A box of endless possibilities. Lightweight. Portable. Reusable. Improving almost any context.
A new learning experience that can become a game changer for millions of kids – and adults as well.
An open concept to support local economies.
Let’s find out what’s inside.
Artefacts in the Set
Beenius Infinity Wax
The magical artefact and ultimate connector. Can always be used and reused.
Sacred Art Sticks
Bamboo sticks in five different sizes that create a beautiful fit.
Sparking creativity and connection. Infinitely reusable (sticky) notes.
Enter portals into various worlds of Beenius. Reusable. Infinite notepad.
In addition to these artefacts, all sorts of items and objects can be integrated and experienced in a new way. Bottle caps, cords, magnets and whatever else you can think of or get your hands on. Treasure hunting for useful artifacts is an important part of Beenius.
The space where ideas evolve.
And a nourishing community is shaped.
Challenges and Missions
Master challenges and missions and support other players in their journeys.
Adapt and Evolve
Got inspired by a craft. Try to bring it to the next level.
Collect your real-life artefacts and see how others have used them in Beenius.
Keep track of your discoveries and see yourself evolving. Save missions and challenges to build your own journey.
You want to build something in big? Bring a discovery into reality.
While the Beenius Set is your entry point, add-ons allow for advanced learning experiences through play. Add-ons work like smartphone apps. There are digital and physical ones.
Example: Craft a movie
In this journey you will experience how you turn your ideas into a story, a story into pictures and pictures into a stop-motion movie. Become the director of your own imagination.
Requirements: Beenius Set, smartphone.
This add-on is produced on stone paper with missions and instructions printed on front pages, while being blank on the backsides. Washable backsides can therefore be used to create storyboards, notes, drawings etc.
With this add-on you are not just gaining a fruitful learning experience, but also a reusable notepad.
Join community events, host your own, include Beenius into your team experience or design and evolve spaces with the help of Beenius.
No matter where, no matter what. The Beenius Set is ideal for connecting with new people, spending evenings together with friends and family and getting to know each other from new perspectives.
Workshops and meetings can be experienced in a new dimension with Beenius. Develop ideas and workshop landscapes in a simple and playful way.
Spaces of Exploration
With the help of Beenius, new places can be playfully created with simple materials. The Beenius Set can help to design items for your space or as modeling tool. No matter whether you want to equip a new room, design a garden, set up an eco camp or a learning space.
BEENIUS is an Alchemist Hub project. The Alchemist Hub develops tools, methods, and projects that enable individuals, teams and organisations to solve challenges and take action for sustainability, well-being and better livelihoods.
With the help of 16 Challenge Pads, you are invited to discover many ways to make use of your artefacts.
While some worlds invite you to craft your own ideas for toys, games and learning experiences, others lead into the realm of stories, into nature or invite you to develop ideas for a better world.
Each Challenge Pad has an example mission to replicate.
In the app, one’s own discoveries and crafts can be shared with the swarm in order to get inspired and inspire others.
An aestetic model of a pavillon.
A contextual model to shelter guests.
What could this be used for?
A small home for the unicorn.
A curved dome model made with twigs.
A model of a yurt. Shadows can create an imagination of living in it.
Example Mission: Craft the Stardome
See some varieties of the “Craft the Stardome” mission including a Model2Reality example.
Imagine a use. For example a turtle shelter?
Build in reality (Artefacts used in example: palm fronds, plastic bottles, old inner bike tubes).
Especially in the construction world, we hope that many people in the world will turn their own modeled ideas into reality. This can be done with simple materials.
In this video you can see how a Beenius model was turned into reality in no time at all with the help of branches, plastic bottles, ropes, a mosquito net and pieces of fabric put together.
Example of a Dome in use
Dome structures can be utilized in all kinds of contexts.
Here an example from people in Nairobi/Kenya transforming a dome structure into a planetarium with big bamboo Sticks, dome connectors, a weatherproof cover and a projector. (https://travellingtelescope.co.uk/)
The simplest way to play.
Just open the box and see where things go.
Every session can bring new outcomes.
Example: A discovery session with Beenius
One player comes up with the idea to create similar shapes. Cause he wants to know what they can shape together.
A futuristic building?
A fancy tent?
The structure idea lights the spark for another player to rebuild monuments of Paris.
And starts to enlarge them on a wall with shadows.
A replica of a lamp closed the discovery journey for the evening.
We end a session wih many interesting turns.
At the end, all artefacts go back into the set. To be used for something else next time.
Imagine Cards come into play.
