Makerspaces for Lifelong Learning – MAKE

Integrating makerspaces into the Nordic education systems

A makerspace is a workspace where people create digital and physical objects, often through collaboration. Makerspaces often function as centers for peer learning and knowledge sharing. The MAKE project explores how the makerspace model(s) can be better integrated into the education systems in four Nordic countries.

Both our professional and everyday lives increasingly require competencies in collaboration, problem-solving, and how to use digital technologies. These competencies are central parts of makerspaces. The MAKE project’s key aims are: What can we learn from makerspaces across formal and informal situations, and how can this knowledge be transferred successfully to formal education in the Nordic countries?

The MAKE project brings together a multidisciplinary team from the areas of learning, educational, and computer sciences and an SME which develops digital technologies. The research group aims to provide research-based, innovative and scalable pedagogical models for all ages, from primary school to higher education, that provide inclusive uses for makerspaces.

Application area: Smart Learning

Partners: Aalborg University, Arduino Verkstad AB, City of Oulu, Malmö University, University of Oulu, and the University of Tartu.

Project period: 2018–

Funding: The project is funded by Nordplus and the collaborating partners.

Contact: The project is coordinated by the University of Oulu. IOTAP is represented by Daniel Spikol.

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