as my right hand. Not many people see my sketchbooks, but once in a while someone will one and ask for pointers or drawing lessons. This blog post is a travel sketch lesson and case study I did as a tourist in my own hometown - a step by step instructional documentation of my sketch process for a building I’ve been meaning to sketch for years....
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Newer Is Sometimes Better

Newer Is Sometimes Better

One of my late architecture professors, Gordon Hashimoto, often said “it is inherent in all things that they will deteriorate” I can’t argue against Gordon’s statement, but my philosophy is to try to make things last as long as possible. I do this by investing in high quality products that are durable and have the capacity for maintenance. I also spend a great deal of effort trying to fix broken objects. I’m pretty good at it too. To Gordon’s point, there is inevitably the moment when I realize something is beyond repair. . .
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