maker education

Maker education (a term coined by Dale Dougherty in 2013) closely associated with STEM learning, is an approach to problem-based and project-based learning that relies upon hands-on, often collaborative, learning experiences as a method for solving authentic problems. People who participate in making often call themselves "makers" of the Maker Movement and develop their projects in Makerspaces, or development studios which emphasize prototyping and the repurposing of found objects in service of creating new inventions or innovations.

 

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Vrijdag 13 december vindt de eerste editie van de Culturele Maakkaravaan plaats in het Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Lees hier meer over het programma.

 

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Waag celebrates the 25th anniversary and to celebrate we are highlighting different themes in our work in the video series 25 years of impact.

 

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Waag collaborates with the City of Amsterdam in the project Culturele Maakkaravaan to explore and improve the relationship between Amsterdam citizens and the digital city.

 

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On Thursday September 12th, the sixth location of Maakplaats 021 opened its doors at OBA Javaplein.

 

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Amsterdam 021 will open the sixth makerspace in Amsterdam Oost, at OBA Javaplein. Time to celebrate it with the neighbourhood!

 

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We have a book tip for all makers and hobbyists from our maker educators: The Art of Tinkering.

 

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There will be five new 'Maakplaatsen' in Amsterdam in the coming years. That will bring the total to 11 locations.

 

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Put your organisation on the SySTEM 2020 map and have a chance for a free pass to the Ecsite conference in June 2019.

 

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Max shares insights after the first DO IT workshop series in which we worked co-creatively with childeren in makerspaces across Europe.

 

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Waag is on a mission to map Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts en Mathematics (STEAM) education outside the classroom.

 

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Wondering how the Big Maakplaats weekend looked like? View the photo report of our workshops.

 

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Waag is one of the partners in the Brave New Learning Conference 2019 that will be held at OBA Amsterdam 11-12 February.

 

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On Saturday, January 12, 2019 a new Maakplaats 021 opens in OBA CC Amstel for children and parents from the neighbourhood!

 

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Waag will start the first pilot of the project DOIT Europe at the Maakplaats Slotermeer.

 

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"We see pupils as inventors who learn to design and implement their ideas using modern technology", says Karien Vermeulen on the topic of maker education.

 

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The Maakplaats 021 Fellowship programme is a unique training for primary and secondary education teachers from Amsterdam. 

 

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The Maakplaats 021 Fellowship programme is a unique training for primary and secondary education teachers from Amsterdam.

 

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This blog by Rolf Hut is based on his keynote presentation at the FabLearn conference in Eindhoven on September 28th 2018.

 

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From November 1st, the maker spaces of Maakplaats 021 have a brand new hotspot location, this time at OBA Ganzenhoef in Amsterdam!

 

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A fantastic attendance at the first FabLearn education conference in the Netherlands: about 800 people from education and libraries visited this day on September 28!

 

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During the first FabLearn conference in the Netherlands six research papers were published on maker education.

 

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The personal highlights of Karien Vermeulen at the FabLearn education conference in Eindhoven on 28 September. With international speakers, masterclasses, 45 education providers, break-out sessions, paper presentations and more!

 

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Have a look which makers, innovators and speakers were part of the programme of the first Dutch Fablearn education conference.

 

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We interviewed Karien Vermeulen about the importance of maker education and learning by making. It connects children's creativity with technology in order to contribute to knowledge construction instead of knowledge transfer.

 

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Are you passionate about creativity, technology and maker education? Visit the FabLearn Conference in September.

 

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From September 28, MakerEducation.nl organises the FabLearn Conference for Dutch education.

 

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The largest national maker movement festival in the Netherlands presents the best in the maker movement.

 

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Behind all the maker spaces at the public libraries in Amsterdam lies a tireless team of manufacturing coaches.

 

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28-05-2018

Waag Makerbox

By making it yourself, you learn better how 'things' and 'systems' are put together and you can get creative with technology yourself.

 

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Last week I was part of Steamconf 2018 Barcelona where innovative teachers and educators gathered.

 

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Cultural institutes and schools and increasingly interested in maker education. Waag offers workshops throughout the country.

 

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30-03-2018

Maker festival

MakerEducation.nl and Maker Faire Eindhoven presented the best that the maker industry and maker education have to offer.

 

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'What would make your neighbourhood better or nicer and how would you design this?' Hannah de Bruijn went to the opening of the fourth Maakplaats.

