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Open Call
“Making Education Makers at Home!”

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Call for Educational Distributed Designs

Fablab Benfica at the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic of Lisbon, Distributed Design Market Platform - co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and,
the Fab Foundation would like to invite to submit your Open Educational Products and Resources to be listed in and promoted through the channels generated by the Fabschools Initiative and all its partners.

Open until the 15th of September 2020

Challenge

We are looking for sustainable and engaging products and/or lessons open for collaboration and use and adaptable to the local and domestic contexts.

For that, We are inviting designers, makers, and educators to present projects at any phase of its development: From tested solutions to well-presented concepts.
The challenge is to bring the virtues and values of Distributed Design into helping educators and other educational agents to adapt to these new contexts and scenarios in a usable and engaging way. The proposal should also address the model of fabrication and distribution.

We are looking for educational products or activities based on physical materials. The design proposals must be self-explanatory and integrate answers to the questions raised above. This challenge targets K12 and is divided into two main categories:

A Lesson centered on learning through making. The output of the class should be a tangible object which should also be able to mobilize more than one school subject;
An educational product. Tangible, easy to fabricate. It can come out of a Fablab or in the format of kit for home assemblage. The product should promote learning through interaction in a challenging way.

>> let's do this! I wan't to know more! <<

Context

The School is trying to look beyond its walls in many ways. Stepping outside that frontier is a matter of study and experiences by many. Some authors recommend an ecosystemic approach by advocating distributed learning amongst diverse contexts, places, resources and products. To place the School in that ecosystem is an essential and complex reflection.
How can we design the School beyond its walls?

The promoters of this call have been working and researching about these for quite a while! The urgency of the moment, motivated by the COVID-19 crisis, brought all together.
The goal is to engage the Maker community, through its members, spaces and collectives of designers, artists, engineers and educators. Most are already deeply committed to the fight against COVID. Some are already focusing on the specifics of Maker education.
This call embeds the collective will of mapping and incentivizing the creation of new projects and educational practices that look at the domestic environment as an alternative (or extension) to formal education.

The call is an invitation for designers and other creatives to think about and present new products and educational resources for families at home. The proposals should be very clear about the way families or caregivers are integrated into the learning process. The way the users/makers access and use materials and the origin and sustainability of the material and technological options in these terms is also highly valued.

Therefore, we incentivize you to follow the Distributed Design values:
. Open Source;
. Sustainable production and consumption;
. Ecosystemic by connecting online and offline and consequently creation and “making”.

Alquimetricos Toys
Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Prizes

A final selection of ten projects will form an exhibition tour;

We will select two projects for presentation at our Distributed Design Summer School.

The same two selected project teams will get a mentorship plan by Fablab Benfica which will also cover further development and communication costs up to 700 € per project.

Both designers or teams will also be awarded a Free Wikifactory subscription each.

!! (More to be announced soon…) !!

Alquimetricos is one of our biggest references, a project we'll keep following.

OUR ACTIVITIES:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wikifactory Workshop - 03/07/2020 - 16:00 WET;

Alquimétricos Workshop - 20/07/2020 - 16:00 WET;

Q&A Session with the Fabschools Team / DDMP - 07/2020;

more TBA!!!;

Deadline for Applications 15th of September

PAST EVENTS


Application

A. We will accept 2 types of submission:

A product that:

. can be easily made by a child (under12) or educator, and in which the making, changing or customizing embeds learning;
. is documented on Wikifactory and openly licensed, in order to allow others to use and change/adapt;
. is clear about what areas of knowledge it is addressing and what an under12 child could learn through its use/play;
. contributes to sustainability and addresses one or more UN Sustainable Development Goal;
. includes quality documentation and is clear about production, costs, equipment, safety and the educator’s aid and/or intervention in all stages.

A lesson that:

. is centred on designing, making, customising, finishing and/or reconfiguring a physical artefact;
. is documented on ScopesDF and openly licensed, in order to allow others to use and change/adapt;
. is clear about what areas of knowledge it is addressing and what an under12 child could learn from the process;
. contributes to sustainability and addresses one or more UN Sustainable Development Goal;
. includes quality documentation and is clear about production, costs, equipment and safety.

B. If any of your projects meet the previous requirements, feel free to apply through this form:

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