Just pick three cards and see what comes out.
Try to realize at least one card.
Master crafters can even try to realize all cards in one craft.
Tiny sculptures on a bottle lid.
An interesting stage.
2 in 1. Can you guess the movie? (hint: it’s about time).
Additional artefacts: Bottle lids, pieces of paper, empty shower bottle.
All in one!
A jewelery tree made with twigs, Beenius Wax, cotton band.
About the busy bees
BEENIUS is a crafting world in the making that has been co-created by educators, kids, innovators, psychologists, architects, community builders, therapists, artists and others in the Egypt, Germany and the UK.
We would love to see people around the world connecting through this beautiful experience and help the world become a better place.
Let’s bring this imagination into reality together.
Beenius Infinity Wax
Endless ways to use.
Produced by the bee. The most valuable creature on the planet.
Handle with joy and care. Don’t eat.
Easy to shape
Ultimate Artefact Connector
Can melt in the sun.
May leave stains.
Sticks to almost anything. Including dirt.
Sacred Art Sticks
375 Sticks in 5 sizes.
(3, 5, 8, 13, 21 cm)
Made from Bamboo. One of the fastest growing plants on earth.
Sacred Art Sticks love to connect with Beenius Infinity Wax.
Elegant and strong
Easy to reproduce
Can create beautiful structures
Sizes adapted from Fibonacci
Cards with imagination booster on the front.
Blank on the backside.
8 x 5 cm each to create a fit with stick sizes.
Cards made from stone paper.
Strong and stable
Can add drawings and writings to crafts
Can be integrated as surfaces to crafts
Washable and reusable (use non-permanent pen)
Turn into reusable sticky notes with Beenius Wax.
Can drive your ideas in new directions
Not reusable, if you use a pemanent pen.
Your entry point into the various worlds of Beenius.
Empty on the backside.
21 x 13 cm each to create a fit with stick sizes.
Pads are made from Stonepaper.
Strong and stable
Can be seperated
Can be used as playboards
Can be used as creative panels
Connect with wax to big creative spaces
Can be used as surface
Can be integrated into crafts
Washable and reusable (use non-permanent pen)
Not reusable, if you use a pemanent pen.
The Connection between Set and App.
The app inspires, gives food for thought and connects Beenius users all over the world. And while the app is to be constantly expanded with new useful functions, the main action will focus on solving useful mission in the several Beenius Worlds.
Here are two examples from the World of Learning.
Example 1: Learning letters
There are many ways to learn letters with the help of the artifacts in the Beenius Set
This is not only useful when teaching children letters in a playful way, but can also be of great benefit for 780 million illiterate people (13% of the world population according to UNESCO)
Letters can be crafted and turned into puzzles or word games. They can be set up, attached to the wall or integrated into structures. They can be enlarged with shadows. Washable cards and pads help in aquiring writing skills.
By combining playful and artistic elements, something as mundane and simple as learning letters can be transformed into a motivating and magical experience.
You can share your discoveries via the app to invite others to try your method as well. Maybe siblings in Tokyo, a mother with her children in Cairo, a teacher in Nairobi with her class.
Example 2: Learning languages
Learning languages can be motivating and fun. Cramming long lists of vocabulary and grammer might not.
There are many progressive and immersive ways on how learning languages can be engaging and motivating. Often it is all about finding the suitable ways that fits our individual learning styles.
In this mission, users are invited to discover several ways, on how Beenius can level up your language learning game. And share in order for others to experience as well.
Example: Crafting a windmill
How Beenius can help solving global challenges
Maybe you have seen the story about William Kamkwamba.
‘The boy who harnessed the wind’.
It’s a true story about a boy in Malawi whos village has suffered from a terrible drought which caused a massive food shortage.
William Kamkwamba (left) and Maxwell Simba on the right playing the young William together with his father played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Available on Netflix and currently on Youtube.
While the situation seemed very desperate William wanted to take an action and had a great idea.
What if he could build a windmill to power a pump that can help to bring the water back?
William had to face a lot of challenges to bring his imagination into action.
His village errupted in chaos and still he managed to create a small model (prototype) of his idea. By doing so he convinced his friends to join him on his mission.
Together they collected the necessary parts from the scrapyard.
And while being desperate about the situation, even his doubtful father started to support him.
At the end the whole village joined in.
Together they built the windmill. Water flew and crops grew.
And this is how William Kamkwamba saved his village.
The boy who harnessed the wind.
Now let’s draw a line to Beenius.
Imagine you are sitting at home and you are exploring your own way to make a windmill.