 

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The biggest Maker festival of the Netherlands is coming up. Everyone who wants to learn by making, is welcome.

 

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The Waag team involved in the DO IT project was in Billund, Denmark: home of LEGO and a cradle for ideas about learning through play.

 

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Karien Vermeulen from Waag's Creative Learning Lab, will present and host a workshop at Steamconf 2018 Barcelona on April 19-21st.

 

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As a kick-off to the 'Maakplaats' fellowship programme we showed teachers the possibilities of maker education and techniques such as 3D designing, programming and vinyl- and lasercutting.

 

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Karen van der Moolen will speak at the Copenhagen Maker festival on the topic 'Creating Maker Mindsets?" on 8 September 2017.

 

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Karien Vermeulen from Waag’s Creative Learning Lab will present our best practices in maker education at the Design for Peace summit in London.

 

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On Thursday April 28th, Robin van Westen and Karien Vermeulen will present at FabLearn Denmark.

 

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On May 14 and 15 2016, Fab Initiative in collaboration with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade, Serbia, is organizing FaBelgrade 2016. FABelgrade 2016 is the 1st conference in Serbia and the region dedicated to promotion of digital fabrication and Fablab concept and their application in various fields.

 

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On 21 April, Waag will host the third Educators and Tech NL meetup for two great presentations about teaching programming (by Lieke Boon) and maker education (by Waag's Creative Learning Lab).

 

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Teachers in Dutch education can get acquainted with the newest maker technologies at Teacher Maker Camp.

 

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Join us for this symposium organized by the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where head of our Creative Learning Lab: Karien Vermeulen will talk about the Maker Movement in education.

 

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New activities that are taking place in Maakplaats 021, spread out over three locations in Amsterdam, are now open for application.

 

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On the first of March, children in the age of 8 till 14 can follow a workshop at the Fablab of the Library Amstelland.

 

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On 13 December, 2017, the final workshop of FabSchool took place at the Waag, where children demonstrated their sustainable solutions.

 

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Teacher Maker Camp is an inspiring technical and creatively challenging training for teachers and library staff.

 

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This meeting is for participants of our Teacher Maker Camps only.

 

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This meeting is for participants of our Teacher Maker Camps only.

 

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After two Summer Schools at the Waag building in Amsterdam in the past years, a third Summer Academy was organised on location this year. Earlier participants of the Hout- en Meubileringscollege (HMC) created together with Waag a programme to share their knowledge and experiences with their colleagues.

 

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We will be organising a great maker festival in 2018 with many partners for Dutch education. The maker festival will be a showcase of what the maker movement in The Netherlands has to offer.

 

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A new and special training for teachers this fall: the Maakplaats 021 fellowship.

 

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Per-Ivar Kloen and Arjan van der Meij will host a Maker Education Meetup during the Eindhoven Maker Faire on September 1st.

 

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On Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October our European partners will visit Amsterdam and the Waag for the kick-off of the new EU project called DO IT.

 

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22-08-2017

DO IT

DO IT contributes to youth employment and to create new jobs in the social economy by nurturing in young pupils seeds for active social innovation: entrepreneurial mind-sets, knowhow and skills.

 

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On 21 September, Probiblio, OBA and Waag are organising a so-called 'Kenniscirkel' metting on maker education for library staff. This event is Dutch spoken. More information can be found at the Dutch version of this event page.

 

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For the third year, we are organising a Summerschool for the Dutch Hout en Meubileringscollege (HMC), at the branch in Rotterdam (21-23 Aug) and in Amsterdam (28-30 Aug).

 

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Teacher Maker Camp wants to give teachers a chance to develop their maker mindset and skills

 

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A 'Maakplaats' is a maker space at one of the Amsterdam public libraries (OBA), containing a similar set of machines as a Fablab. Not so visible for the public is the training programme for employees of the municipal public libraries we organise. We are training a whole new team of coaches that will run the maker spaces at the OBA libraries.

 

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To school librarians in the latest make techniques, Waag has developed the Librarian Maker Camp.

 

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On 2 and 3 September, the Maker Faire Eindhoven will be held at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven (Strijp-S). During Eindhoven Maker Faire you will meet robots, drones, technology, new techniques, amazing inventions and a colorful mix of projects.

 

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OBA, HvA, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag have won the NSVP / GAK SkiLLLsChallenge 2017 with a plan for a Fellowship programme for teachers within the project Amsterdam Maakplaats 021.

