How to stimulate students creativeness and prepare young people to the job world?
Following the smooth progress of Fablab Schools EU project, we joined the second partner meeting that coincided with the second Training for Teachers that took place from 26-27 October in the beautiful port city of Gijon, the major town in Asturias region, Spain.
The event was hosted by LABORAL, a huge, amazing space dedicated to industrial creation and arts: a university city itself. As participants, all five project partners and over 20 teachers gathered together to present their work concluded in the last six months and moved to the next three phases in the FABLAB’s design-based thinking cycle.
The meeting witnessed a great amount of enthusiasm among all participants, above all teachers who are now eager to accelerate their work, moving from the warming-up introductory stage into a full-swing practical one in which each group will need to come up with a concrete idea to implement.
It also marked the start of the international twinning phase between schools, with Spanish and Italian teachers forming one twinning group, and Dutch/Danish teachers another. The twinning activity shall be done via skype, with the participation of their students as well.
All of the twinning sections and project activities shall be documented by each teacher’s blog and linked to the project’s website for all interested stakeholders to read.
The next project meeting and Teachers’ Study Visit will take place in Palermo at the end of February 2018, hosted by CSC Danilo Dolci and participating local schools.
Fablab Schools EU: Towards Digital Smart, Entrepreneurial and Innovative Pupils is a two-year project funded by the Erasmus+ Program – Strategic Partnerships |School aiming at developing common methodological principles for digital fabrication education across Europe. This new technology that includes programming tools such as 3D programming, 3D printers, lasers cutters presents a pressing need to boost the new generation’s creativity, productivity and entrepreneurial spirit.
The project partnership holds together 5 organisations:
- Municipality of Vejle (Danmark, coordinator);
- Aarhus Universitet (Danmark);
- Fundacion La Laboral Centro De Arte Y Creacion Industrial (Spain);
- Vereniging Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (The Nederlands);
- Centro Per Lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Italy).