Rory's Story Cubes and The Extraordinaires Design Studio at the UK Games Expo 2015

This past weekend Rory O'Connor, creator of Rory's Story Cubes visited the UK Games Expo in Birmingham.

Rory was at the Imagination Gaming Stand in the Family Zone, demoing The Extraordinaires Design Studio and Rory's Story Cubes.

Lots of fun was had, with an up-side-down apple, a beetle and a clock just some of the Rory's Story Cubes icons that were rolled over the weekend.

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Rory's Story Cubes at the #CodeforBetter Hackathon at the Ulster Museum

Over the weekend,the Ulster Museum was host to a 24 hour #CodeforBetter Hackathon extravaganza!

On Saturday morning a group of 70 developers, designers and Healthcare enthusiasts joined forces with a common goal - to design solutions for challenges facing the Healthcare sector.

The Creativity Hub's Education Marketing Officer, Eoin and Media Co-Ordinator, Aine, were on hand on Saturday morning to introduce the teams to the different ways to use Rory's Story Cubes as a creative problem solving tool.

There was a broad range of diverse projects developed over just 24 hours - from an educational game for kids based on teaching the food groups to an app to help asthmatics monitor their condition, with a number of teams working through the night to complete their projects.

One of the highlights of the event included a night time tour of the Ulster Museum. Participants of the Hackathon were shown some of the most popular sections of the museum, including the mummy Takabuti and the Elements exhibit which brings the visitor along the periodic table, and includes an interactive exhibition which displays elements which appear dull to the eye, sparkling under UV light.

A warm thanks to organisers of the event, Total Mobile, for including Rory's Story Cubes as a creative problem solving tool.

More information about the Hackathon is available at

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Extraordinaires Design Studio #todaysdoodle Weekend Challenge

Following on from the success of the Rory's Story Cubes #todaysdoodle weekend challenge (which you can see here), we are pleased to announce The Extraordinaires Design Studio #todaysdoodle weekend challenge!

How can you partake in the challenge and what do you have to do?

Go to this link - and download The Extraordinaires Design Studio #todaysdoodle weekend challenge pack.

Use the information in the pack to create an object that meets the needs of the Extraordinaire character.

The pack includes

1. Instructions

2. A character illustration and all the information you need to complete a design for the character

3. A doodle sheet for you to print out or use as a layer to draw on if you so wish!

When you have completed the challenge, tweet a picture of your design to The Extraordinaires Design Studio Twitter account, @extraordinaires, using #todaysdoodle.

Happy designing!

Friday, 20 March 2015

#TodaysDoodle @Storycubes Weekend Challenge

Over the weekend illustrators from all over the world were busy creating their #todaysdoodle with help from Rory's Story Cubes.

A group of eight illustrators began a special weekend challenge where each illustrator chose an icon and combined them all to make a story. Some of the illustrators who took part used the Rory's Story Cubes, while others used the app.

Below are the nine doodles that were created.

Rebecca Osborne

Shelley Paul

Jim Karwisch

Makayla Lewis

Rob Dimeo

Tobias Würtz

Marc Bourguignon

Tracey Levasseur

Andrea Brücken

Rory O'Connor creator of Rory's Story Cubes and co-founder of The Creativity Hub also joined the #todaysdoodle weekend challenge with nine story cubes and a doodle of his own.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Digital Learning Day March 13th 2015

Today, March 13th marks Digital Learning Day 2015. Across the globe teachers and educators are embracing technology and sharing it with students in their classrooms and online. The aim of digital learning day is to highlight the effect Digital Learning can have, increasing the educational opportunities of students who have the chance to embrace it in their every day learning.

The Rory's Story Cubes app is being played in classrooms during various subjects across the curriculum by teachers who recognise that using the cubes fosters imagination, creativity and self esteem.

Learning through using the cubes is process based rather than product based, with the main emphasis being placed on how the children create the story rather than the story itself.

The Rory's Story Cubes app appeals to all learning styles, auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners.

Telling the story aloud based on the cube icons appeals to auditory learners, with the linear storytelling process helping them maintain interest for the entire lesson.

The variety of icons on the cubes appeals to visual learners, each cube is open to interpretation and with the option to mix Voyages and Action cubes with the original cubes there is always plenty to see on screen.

For kinesthetic learners the motion of shaking the handheld device replicates real-world gameplay.

The Rory's Story Cubes app is available in the Google Play Store and in the App Store, so children who wish to play at home with friends and family are able to do so, which means the learning continues outside the classroom.

Friday, 13 March 2015