Let’s go blow off some STEAM!
STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and is actually the lingua franca of our modern World. We live, work and play in a society in which technology is becoming more and more important. For that, we believe that education should give it equal weight to the humanities, communication and languages, science, arts and physical education. In the end, we need our schools to prepare our children for their future. Schools need to train our children with all the competencies they need to be autonomous, critical and happy citizens to tackle the challenges of their time. We believe that with the addition of Arts to STEM curricula, we can engage people to learn, be curious about and creative with science and technology.
All the tools that we sell are tools that we use ourselves in workshops, makethlons and bootcamps for kids and young people. In addition to the making of physical things we also pay a lot attention to creating multimedia stuff and ICT. Scratch, mBlock, codecademy, MIT App Inventor, just to name a few are great tools to learn programming!
In January 2014 we started a pilot project in the high school of Erpe-Mere (Belgium). Together with the science-teacher we gave workshops on CAD design, 3D printing, laser cutting, programming, electronics and design thinking. In the end our students made some crazy projects with all these skills – they loved it, and we felt so proud!
Together with the board of the high school, the council of Erpe-Mere and a lot of believers we started up FabLab Erpe-Mere in the summer of 2014. It is an independent non-profit organisation run by volunteers. 3 days a week it is used by the high school and embedded into the STEAM curriculum. Each Wednesday afternoon and -evening it is open and free for everybody. On Friday we organise workshops for pupils from all the primary schools in the neighbourhood and also teambuilding activities for businesses and organisations.
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Watch this documentary about what education should be!