FabLearn Dialogues 2023

The Netherlands

In education, how do we create space for “learning by making”?

FabLearn Dialogues is the event for sharing and developing knowledge and insights on “learning by making” for local, national and international practitioners, experts and advocates in maker education who want to create space for maker education in their own practice. Such as primary and secondary school teachers, teachers in higher education institutions, researchers and makerspace instructors. The working language is English.      The FabLearn Dialogues are organized in collaboration by partners including HAN University of Applied Sciences, Flores Education, Delta School group, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, FabLab@School.dk, and FabLearn.                                                     

Arnhem – The Netherlands – 14, 15, 16 november

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Tuesday, 14 November

Locations: Rozet Arnhem (center for language, art and heritage), various locations in Amsterdam and OBA Amsterdam

The Tuesday programme consists of selected activities of the national “maaksymposium” (symposium of making) 2023. The day offers insights into Dutch practices of maker education. Delegates will be able to visit selected activities of the maaksymposium. All workshops are in English. And the evening program will be translated into English by an interpreter where necessary.

11:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Start of the program at Rozet Arnhem

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: By train to Amsterdam

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Workshops/Field Visits (Amsterdam)

  • Workshop: Science and technology classroom activities (4.00 PM – 5.30 PM)
    Hosted by: NEMO Science Museum Website
    Location: NEMO Amsterdam Registration

The European project SENSEE stands for STEM EntrepreNeurShip for Everyone and Everywhere. The project focuses on children (6-12 years old) with fewer opportunities to discover and develop their talents. The project partners from Norway, Slovenia, Cyprus, and the Netherlands are developing activities related to science and technology for these children. During the workshop, you will explore the activities developed within the SENSEE project and try out some of them. You will also engage in tinkering, a method that encourages students’ creativity and problem-solving skills through playful learning. At the end, you will receive several inspiring tinkering activities to take with you.

Prior to this, we are offering a session on the Makerkits developed by Makers on the Move. From 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the same location.” If you choose this option, you only need to register for ‘science and technology activities.’

  • Workshop: Maak-IT (4.00 PM – 5.30 PM)
    Hosted by: HvA, CASE, iPabo en OBA Website
    Location: Amsterdam Public Library (Herenzaal) Registration

A workshop by HvA, CASE, iPabo, and OBA on digital literacy in conjunction with science, technology, and arts education in primary schools. Digital literacy in education goes beyond making students familiar with ICT. It’s also about enabling them to create, innovate, and design using digital technology (SLO, 2023). Maker education provides opportunities for interdisciplinary lessons that incorporate digital literacy. However, how this education at the intersection of art, science, and technology becomes part of the curriculum is still uncertain. The aim of this workshop is to involve teachers in designing this type of education. Participants will first ‘sample’ lesson activities from various disciplines related to the theme of Sound. Then, we will discuss how these components can be integrated cohesively and what is needed for that integration.

  • Workshop: Introducing digital literacy to primary school children through maker education (4.00 PM – 5.30 PM)
    Hosted by: NewTechKids Website
    Location: Amsterdam Public Library (Prinsenzaal) Registration

How can we prepare elementary school students for the digital world around us? How can we encourage them to think critically about technology? And how do we give them the choice to be passive tech users or active tech inventors? In this workshop, teachers will learn how NewTechKids teaches digital literacy and technical inventions to primary and secondary school students throughout Amsterdam. You will become acquainted with the pedagogy and educational approach of NewTechKids. Afterward, you will work on designing a curriculum module for digital literacy consisting of 5 lessons.

  • Masterclass: Maker education & youth participation (3.00 PM – 4.00 PM)
    Hosted by: Designathon works Website
    Location: Amsterdam Public Library (Keizerszaal) Registration

Have you heard of FOOD RESCUE? In this hands-on workshop by Designathon Works, you will get acquainted with this European educational project on climate change. FOOD RESCUE is a project aimed at promoting education as an essential component of the global response to climate change. Its goal is to help young students (ages 8 to 12) understand and address the consequences of global warming, enhance their climate knowledge, and encourage them to change their attitudes and behaviors. This innovative educational program is based on Maker Education and Youth Participation, with food waste as its overarching theme.

  • Workshop: Reuse and repair; broken and failed (3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)
    Hosted by: The Beach Website
    Location: The Beach Amsterdam Registration

In 2010, The Beach launched the long-term program “Gangmakers,” aimed at co-creating a social and sustainable society with children. Gangmakers is a program where children learn to collaborate, connect with each other and their community. It provides a platform for professional creators, artists, and designers to share their expertise in co-creation with the younger generation. Young people aged 8 and above engage in various stages of the creation and design process, learning to think and act like creators.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Running Buffet (Amsterdam)

Before the start of the evening program, enjoy a buffet dinner at Babel, the OBA restaurant.

