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), OBA Amsterdam and various locations across the Netherlands

The Tuesday programme consists of field visits to (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. 

12.00 – 13.00 h: Start of the programme in Rozet Arnhem

15.00 – 18.00 h: Field visits at various locations across the Netherlands (an up-to-date overview can be found at the bottom of the page)

18.30 – 19.30 h: Running buffet (Amsterdam)

19.30- 21.00 h: Plenary program national maaksymposium with various speakers (Amsterdam)

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.

9.00 – 9.30 h: Registration, coffee, thea, croissants, fruit

9.30 – 10.00 h: Welcome and keynote Paulo Blikstein 

10.15 – 11.30 h: Share experiences from Tuesday 

11.30 – 12.30 h: Lunch

12.30 – 14.00 h: Interactive research presentations

14.30 – 17.15 h: Develop maker education activities for in the classroom 

17.15 – 17.30 h: Closing 

19.30 – 21.30 h: Diner pensant (Rozet Arnhem)

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 – 10.30 h: Final preparations and travel to locations 

10.30 – 12.00 h: Maker education in the classroom (schools in Arnhem and Rotterdam)

12.00 – 14.00 h: Traveling and lunch break 

14.00 – 15.00 h: Evaluation maker education activities (Rozet Arnhem)

15.00 – 15.30 h: 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.

Field visits Tuesday “maaksymposium”

An inventory is currently being made of which workshops will be given (in English) on Tuesday afternoons. It will be a diverse range at various locations across the Netherlands. We will keep the list of workshops up to date:

  • Workshop: ‘Art of making’; how maker education is designed and implemented in schools in co-creation
    Organization: MakerCosmos
    Location: Rozet Arnhem
  • Workshop: Science and technology classroom activities
    Organisation: NEMO Science Museum Registration form
    Location: NEMO Amsterdam
  • Workshop: Sustainable Tinker activities for the classroom
    Organisation: NEMO Science Museum Registration form
    Location: NEMO Amsterdam
  • Workshop: Introducing digital literacy to primary school children through maker education
    Organisation: NewTechKids Registration form
    Location: Amsterdam Public Library
  • Masterclass: Maker education & youth participation
    Organisation: Designathon works Registration form
    Location: Amsterdam Public Library
  • Workshop: Reuse and repair; broken and failed
    Organisation: The Beach
    Location: The Beach Amsterdam
  • Workshop: Maker education in teacher training
    Organisation: IPabo/Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    Location: AUAS Makerslab Amsterdam
  • Workshop: Come and have a look at the new Technology School of Amsterdam, TASC            Organisation: TechCampus and TASC                                                                                                  Location: TASC, Darlingstraat 2, Amsterdam

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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