Notes from Bucharest

Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, University of Akureyri, Iceland Trials, errors and successes I arrived in Bucharest after an 18 hours trip from Akureyri in late October. This was my first trip to Romania, and to Bucharest. I did not know much about the city, mainly that it was known for being the home of the largest…

Makerspaces and Icelandic pre-schools

Anna Elísa Hreiðarsdóttir is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the School of Education, University of Akureyri. Anna is a participant in the MakEY project and last October/November spent a month in Bucharest Romania, where she visited schools and makerspaces and participated as a guest in a workshop with the Romanian team.  Her research interests are in…

The Maker Production Line: From Authors’ Narratives to Students’ Craft

By Jennifer Rowsell and Amélie Lemieux, Brock University In line with Blum-Ross and Livingstone’s latest blog post on how parents play an important role in children’s making processes, we continue the blog post series by sharing the outcomes of a recent research project, Maker Literacies, that involves a teacher (Melissa Turcotte), an author (Frieda Wilshinsky),…

Makerspaces: how parents support young children’s learning

Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics Although the learning of young children is prioritised in the MaKEY project, it also involves understanding the different roles played by the adults who ‘facilitate’ children’s experiences, including teachers, maker educators and, crucially, parents and caregivers, who not only ‘broker’ young children’s making by bringing them in…

Creating an App for our Virtual Reality Research

by Deborah Rodrigues Moreira, Fab Lab Berlin/ Gluck Workshops After unpacking our VR equipment, installing and then holding a session in which the technology was tested (very well documented by our friend Anca Velicu on this post), Dylan, Justyna and me managed to organise a trial workshop in Berlin. It was back in August and…

Light Play at a Pop-Up Makerspace, Sheffield Children’s Library

By Mark Shillitoe, Maker Educator (see: https://about.me/markshillitoe) I recently joined the MakEY project for an event at Sheffield Children’s Library organised as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. Joining various making oriented explorations, we took over the space of the children’s library inviting participants to play, hack and engage with both digital and analog experiments as…

Exploring Makerspaces, Mediation & Transformative Literacies in Berlin & Quebec

By Michalis Kontopodis – http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/kontopodism Communication is nowadays taking place through interactive, mobile and online platforms that enable the speedy distributed production and circulation of multimedia designs across different institutional, geographical and community spaces. In this frame, as elucidated in the collective volume “Global Youth in Digital Trajectories“, the boundaries between life online and life offline…