In a co-creation session, the children decided to create a healthy snack for their school. They worked together to identify the best recipe and worked out a marketing strategy for their product. At the end, they presented their final product at a public event in the school.
The children researched, analysed and identified a waste challenge in their school, connected to the theme Nature and environment. They then developed ideas to solve the issues they found. They worked with recycling material and combined it with LEGO WeDo robots.
Using nature as a model, the children develop robots using waste (upcycling).
WEARABL-E: open lab introduces the participants into the world of wearable technology and e-textiles: history, art projects, application in sports, medicine and entertainment industry etc. During the eight introductory workshops the participants reproduce eight DIY wearable prototypes which introduce different techniques, electronics, possible uses, materials, and tools. The participants explore the electrical properties of materials, traditional and contemporary craft techniques while building electronics that emphasize materiality and process.
The workshop aimed for combining maker skills with social entrepreneurship. Making was centred around physical computing skills as well as prototyping first solutions. Most of the kids have an emotional link with issues in their environment thus it is a great way to get them into first programming, linking to entrepreneurship, environmental thinking and societal responsibility in a compelling way.
In order to guide the teams from an idea finding phase into a phase of practical work, a Kanban board helps. The three to-do lists (TO DO - DOING - DONE) help the children organize themselves.
Participation is always voluntary, but a rule must be followed: All children (present in the room) should behave calmly. The room should be cozy and not too cool, but still well ventilated. Avoid interference from the outside (for example with a "do not disturb" sign). The participants are lying on the floor (with their pillow) or whatever way they feel comfortable. Breathing is particularly important. Starting with a few strong breaths, the breathing should become calm and even. Finally, the eyes are closed.
In order to make the statements of the children and their prototypes even stronger and to underpin the functional ideas with factual knowledge, a tablet really is a great way. The really is a small in-depth learning journey that includes topics such as plastic waste, pollution of the oceans, recycling and climate change.