 

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The recently published fifth edition of the digital magazine 'Mediawijs in het onderwijs' (Media literacy in education) covers the topic of maker education in The Netherlands.

 

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Maakplaats Reigersbos will open on July 6th, 2017. This will mark the second Maakplaats in Amsterdam, at OBA Reigersbos.

 

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The world needs a new generation of critical makers and designers. Maker education can help with that.

 

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At the Fablearn conference in Denmark we hosted a workshop on our educational programme ‘Who is the boss of the Internet?’ and presented our collaboration with the Amsterdam Public Library to develop 10 maker spaces.

 

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25-04-2017

Makers week

The Dutch Platform Maker Education in cooperation with Mediawijzer.net are organising a maker week in The Netherlands in May.

 

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Platform Maker Education and Mediawijzer.net are organising a maker week in The Netherlands in May. Share your creations!

 

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A Dutch symposium called ‘Op zoek naar jong talent!’ ("Looking for young talent") on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at the OBA in Amsterdam.

 

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On Thursday 9 March 2017, Platform Maker Education organizes an evening for Dutch educators in collaboration with STEMTeacherLab of the Fontys Lerarenopleiding in Tilburg.

 

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On February 3rd, the first 'Maakplaats' of the Amsterdam 021 project opened its doors at the Waterlandplein in Amsterdam North. This is a maker space for young inventors at the OBA (public library).

 

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Maakplaats 021 will open the first makerspace in Noord, at OBA Waterlandplein. Time to celebrate with the neighbourhood!

 

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021 Maakplaats Amsterdam is a scale-up of our years of pioneering activities and efforts in the maker movement en maker education.

 

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A Dutch translation of the book 'Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom' by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager has been published.

 

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We are proud to share the launch of our program ‘Amsterdam 021, make your future,’ in which the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA), digital pioneer Waag / FabLab Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam join forces to give every child the change to become an inventor.

 

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Design, build and discover creative technology. In September 2017, we started the third series of FabSchool of this year, the after-school activity at our Fablab. FabSchool is learning by making.

 

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This workshop at the Dutch Design Week is for both pupils and teachers to build their own equipment to enrich maker education. Dutch spoken.

 

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Karien Vermeulen (Creative Learning Lab) will speak at the inspiration session 'Makerswereld & Makerspaces" in Leeuwarden on 22 September 2016.

 

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To further aid the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands, research is of importance. Commissioned by Platform Maker Education, two partner research groups have conducted a survey of maker education in the Dutch context.

 

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This year we are organizing another Summerschool for 40 teachers of the Hout- en Meubileringscollege (HMC) in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

 

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June 22nd, a night to celebrate the future of Maker Education in The Netherlands was organized in The Hague, on which the results of the first (half) year of Platform Maker Education were presented.

 

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It’s been a month full of travelling and meeting new people, for the Creative Learning Lab. After our visit to FabLearn in Denmark, we were invited to FABelgrade in Serbia. FABelgrade is the first FabLab conference in Serbia, organised by the people of FabInitiative, Polyhedra and Fablab Belgrade.

 

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On June 22nd, an evening about the future of maker education in The Netherlands will be organized, including the results of the first (half) year Platform Maker Education, that aims to stimulate maker education in The Netherlands.

 

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We, Robin van Westen and Karien Vermeulen, were invited to visit and present at FabLearn Denmark in Aarhus and Silkeborg. The conference brought together educators, Fablab crews, researchers and people from municipalities to share work and look towards the future of maker education.

 

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Hundreds of Dutch teachers were granted vouchers from Platform Maker Education, which they will use in order to learn about maker education and on how to make this work in their class rooms.

 

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Seven students from three different educational programmes of the ROC of Amsterdam collaborated in the project Crossover Experience.

 

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In 2015, we organized the first Teacher Maker Camp at the Waag's Fablab. In this four-day pressure cooker, the participants could start making themselves with our digital machines. And most of them experienced this event as highly inspiring and valuable, as we could evaluate from their reactions afterwards.

 

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Maker education for all just got one step closer. On February 11th, Platform Maker Education launched its website, makereducation.nl, at the Balie in Amsterdam.

 

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Our partners Arjan van der Meij and Per- Ivar Kloen won the IPON award 2016. As ambassadors of the maker education movement, they received the encouragement award.

 

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An evening about maker education in The Netherlands, with the launch of the online Platform Maker Education at De Balie in Amsterdam.

