On Tuesday 4 November 2014, children made a statement about 'Learning by making' in education in the Dutch parliament by using 3-D printers. How can we stimulate the development of skills that are needed for tomorrow's world? Together with educational experts, makers and the business world we presented a petition that pleads for more creativity and DIY technology in the classroom.
Fablabs and other maker spaces contribute to the development of the creative potential of The Netherlands. With their way of working they have to offer something to pupils and students - the connection between creativity and technology, the learning of 21st century skills. In many different places schools are already experimenting with learning by making. It is time to give this a more structural place within education. That's why we presented our petition to the commission of Education, Culture & Science of the House of Parliament.
The full text of the petition is available in Dutch. Please turn to the Dutch page of this page.
Marleen Stikker Waag, Karien Vermeulen Creative Learning Lab, Waag, Henk van Zeijts Rotslab Coöperatie UA, Michiel Lucassen X11, school voor Grafimedia, Jeroen de Boer FabLab Benelux/FryskLab, Dr. Peter Troxler Fabtolk / Hogeschool Rotterdam, Arjan van der Meij De Populier / Fabklas, Per-Ivar Kloen De Populier / FabKlas, Astrid Poot Fonk Amsterdam, Leen van Wijngaarden De Maakschappij, Remco Pijpers Stichting Kennisnet / Mijn Kind Online, Wietse van Bruggen Stichting Kennisnet, Carla van den Brandt BDF Advies, Rik Seveke De Balie Amsterdam, Thieu Besselink The Learning Lab, Merit Tieman Kalsbeek College Woerden, Paul van Roekel Alkwin College, Maykel Roovers Openbare Scholengemeenschap Bijlmermeer, Els Wijnen Montessori College Oost, Emer Beamer Unexpect, Global Children's Designathon, Milja Kruijt Openzee, Daan van Geijlswijk InTribes, Astrid Lubsen Open Design Lab, Waag, Sjoerd Dirk Meijer iQMaak, Iris Douma Cabind, Annelies Wiggers CLC Arnhem, Frits Hoff FabLab Maastricht/FabLab Benelux, Berry Nieskens Hyperion Lyceum, Martin Hazelaar De Populier, Robin Platjouw SKPO Slingertouw, Peter Hilhorst E-Nemo, Marieke Hermans Captain Dragon, Helen Fermate Scratch2013BCN, S.K. van Alten Hogeschool Rotterdam.