Co-design workshop on making in public libraries and civic centers
This workshop is addressed to personnel working in public libraries and civic centers who run activities for young people at risk of social exclusion, who are not engaged in education nor employment. The goal of the workshop is to introduce a participation format in making called Hebocon and to discuss about its potential in the context of public libraries and civic centers.
Hebocon is a robot competition that encourages people with no robot building skills to create their own robots. The format celebrates failure and Do It Yourself culture with a playful approach. During the first part of the workshop participants will build their own robots and make them fight according to the Hebocon competition guidelines. During the second part of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the Hebocon format and co-design activities that support participation of young people who are at risk of social exclusion. During the workshop, participants will also be introduced to design principles for planning and ideating science learning activities in informal learning environments.
This workshop is part of a European research and innovation project on science learning outside the classroom (SySTEM 2020), and it is organized by researchers from the Learning Environments research group (Aalto University), in collaboration with the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM). At the workshop, participants interventions will be documented (video and text) to study approaches that support the participation and engagement of youth at risk of social exclusion in maker and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
The workshop runs the whole day from 09:00 until 16:00. Participation in the workshop is free.
In case you are interested, please register before the 15.1.2020 through this form.
About System 2020
SySTEM 2020 is a European-wide study into Science Learning Outside the Classroom, which examines how young people learn across Europe. SySTEM 2020 aims to map the diversity of initiatives connected to science education in informal contexts, identify best practices, as well as provide tools to support science learning outside the classroom. An area of special interest in SySTEM 2020 deals with how to support inclusion and equity in science education. To this end, special attention is paid to minority groups in science and STEM education like for instance, young people at risk of social exclusion who might not be involved in education nor employment.