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The education programme posed the question: what is the future of plastics? Children aged eight and above were given a box of Lego bricks and a card with questions.

Together with their parents and/or guardians they visited the English-language exhibition and formulated their own questions. Each answer was represented by a Lego brick, which were used to build a tower following the discussions in the exhibition.

In the Playground section of the exhibition the children and families transformed plastic cups into 3D-printed Lego bricks as part of the Perpetual Plastic Project. And on the Plastic Table they arranged various objects in terms of the amount of plastic they contain.

After exploring the possibilities of plastic, the children could make a film with their parents/guardians in the photo booth in which they presented their vision of the future of plastic.

The children could take the Lego bricks to the Deck, where they could build things with standard bricks and unique 3D-printed HNI Lego bricks based on designs in the HNI collection. On Wednesday and Sunday afternoons they had the opportunity to design with plastic and a 3D-printing pen. Each month there was a plastic workshop.

Printing LEGO blocks


During the period of the exhibition, special LEGO blocks were 3D printed in the lobby, based on drawings taken from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut.




During the period of the exhibition children could draw (under supervision) with a 3D print pen. 


How would you like to use a 3D printer in your daily life, and what would it look like? How would you make your own 3D printer?

These were the questions posed to a group of pupils from Rotterdam's Libanon College, who took part in an education pilot project at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2015.