Fablab Benfica at the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic of Lisbon,
Distributed Design Market Platform - co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and,
the Fab Foundation would like to invite to submit your Open Educational Products and Resources to be listed in and promoted through the channels generated by the Fabschools Initiative and all its partners.
APPLICATIONS CLOSED! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING!
We are looking for sustainable and engaging products and/or lessons open for collaboration and use and adaptable to the local and domestic contexts.
For that, We are inviting designers, makers, and educators to present projects at any phase of its development: From tested solutions to well-presented concepts.
The challenge is to bring the virtues and values of Distributed Design into helping educators and other educational agents to adapt to these new contexts and scenarios in a usable and engaging way. The proposal should also address the model of fabrication and distribution.
We are looking for educational products or activities based on physical materials. The design proposals must be self-explanatory and integrate answers to the questions raised above. This challenge targets K12 and is divided into two main categories:
A Lesson centered on learning through making. The output of the class should be a tangible object which should also be able to mobilize more than one school subject;
An educational product. Tangible, easy to fabricate. It can come out of a Fablab or in the format of kit for home assemblage. The product should promote learning through interaction in a challenging way.
The School is trying to look beyond its walls in many ways. Stepping outside that frontier is a matter of study and experiences by many.
Some authors recommend an ecosystemic approach by advocating distributed learning amongst diverse contexts, places, resources and products. To place the School in that ecosystem is an essential and complex reflection.
How can we design the School beyond its walls?
The promoters of this call have been working and researching about these for quite a while!
The urgency of the moment, motivated by the COVID-19 crisis, brought all together.
The goal is to engage the Maker community, through its members, spaces and collectives of designers, artists, engineers and educators. Most are already deeply committed to the fight against COVID. Some are already focusing on the specifics of Maker education.
This call embeds the collective will of mapping and incentivizing the creation of new projects and educational practices that look at the domestic environment as an alternative (or extension) to formal education.
The call is an invitation for designers and other creatives to think about and present new products and educational resources for families at home. The proposals should be very clear about the way families or caregivers are integrated into the learning process. The way the users/makers access and use materials and the origin and sustainability of the material and technological options in these terms is also highly valued.
Therefore, we incentivize you to follow the Distributed Design values:
. Open Source;
. Sustainable production and consumption;
. Ecosystemic by connecting online and offline and consequently creation and “making”.
A final selection of ten projects will form an exhibition tour;
We will select two projects for presentation at our Distributed Design Summer School.
The same two selected project teams will get a mentorship plan by Fablab Benfica which will also cover further development and communication costs up to 700 € per project.
Both designers or teams will also be awarded a Free Wikifactory subscription each.
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Liz Whitewolf joins the SCOPES team as Community Engagement and Project Manager with a passion for integrating digital fabrication technologies equitably in schools for students, teachers, and other stakeholders in K-12 education. A graduate of FAB Academy, Liz opened an educational Fab Lab in Pittsburgh, PA, expanding the program to include two mobile fab lab units in addition to the museum-based makerspace. Before joining the FAB Foundation, Liz served as Senior Director of STEM Education at Carnegie Science Center and previously was a classroom teacher and out of school time educator in robotics, computer programming, and engineering. Currently, Liz is pursuing her Ed.D. in STEM Education at the University of Pittsburgh and spends her free time mentoring an all-girls robotics team and serving on various educational committees and projects including the Remake Learning Network, STEM Ecosystems, National Science Teaching Association, and the North American Digital Fabrication Alliance. Liz and her family are all makers and spend time experimenting and creating projects in their garage-based Fab Lab in their Pittsburgh home.
A serial social entrepreneur, Christina has lived in The Netherlands, China, Argentina, Spain, Oman, India, and the UK and is fluent in English and Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. Working at the intersection of digital fabrication, social innovation and sustainability, she is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Wikifactory, the world's first social platform for collaborative product development.
Kate is the strategic design and communications lead at Fab Lab Barcelona where she also articulates the community and communications of the Fab City Global Initiative and is the Platform coordinator of Distributed Design Platform, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. An Australian design and business management undergraduate, Kate has worked in both the public and private sector of the creative field in the Netherlands and Australia on campaigns concerned with community engagement and audience development for social amelioration. She took her Masters of Arts and Society at University of Utrecht researching narrative construction, storytelling and citizen action.
Tiago Almeida is an Adjunct Professor at the Higher School of Education of Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and Integrated Researcher in CIE (Educational Research Center) at ISPA - University Institute. At the Higher School of Education, he coordinates the Post-Graduation in Toodler Education and the Department of Educational Psychology. Tiago is also FabLab Benfica Pedagogical Coordinator and Invited Coordinator in Higher School of Dance in Lisbon since 2014. As a Professor of higher education, he works mostly on pre-school education master degrees. Within his functions, he is continually trying to absorb a set of questions resulting from research. As research interests, he is currently studying how children play. He is particularly interested in understanding how this activity allows children to learn about themselves and the world. To do so, he seeks to understand how adults, materials and resources can support this action without limiting it. Alongside his research about children play, he is interested in how can educational settings support children "becoming" within an ethical and relational agency in a collective world (i.e. interacting with human and non-human contexts, environments and materials).
Master degree in Architecture from the University of La Salle (Universitat Ramon Llull), Spain. In 2012 he graduated from the Fab Academy, an intensive 6-month digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping program led by Neil Gershenfeld at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). He is currently doing the PHD in digital manufacturing processes at the EGA UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). As a professional architect, Santi has worked in several architecture companies carrying out projects at an international level for more than 10 years. Since 2013 he is part of the Fab Lab BCN team (https://fablabbcn.org), he is the coordinator of the Future Learning Unit (FLU), the unit focused on the design, implementation and coordination of active learning experiences with digital manufacturing tools for community. FLU (https://twitter.com/futurelearningu) designs and promotes educational, innovation and entrepreneurship projects such as AmbMakers (https://twitter.com/hashtag/ambmakers), POPUPLAB “Digital Fabrication Everywhere” (https://fablabbcn.org/popup_fab_lab.html), FABKIDS (http://kids.fablabbcn.org/), CROCOPOI (https://crocopoi.com/). FLU participates in European research projects such as DO IT (https://www.doit-europe.net/) or DSISCALE (https://digitalsocial.eu/about-the-project) and PHALABS 4.0 (http: // www.phablabs.eu /). Since 2014 he is Fab Guru of the global academic program Fabacademy (http://fabacademy.org/) and since 2017 he is a professor of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) (https://iaac.net/educational-programmes/master- design-emergent-futures /) organized by IAAC.
A product that:
. can be easily made by a child (under12) or educator, and in which the making, changing or customizing embeds learning;
. is documented on Wikifactory and openly licensed, in order to allow others to use and change/adapt;
. is clear about what areas of knowledge it is addressing and what an under12 child could learn through its use/play;
. contributes to sustainability and addresses one or more UN Sustainable Development Goal;
. includes quality documentation and is clear about production, costs, equipment, safety and the educator’s aid and/or intervention in all stages.
A lesson that:
. is centred on designing, making, customising, finishing and/or reconfiguring a physical artefact;
. is documented on ScopesDF and openly licensed, in order to allow others to use and change/adapt;
. is clear about what areas of knowledge it is addressing and what an under12 child could learn from the process;
. contributes to sustainability and addresses one or more UN Sustainable Development Goal;
. includes quality documentation and is clear about production, costs, equipment and safety.