Learning by making & tinkering

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
In this course participants will experiment how making and tinkering can positively affect learning in the classroom.
The course will engage participants in hands-on activities that introduce concepts around making & tinkering (e.g. 3D modelling, paper circuitry, physical computing) and then supports them to imagine how to apply these concepts and activities in their classroom curricula.
The course is framed on the Creative Learning theory, so participants will be engaged in playful activities, working together to develop meaningful projects, reflecting on their creative process.

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course participants:

  • knows how to design with 2D and 3D software;
  • knows how to use a laser cutter or a vinyl cutter or a 3D printer to transform a digital design into a tangible object;
  • knows how to make an electrical circuit either in series or in parallel and how to apply this knowledge to create something meaningful;
  • knows how to program a microcontroller to interact with the physical word;
  • improve their skills and attitudes in terms of Maker Elements:
  • agency
  • troubleshooting
  • social scaffolding
  • bridging knowledge
  • productive risk-taking
  • approach challenges by using design process
  • develop ideas about how to empower their student’s learning through tinkering and making when back in the classroom.

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : A2 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    This course is suitable for teachers and educators working in schools, museums, libraries, after-school programs and other formal and informal learning environments. No prior experience is necessary.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 16
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 27.03.2022 - 03.04.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 12.06.2022 - 19.06.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 16.10.2022 - 23.10.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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