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Plenary Program at the National Maker Symposium with Various Speakers (Amsterdam)

In the evening, between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, various presentations will be given, and we will engage in discussions with professionals from the field of education and creativity. The event will feature diverse speakers, interactive interludes, and a stimulating debate on topics related to maker education, led by Astrid Poot.

Guests at the OBA Theater will include:

– Astrid Poot, creative thinker and maker, who will serve as the host and moderator for the evening.
– Emiel Heijnen & Melissa Bremmer from the Art Education Department at AHK, who will present “ArtSciences Unlocked: Maker Education for Young People with Autism.”
– Inka de Pijper from NEMO, who, in collaboration with Studiezalen, will discuss the importance of working with communities in the neighborhood.
– Remke Klapwijk from TU Delft and Monique Pijls from HvA, who will shed light on spatial understanding in maker education, using examples from both within and outside the Netherlands. This presentation is based on the publication: “Maker Education Meets Technology Education – Reflections on Good Practices” by Brill.
– Anneke Willemsen & Jacqueline Liesdek-Kars from the IVKO School of Arts, who will present how they have integrated maker education into their daily teaching practices.
– Teike Asselbergs from The Beach and Pieter Bosman from IKC Het Talent, who will discuss various forms of collaboration between their organizations.

Wednesday, 15 November

Location: HAN University Arnhem

Wednesday is about sharing experiences, insights and knowledge. And developing concrete activities to be used in the classroom, which will be put into practice on Thursday. And we contemplate the question: How can various partners in maker education, such as libraries, makerspaces, FabLabs, teacher training programs, and artists, collaborate with schools to create space for ‘learning by making’ within the school?

Morning programme 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration, coffee, tea, croissants, fruit

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Keynote by Paulo Blikstein and Hanne Voldborg Andersen

Both speakers will address how various partners in maker education can incorporate ‘learning by making’ into the education system, drawing from their respective backgrounds.

Paulo Blikstein, Associate Professor, Columbia University and FabLearn Program Director.

Maker Education: a movement made by teachers. In this talk, I will discuss the recent history of maker education and propose that it is one of the few reform movements that teachers and educators themselves mostly pushed forward. I will talk about how it could move forward in the next ten years, better integrate itself into the regular school day, embrace cultural diversity, and look into new (low and high) technologies. I will bring examples from our work around the world and from the FabLearn network. 

Hanne Voldborg Andersen holds a Ph.D., MSc in ICT & Learning, and is a Specialist in Technology, Learning, and Inclusion. She is the national coordinator of FabLab@School Denmark.

From DIY to Learning by Making: Uniting Partners for Innovative Education. How various partners have supported the incorporation of ‘learning by making’ into the education system at FabLab@SCHOOLdk in Denmark

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM: Interactive Presentations and Workshops

