Makerspaces in school education
Buinho Education is a sub-branch of Buinho, a fablab located in the South of Portugal (www.buinho.pt). We were the first and still only project of the kind in this region, having introduced since 2015 the contributes of Maker Education to public schools and local communities in the fields of digital fabrication, coding, and robotics.
Buinho has been coordinating several Erasmus projects since 2017.
We currently coordinate an Erasmus consortium (PT01-KA121-SCH-000010598) dedicated to the mission of increasing the digital proficiency in all public schools of the neighbouring municipalities, mostly in the fields of coding and robotics. And we are working with more than 20 local public schools in the development and teaching of digital competencies to both students and teachers from six different municipalities.
It is this unique experience of being a fablab that has helped create several school makerspaces that we want to share with other European Schools that aim to create similar dynamics but don’t know exactly where to start. It’s due to this experience that we can advise on what is the most effective solutions adjusted to the available budget, and it’s based on the daily practice that we better explain how these spaces can operate to produce high-quality educational results.
But this course offers more than this. It will also offer the possibility of participants to have a practical engagement and experience with the most popular equipment in Makerspaces nowadays. By being a fablab and managing a group of educational Makerspaces in Messejana, Buinho can offer the unique experience of taking this course within a real makerspace and together with us better understand the advantages and limitations of each piece of equipment.
This course is aimed at school coordinators or teachers that have the ambition to create and operate a Makerspace within their school premises. With this course, you will learn how a Makerspace works, how it is divided into working sections, and what are the general aspects you should take into consideration while designing the space. You will also learn how to use digital fabrication technology such as laser cutters, 3D printers, Vinyl Cutters, or CNC Mills. You will have the opportunity to test and experiment with different Robotic Educational Kits and get to know the most suitable solutions to introduce physical coding and STEAM in your classroom. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with emerging technology and methodologies such as virtual and augmented reality, Artificial intelligence, and product Hacking, setting up the space for the future of school digital education.
You will also have the opportunity to get to know some of our approaches and strategies to enable the creation of low-cost makerspaces in public schools while covering all the logistic and safety measures that reduce associated risks.
Finally, and with this short course, you will be able to perform a short job shadowing activity in a local school, where you will be introduced to some significant projects and opportunities given by the new Erasmus program to the school sector.
Target Groups – Elementary, Middle and Secondary School deans, school coordinators, and department coordinators
Duration of the course – Five days
Total Cost of the Course – 400€
Note: Each class will have a maximum of 12 participants to provide higher quality standards and more individualized support.