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Digital Fabrication and Maker Movement in Education: Making Computer-supported Artefacts from Scratch

Objective

Digital technology has radically changed the way people work in industry, finance, services, media and commerce and has urged necessary corresponding changes in educational systems. However there is a lack of progress in the education arena. Hence, recent studies show that high percentages of college graduates can't find work, the dropout rate is high and new generations are moving back into their parents homes after school or college. Nevertheless, the digital trend indicates that today's grade-school children will end up at jobs that haven't been invented yet.

Nowadays, several studies assure that digital fabrication and making technologies, if coupled with proper learning methodologies such as Constructivism can provide learning experiences that promote young people’s creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills, which are essential and necessary in the workplace of the 21st century. However, as early as 2008 a OECD report remarked that “technology is everywhere, except in schools”. In addition to this, most uses of technologies in education and training today do not support 21st-century learning skills. In many cases, new technologies are simply reinforcing old ways of training and learning in current school settings and very often they are introduced according to a narrow perception as being suitable only for talented youth or only for Science-, Maths- or Engineering-oriented majors. Current developments call for a move from this elitism to the recognition that fluency with making technologies represents knowledge and skills valuable for
every citizen.

The eCraft2Learn project will research, design, pilot and validate an ecosystem based on digital fabrication and making technologies for creating computer-supported artefacts. The project aims at reinforcing personalised learning and teaching in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education and to assist the development of 21st century skills that promote inclusion and employability for youth in the EU. The eCraft2Learn ecosystem will support both formal and informal learning by providing the appropriate digital fabrication, making technologies, and programming tools. It will also incorporate mechanisms for personalised and adaptive learning.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2016-1

Coordinator

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Net EU contribution
€ 356 246,75
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Savo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

EUROPAIKO ERGASTIRIO EKPAIDEFTIKIS TECHNOLOGIAS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 203 500,00
Address
Agios Ioannis 1
23100 Sparta

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Region
Λακωνία Πελοπόννησος Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MALARDALENS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 234 202,50
Address
Hogskoleplan 1
721 23 Vasteraas

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Västmanlands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 228 125,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 215 158,75
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford

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Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SYNYO GmbH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 162 125,00
Address
Otto-bauer-gasse 5/14
1060 Wien

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 28 738,12
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee

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Region
Eastern Scotland Angus and Dundee City
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 121 812,50
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNOPOLIS GKAZI ANONIMI ETAIREIA OTA PROSTASIAS KAI ANADEIXIS VIOMICHANIKOU ARCHAIOLOGIKOU PARKOU ATHINON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 51 250,00
Address
Odos Peireos 100
11854 Athina

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Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EVOTHINGS LABS AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 56 250,00
Address
Sankt Eriksgatan 66 2 Tr
113 20 Stockholm

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARDUINO AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 54 050,00
Address
Anckargripsgatan 3
211 19 Malmo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ULTIMAKER GB LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 56 250,00
Address
Unit 20 Chorley Central Business Park, Stump Lane,
PR6 0BL Preston

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North West (England) Lancashire Chorley and West Lancashire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LINNEUNIVERSITETET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 175 539,38
Address
Linnaeus University
35195 Vaxjo

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Region
Södra Sverige Småland med öarna Kronobergs län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00