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Basic Workshop Concept for the First Workshop

Target Audience

- 20 girls and boys 9 to 13 years old
- No prior knowledge, no prerequisites needed
- No consideration of specific origin or milieu

The first workshop will focus on the topic of bags. Bags can be created in various ways enriched and made “intelligent” with sensors, actuators and the Arduino Boards. Possible ideas can be for instance security sports bags, glowing hand bags, or games fixed to the bags.
Children develop imaginations and fantasies surrounding the topic and conceive project ideas which are implemented subsequently with the help of the tutors. In the end the results are presented. The workshop process will be divided into stages at different stations as follows:

Workshop Stations

1. Fantasies
2. Technology (Hardware/Software) + Material
3. Imagination
4. Conception + Construction
5. Pesentation


Date: 5 days from 01.04.07 – 05.04.07 (Easter holidays)
Place: Youth Hostel Bremen (including overnight stays and program for the evenings)
Carers and staff: 4 Tutors + 2 responsible carers for the nights + EduWear partners Boras and Bremen

Pedagogical Objectives

- Foster personal development of children
- Foster abilities in solidarity
- Mediate participation with designing the world
- Offer access to Digital Media and its algorithms by making them tangible, open and mouldable

Technological Objectives

Experiencing the deployment of Arduino Microcontrollers
- How will children cope with the Arduino Technology?
- What problems will they face in implementing while using new technology?
- Will children stick to their ideas or will they built variant artefacts instead?

Experiencing the deployment of the graphical programming environment Arduino Blocks

- Will children cope with the interface?
- What strategies will they develop while using the interface?

Insights for the further development of the Arduino-technology toward a Smart Textile Kit

Workshop issues by Deirdre, Tomas and Tunde

Hello EduWear partners!

After the kick off meeting the Workshop group sat together and tried to solve some basic issues that came up during our discussions in Bremen. So these were:

Duration of workshops:

We have 30 hours planned for each workshop (5×6 hours), but that is probably too much. In all participating countries it could be a problem to get the teachers and the children out of the school for a whole week. Usually the workshops and teacher training events last about 20 hours. We could do it in the following way:
- have a weekend workshop (2×8 hours),
- organize the workshops during the summer holidays,
- run the workshops in the afternoons when both children and teachers have more time (4×5 hours).

We can spend at least 20 hours working with them (“contact time” as Deirdre stated) and leave them to “play along” with the kit for another 10 hours. In this way we could fulfill the “30 hours lasting workshop” plan.

Chidlren working in the classrooms:

The children should work in small groups – up to 5 pupils in each of them. With the average number of students in the classroom between 20-30 we need up to 6 separate kits, or one kit containing enough material to share between 5-6 groups.

There were also some questions concerning the Construction kits:

Should the Kit contain also other materials? Should it contain also some tools (scissors etc?)

We agreed that to keep the cost of the Kit low it should only contain materials that are not usually available in the classroom. The teachers/children should bring their own art&craft materials from home (some maybe available in the schools too).

There was also a question whether we should prepare various versions of the kit for different target groups (age etc.), but so far we should focus on one version designated for 10-14 years old children.

Please post your ideas, comments or proposals here…