What is MakEY?

‘Makerspaces in the early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity’ (MakEY) is a 30 month project funded by the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme.It runs from January 2017 – June 2019. The project aims to further research and innovation in the area of young children’s digital literacy and creative design skills.Research projects will be undertaken in seven EU countries (Denmark, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Romania, UK) and the USA in which staff working in makerspaces (including hacklabs and Fab Labs) will collaborate with academics to identify the benefits and challenges of running makerspace workshops in both formal (nurseries and schools) and informal (museums and libraries) educational settings. The research team will work in partnership with academics in Australia, Canada, Colombia, South Africa and the USA, creating a global network of scholars who will work together to further understanding of the role of makerspaces in developing young children’s digital literacy and creativity.

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