It’s actually superfun.
And now you are posting your discovery in the Beenius App.
Someone else, somewhere else picks up on your idea to evolve it to the next level.
Someone else, somewhere else decides to build in big and brings a Model2Reality.
Which could actually become a gamechanger for someone in heavy need of such a windmill. And could now build it and adapt it to their local context. Just like William Kamkwamba.
Seeds for a windmill with Beenius.
Life is a journey
We’re all here for reason, aren’t we? Do you have the feeling you are living up to your true potential? There is so much in each and every one of us. Yet, in our everyday contexts there’s little space to discover our hidden skills.
BEENIUS invites you to playfully dive into new aspects of life. Maybe you are a hidden architect, an exciting storyteller or an engineer in the making?
Let’s find out.
Learning should be fun
Let’s be honest. Most of us have struggled with the way education is presented in schools – students and teachers as well. How can we turn learning into an engaging, life-long adventure instead?
BEENIUS invites you to a new way of learning through play. Gamification is a very effective and motivational way to gain advanced learning experiences. Combining handicraft with exchange, inspiration and problem-solving, BEENIUS upgrades school lessons, home-schooling as well as leisure time and professional settings and is suitable for kids, youth and adults as well.
Users can collect and share their learning discoveries and methods through the BEENIUS App, so others can benefit as well.
Education should be fair
Let’s face it. Access to education is not fair. It depends on where you are born, how much money your parents have, how well your teachers are treated by the education system and so far and so on. And while one kid might learn in a well-equipped and progressive learning environment in a medium-sized city in Finland, another kid in rural Mali can barely learn more than the basics as it is sitting in an over-filled classroom barrack together with 90 other kids with little to no access to school material.
BEENIUS is designed as a completely reusable open-source learning experience. Versions of the BEENIUS Set can be produced locally. And even if you do not have a Set at hand, you can still access learning experiences made out of simple artefacts by and people all over the world through our app. And can you imagine kids inspiring other kids in different part of the world with their ideas?
Context is king
Context is a truly magical word. Not every solution fits for everyone. Everyone is different and everyone has their own pace and style of doing things. And a solution that works for place A can completely fail in location B. Adapting to ones context is key.
BEENIUS is highly adaptable to your context. Do you want to get to know a certain skill, learn more about a specific subject, have fun and break the ice in a group setting or get into exchange with your innermost? Due to BEENIUS’ universal application there are no limits. And if you adapt something existing to your local context, you might automatically ensure access for other people who have a similar context.
The world needs new ideas
We’re striving for a more just, sustainable world with good livelihoods for everyone. But how can we find a common understanding, an imagination of something that doesn’t exist yet? How can we create a foundation to build on and design our actions towards?
BEENIUS invites you to co-create this common understanding and to model up and share ideas that can make a difference for people and planet. And what might just seem a crazy idea you came up with in an instant, might be built upon by someone else and become a true game changer for others.
Trash is just unused material
Trash becomes trash if you don’t find a use for things anymore. Trash pollution is one of the main environmental challenges our planet is facing. And yet, so many useful things can be made from this resource.
You can integrate things you would usually dispose of into BEENIUS. Integrate those artefacts into your crafts or find ways to use them for the Model2Reality play. Our app provides an artefact inventory, so you can get inspired in what creative ways people have integrated all sorts of materials, including plastic bottles, straws, card paper etc.
The Planet needs our support
You might have heard some of the horror news about the state of our planet. By 2050 there is more plastic in our oceans than fish. Every year, we are losing forest compared to the size of Portugal. Climate change can hardly be stopped. And our soils are becoming more and more unhealthy, which makes it more difficult to feed a growing population. Yes, this stuff can be frightening.
BEENIUS is designed as a reusable set made from sustainable materials. While sticks are made from bamboo being one of the fastest growing plants, our writing material is made out of stone paper, a paper alternative made out of leftovers from limestone mining which can be washed and reused.
And last but not least…
The bee. The inventor of the beeswax. And honey. And a lot of other things.
The bee is the most valuable creature on this planet. Our plates would look very sad without bees. Yet, recent decades have been pretty difficult for them. Monocultures, pesticides, urbanisation etc. has made it harder for the bee to operate her business. And as humans mainly care about other things, this protector of the earth needs some good buzz.
The BEENIUS concept is open-source. You can find bees almost everywhere across the globe, so almost everywhere bees are producing beeswax. That’s why we intend to include beekeepers into local productions of BEENIUS, contributing to the bees well-being and supporting local economic cycles.
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