The primary aims of this collaborative project are to: (i) further research and innovation in the area of young children’s digital literacy and creative design skills in order to contribute to Europe’s future competitiveness and growth; (ii) develop project participants’ skills in research and knowledge creation and thus increase research capacity and enhance career prospects; (iii) develop a network of researchers, creative industry professionals and educators who can collaborate to develop educational materials and tools to foster children’s digital literacy and design skills and (iv) offer recommendations for research, policy and practice (in industry and education) about the way in which makerspaces for 3-8 year-olds can be developed in both non-formal and formal learning spaces in order that young children can develop the skills and knowledge required for the digital age. A primary aim of the project, therefore, is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the makerspace sector, enabling SMEs in this area to develop robust business models and appropriate resources for engaging in work with children in liaison with both non-formal and formal institutions.
The project has four key objectives, which are to:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the role of makerspaces in the formal and non-formal educational experiences of children and young people.
- Undertake empirical research to determine how makerspaces can foster the digital literacy and creativity skills and knowledge of young children.
- Develop a conceptual framework for analysing young children’s engagement in makerspaces.
- 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 such as libraries and museums.
You can learn more about the project by visiting our website: http://makeyproject.eu