 

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11-01-2016

Make It day

On 20 January, Karien Vermeulen will present the Platform Maker Education and the Teacher Maker Camp.

 

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11-01-2016

IPON 2016

On Wednesday 3 February, Mariska Hamelink and Karien Vermeulen of Waag's Creative Learning Lab will give a presentation about 'Maker Education: every child an inventor' during the IPON education fair at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

 

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On Firday 11 December 2015, the first national work conference of the Platform Maker Education took place at MakerSchool X11 in Utrecht.

 

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Maker education is the focus of the January edition of the Dutch magazine for educational professionals, Prima. Besides an article and interview with Arjan van der Meij and more on science and technology in the classroom, it also contains an article by our Karien Vermeulen about the Teacher Maker Camp we organized.

 

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The first national (work) conference of the Dutch Platform Maker Education will take place on Friday 11 December 2015. The initiators of this platform, Arjan van de Meij, Jeroen de Boer and Karien Vermeulen, have invited pioneers and experts in the field of maker education to participate.

 

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Waag’s Creative Learning Lab organised a 4-day professional development course for teachers about maker education. Teachers did get acquainted with the newest maker technologies—like digital fabrication, 3D printing, electronics, and programming. But most of all, they did get to experience being a learner again. They were inspired, and could make what they always wanted to make.

 

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Changing 33 teachers into makers in just four days? Together with Kristina Andersen, Bart Bakker, Thieu Besselink and the wonderful people of FabKlas, Waag’s Creative Learning Lab accepted this challenge during the Teacher Maker Camp 2015.

 

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The Platform Maker Education has gained support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote maker education in The Netherlands. The Ministry will push the concept 'learning by making' with this move, which will mean that more schools in The Netherlands can integrate makers education in their lessons.

 

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Platform Maker Education gave an impuls to the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands.

 

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In the first Teacher Maker Camp (HMC Summerschool) for maker education, it was all about creativity, enthusiasm for making, DIY and the eagerness to learn. To inspire teachers, but also to train them in the skills needed for the 21st century. For four days, they became pupils again.

 

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Robin van Westen (Project developer) will give a workshop on 6 October 2015 about the project 'Juf in de Wolken' at the education congress Making Shift Happen, the Future of Learning in Amsterdam.

 

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Twenty teachers of the college for woodworking, furniture and interior followed a tailored made summerschool at Fablab Amsterdam.

 

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Openthings formed a platform for designers who wanted to go beyond consuming and become prosumers.

 

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During the HMC Summerschool 20 teachers of the HMC vocational college for woodworking, furniture and interior design will work for four days in our Fablab in Amsterdam

 

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In two schools in The Netherlands, we examine semi-plug 'n play materials you can put to use in the classroom. Such materials contribute to knowledge construction rather than just knowledge transfer.

 

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In cooperation with The Learning Lab, De Balie, and several experts, Waag’s Creative Learning Lab organizes a 4-day professional development course for teachers about maker education.

 

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Waag’s Creative Learning Lab annually organizes a professional development course for teachers in maker education.

 

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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.

 

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During the FabSchool Kids workshops, the young participants discover a world of 3D printers, programming, and advanced graphic design applications. Four of these workshops have already taken place, so the kids are now busy building and designing their own inventions.

 

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Could 3D-printers, FabLabs, and Makey Makey’s be incorporated into the education system? These are all examples of tools and initiatives linked to the ‘learning by making’ philosophy. But what does this new teaching method mean exactly? And, more importantly, what is the added value of including 'maker education’ in the regular education system? These subjects and questions were the main focus of the FabSchool event on September 24, 2014. More than 70 teachers, makers, and other interested parties came to the Waag to talk about recent developments in the field of education.

 

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FabSchool.nl - learning by making, initiated by Waag in collaboration with Rotslab, gives an impulse to creativity and making.

 

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In our rapidly changing society and economy we need a new vision on the subjects of 'learning' and 'educational environments'. 'The Open Call: educational environments for inventors, thinkers and workers' was organized to stimulate improvement in education in combination with creativity.

 

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Karien Vermeulen (Creative Learning Lab) spreekt op het seminar 'Onderwijs & Innovatie' op 27 mei 2014. Haar lezing heeft als thema 'Leren door te maken, creativiteit en technologie'.

 

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Once a year, at the beginning of the new school year, we organize an open day for education. On 3 October 2012 we welcomed everyone in the Waag building to get acquainted with our projects and educational trends.