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MAKERSPACES IN THE EARLY YEARS: ENHANCING DIGITAL LITERACY AND CREATIVITY (MakEY)

Objective

This two-year project involves an international and inter-sector research and training network that focuses on the potential of makerspaces, which are specific spaces that enable creative design and the production of both digital and non-digital artefacts, to foster the digital literacy and creative skills of young children. A key aim of the project is to inform educational policy and practice in this area, enabling formal learning institutions (early years settings and primary schools) to learn from practice in non-formal learning spaces, and vice-versa, and also to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the makerspace sector, enabling SMEs to develop robust business models and appropriate resources for future work in this area. The project involves 16 academic and non-academic beneficiaries and 10 non-academic, non-beneficiary partners across 6 EU countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Romania, UK), an Associated Country (Colombia) and 4 Third Countries (Australia, Canada, South Africa and USA). This global network of university scholars, cultural industry partners in makerspaces, early years practitioners, museum educators and librarians will engage in a collaborative research and training programme that addresses 4 objectives, which are to:
1. Conduct a comprehensive review of the role of makerspaces in the formal and non-formal educational experiences of children and young people.
2. Undertake empirical research to determine how makerspaces can foster the digital literacy and creativity skills and knowledge of young children.
3. Develop a conceptual framework for analysing young children’s engagement in makerspaces.
4. Make recommendations for policy and practice that will foster innovation and entrepreneurship in SME makerspaces and facilitate the use of makerspaces for enhancing digital literacy in early childhood educational institutions and non-formal learning spaces.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/public libraries
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 139 500

Participants (13)

MAKEA INDUSTRIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Prenzlauer Alee 242
10405 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTUL DE SOCIOLOGIE
Romania
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Calea 13 Septembrie No. 13
50711 Bucuresti
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HASKOLINN A AKUREYRI
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Solborg V Nordurslod
600 Akureyri
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAKERS PARTNERSHIP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
555 Abbeydale Road
S7 1TA Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIATIA HATCH ATELIER
Romania
EU contribution
€ 31 500
Address
Calea Serban Voda 256 Bl 13 Sc B Et 9 Ap 65 Sector 4
040218 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
RG MENNTARADGJOF SLF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Mavahraun 4
220 Hafnarfjordur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AARHUS KOMMUNE
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
Radhuspladsen 2
8100 Arhus C
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

Partners (6)

UNIVERSIDAD PONTIFICIA BOLIVARIANA Corporacion sin animo de lucro - UPB
Colombia
Address
Circular - Laureles 1 - N70
Medellin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Po Box 1847
47402 Bloomington
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BROCK UNIVERSITY
Canada
Address
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
L2S 3A1 St. Catharines Ontario
Activity type
Other
Exploratorium

Participation ended

United States
Address
Pier 15/17
94111 San Francisco
Activity type
Other
Victoria University
Australia
Address
Cnr Mills Close And Ballarat Road
3011 Footscray
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
University of California, Berkeley
United States
Address
Department Of Plant And Microbial Biology
94720 Berkeley, Ca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)