Happy to inform you that our first important task, the design of the ASSESSMAKE21 tool, is well underway!
The last four months CIL (leader of O1) with contributions from the project partners mapped out and formulated the journey that the students will traverse with the ASSESSMAKE21 tool to learn, develop and reflect upon 21st century skills during their activities in the makerspaces.
The design was based on –
1) literature review on frameworks for 21st-century skills,
2) feedback that was elicited from project partners, educators/teachers and facilitators of makerspaces from 4 countries (Cyprus, Ireland, Greece and Sweden) through several design thinking workshops, and,
3) a series of in-depth interviews with researchers, teachers and practitioners in the aforementioned countries.
The ASSESSMAKE21 tool focuses on the 21st century skills that were brought most frequently forward during the data collection stage, namely: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Problem-Solving and Life/Social skills. Through the interviews and the design thinking workshops data were retrieved that allowed the project team to determine the technical and functional requirements underpinning the ASSESSMAKE21 tool. Annotated wireframes, user flow diagrams and an interactive prototype were designed; all these outputs inform the next project stage which is the ASSESSMAKE21 tool development.
We are happy to announce that Chris Reina from the MakerMeet IE will be with us on the 28th of January!
His speech entitled “Making a Maker” will help us understand the notion of making and what a maker is. The need to engage young people in making activities and supporting them in exploring learning opportunities towards making will be also stressed.
About Chris Reina:
Chris has been involved in education since 2002, technology since 1981 and Making since 1971. (You do the maths) He is part owner of MakerMeet IE who provide practical skills in Maker education and project-based learning. He believes that we are all Makers and is passionate about learning through making. MakerMeet use the Constructionist approach to learning as set out by Seymour Papert and this underpins the student-centred, discovery-led S.T.E.A.M. workshops that they provide to the education, enterprise and private sectors. Chris loves cats, kayaking, kite-flying, steampunk, pedantic semantics and knowing the meanings of ligatures, aglets, gallibanders and lexiphanic. It is often said he is terribly modest (but not by him).
It is a great honour to have Leo Scarff, co-founder of Fab Lab Maker Hub, as guest speaker at our first virtual multiplier event in Ireland on the 28th of January.
Through his speech entitled “Fab Labs and Digital Making in Schools“ he will introduce us in the magical world of makerspaces. He will share his experiences and views related to running STEAM workshops for children and bringing digital making and design thinking into primary and secondary schools in the North West of Ireland.
Leo Scarff is the co-founder of the Fab Lab Maker Hub, a digital fabrication facility based in Manorhamilton in the North West of Ireland. Fab Lab Maker Hub was established in 2014 to bring street level access to desktop manufacturing technology and to kick start Maker Education and hands-on STEAM workshops in the North West and beyond. The focus of the Fab Lab is to engage with schools, libraries, small businesses, entrepreneurs and anyone curious about making with digital technology and prove that everyone can be a Maker. MakerHub Manager Stuart Lawn and Leo have developed Makerspaces for local libraries and arts organisations and run regular workshops on 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Physical Computing, Product and CAD Design. As well as running his own design company since 1997, Leo has lectured on product design since 1999 and is a Design & Crafts Council of Ireland mentor in product design for the North West of Ireland
The first ASSESSMAKE 21 informational multiplier event is being facilitated online by Dublin Maker in Ireland with the aim of introducing project ideas and initiatives to teachers/educators and facilitators of makerspaces. The event aims at encouraging participants to explore the creative possibilities of a makerspace (located in schools and/or non-formal educational places).
This online event is free of charge and lasts 2 hours. Key topics will be introduced by the ASSESSMAKE 21 consortium, and it’s a great honour to explore the magical world of makerspaces with the support of our 2 invited speakers: Stuart Lawn (Founder of the Fab Lab Maker Hub) and Chris Reina (co-founder of the MakerMeetIE).
12:00 – 12:10: Welcome by Vicky Twomey-Lee (Dublin Maker) 12:10 – 12:30: ASSESSMAKE 21 Project by Deirdre Green (Learnovate) & Rene Alimisi (Edumotiva) 12:30 – 12:45: “Fab Labs and Digital Making in Schools” by Stuart Lawn (Fab Lab Maker Hub) 12:45 – 13:15: Breakout Rooms 13:15 – 13:30: Feedback from Breakout Rooms 13:30 – 13:45: “Making a Maker” by Chris Reina (MakerMeet IE) 13:45 – 14:00: Wrap up and Call to Actions by Paul O’Raw (Learnovate)
The event takes place on Thursday 28th January, 2020 (12:00-14:00hrs Irish time) and aims at encouraging participants to explore the creative possibilities of a makerspace -located in schools and/or non-formal educational places.
Our Cypriot project partners, Cyprus Interaction Lab kick starts the first project output with a series of design thinking workshops. These workshops aim to implement user requirements collected from key stakeholders, in order to shape the functionality of the ASSESSMAKE 21 platform and more closely meet use needs.
The ASSESSMAKE 21 project kick off meeting was held online over two days on the 2nd and 17th November, 2020. Partners introduced themselves to the wider team and discussed the overall project workplan, outputs at each stage of the project, management of the project, and dissemination strategies.