  • Roundtable Discussion on Maker Education from Amsterdam to Kenya: Reflections on Good Practices. This discussion will be led by Remke Klapwijk from Delft University of Technology and co-editor of the book “Maker Education Meets Technology Education; Reflections on Good Practices,” Monique Pijls from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Marten Westerhof, a Ph.D. candidate at Technological University Dublin and Waag Futurelab. Room: G1.24
  • Interactive Presentation of a Research-Based STEAM Pedagogical Framework for Primary and Secondary Education. Essi Vuopala and Anne Kumpula from the Rajakylä School Community in Oulu, Finland, will present a framework for STEAM projects. In this interactive session they will introduce their STEAM-pedagogical framework with few case examples. After the introduction there will be a discussion about participants’ own experiences about conducting STE(A)M -projects, and based on these experiences the framework will be reflected and co-developed. Main questions to be discussed are: What could be additional pedagogical approaches to the framework? How to adapt the framework to the needs of other schools? How STEAM-pedagogy is defined in different countries and schools? Room: G2.14
  • Make things to make things with. In this workshop you will try small inventions, you can use to make things with. The inventions are results from a 3 year project in a municipality in Denmark that focuses on minimaking. Making for children in the age from 5 – 9 years old. Materials used in this workshop are: cardboard, make-do, motors, wires, aluminum foil, clips, strings and small inventions made with a 3D printer and laser cutter. During the workshop you will make your own things with things, and maybe invent your own things to make things with. Workshop facilitator: Jesper Homann, Pedagogical consultant, VIA University College. Room: G2.12
  • Build Your Own Robot. This workshop is conducted by Joost Adema. He is a Specialist in Learning with ICT at Delta School Group in Arnhem. Additionally, he is a co-coordinator at the iXperium in Arnhem. You will be building a robot using the components from the BYOR (Build Your Own Robot) kit. This kit provides electronics that allow you to create a robot, device, or artwork in no time. The electronic components are easy to use and can be applied in various ways using materials such as cardboard, wood, and plastic. Use recycled materials and craft supplies to personalize your creation. Once the creation is complete, it can even be programmed by adding the Micro:Bit. Room: G1.22
  • AI – An Introductory Workshop by Midjourney; From Word to Image. Using MidJourney, Patrick Kreling creates images that revolve around the concepts of wonder, elegance, and discovery. In a quest to explore the boundaries of what a creative mind can conceive and what artificial intelligence can depict, he unlocks worlds and possibilities that were not obvious before. During this workshop, Patrick Kreling guides you through Midjourney, revealing how a designer and visual creator can creatively harness AI as an extension of human capability. Patrick provides a clear introduction to transforming text inputs into visual representations. In an unpredictable demonstration, he translates your texts through Midjourney into surprisingly unique images each time. The workshop offers insights into this entirely new form of AI image production. Patrick Kreling is a graphic designer, photographer, and lecturer in Communication and Multimedia Design at Hogeschool Arnhem & Nijmegen. Room: G2.01
  • Moving Pattern in Augmented Reality. You work in pairs. Each person quickly designs 2 icons on an iPad. Using these icons, you create a moving pattern for your outerwear in a sophisticated animation program. This moving pattern is projected onto your sweater/jacket/blouse/t-shirt through a specially adapted Snapchat filter in Augmented Reality. You can also showcase it at home later on. This workshop by Anthe Wormskamp is the digital component of Digidracht. Digidracht is a blended fashion project developed for elementary education. Students design icons to fill an A0 sheet. They use the same icons to create a moving pattern, presenting it on Snapchat against their stamped A0 background. Anthe Wormskamp is a professional artist specializing in graphics and an art teacher at an elementary school. Room: G1.28

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM: Dialogue

In multidisciplinary groups, we will discuss the question: How can various partners in maker education, such as libraries, makerspaces, FabLabs, teacher training programs, and artists, collaborate with schools to create space for ‘learning by making’ within the school? We will then concretely explore how we can strengthen each other.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch

A delightful lunch with ample opportunity to meet and strengthen our network.

Afternoon Programme  

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Guided Walk in the Surrounding Area

The campus of HAN University of Applied Sciences is idyllically situated and surrounded by several beautiful city parks. During the walk, we will have a small excursion and a great opportunity for discussions.

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Collaborative Creation of Maker Education

Teachers from different schools in Arnhem will join to collaboratively design maker education activities for the participants of FabLearn Dialogues. These maker activities will be implemented in Arnhem schools the following day. While designing these activities, you will get acquainted with our developed toolkit for designing maker education lessons. Makers on the Move will supply a variety of materials.

5:00 PM: Closing Remarks & Reception

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: ‘Diner Pensant’ 

Thursday, 16 November

Locations: primary schools in Arnhem, secondary schools in Rotterdam and Rozet Arnhem

On Thursday, delegates put their maker education activities into practice with teachers and pupils from primary schools in Arnhem or secondary education in Rotterdam. The day closes with evaluation and outlook.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Final Preparations and Travel to Locations

You will be provided with a bicycle for the visits to schools in Arnhem. You will travel to Rotterdam by train.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Maker Education in the Classroom (Schools in Arnhem and Rotterdam)

This morning, you will visit the teachers with whom you have designed the maker education activity at their school. Together, you will implement the maker education activity with the students. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Dutch education system, and most students in the Netherlands speak English fluently.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Traveling and Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Evaluation of Maker Education Activities (Rozet Arnhem)

We will reflect together and share the experiences from the morning activities.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Closing: Wrap-Up and Outlook (Plenary)

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The participation fee for the FabLearn Dialogues is 120 euros, excluding travel and accommodation expenses. All mentioned catering is included in the price.


Call For Papers FLD23: Fab Learn Dialogues 2023

HAN University

Arnhem, Netherlands, November 14-16, 2023

The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Practitioner experiences describing own practice in maker education: pitfalls rather than success stories; not “what works”, but “what worked, for whom, under what circumstances”.
  • Research experiences describing empirical evidence from the field – again: “what worked, for whom, under what circumstances”.
  • Advocacy experiences describing pitfalls and successes of promoting maker education in schools and elsewhere.

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fld23

Abstract registration deadline: September 30, 2023

Submission deadline: October 31, 2023

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