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Makerspaces in the early years

Enhancing digital literacy and creativity (MakEY)

20.04.2018 | Klaus Thestrup

Dato man 11 jun
Tid 15:00 17:30
Sted Jens Chr. Schous vej 4, building 1483, room 344, 8000 Aarhus

This is a public seminar which explores the findings of an EU-funded project (H2020 RISE) in which makerspaces for young children have been introduced in seven EU countries and the USA in both formal and non-formal educational settings.

Makerspaces are spaces that enable participants to create a range of artefacts using specialist tools and resources, such as electronics, laser cutters and 3D printers.

There has been an interest in recent years in the 'Maker' movement, which celebrates tinkering, hacking and D-I-Y projects. However, the needs of children aged under eight have not been considered widely in this work, an issue which MakEY aims to address.

In the seminar, you will find out about the main findings from the project to date, hear from an invited panel of international scholars from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Holland and the USA on their related work, and engage in an open plenary session in which some of the issues raised in this work can be discussed.

The event will be in English and has the form of a lecture, a panel discussion and a poster session. The poster session will demonstrate practical examples and the various projects being carried out at present.

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  • Prof Jackie Marsh, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Associate Prof Kjetil Sandvik, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Associate Prof Klaus Thestrup, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

Panel members:

  • Dr Anne Burke, Professor of Literacy Education at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Dr Raúl Alberto Mora, Professor of Literacy Studies at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia
  • Dr Kylie Peppler, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University
  • Dr Lisa Regalla, Deputy Director, Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, USA
  • Prof Jennifer Rowsell, Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University, Canada
  • Mark Shillitoe, Maker Educator, Rotterdam
  • Prof Nicola Yelland, Professor of Early Childhood Studies at Flinders University, Australia


15.00 – 15.10 Introduction and aims of the seminar / Klaus Thestrup

15.10 – 15.40 Overview of MakEY / Jackie Marsh

15.40 – 16.25 Poster session
All MakEY projects talk to a poster. Particiants walk around to see the presentations. Coffee will be served during the poster session.

16.25 – 17.20 Reflections from the international speakers on MakEY in relation to their own work (six speakers for five mins each, 25 mins for questions)

17.20 – 17.30 Closing remarks


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