eCraft2Learn

- eCraft2Learn -

Digital Fabrication and Maker Movement in Education: Making Computer-supported Artefacts from Scratch

eCraft2Learn is a H2020 two-year project that seeks to create and test a learning environment aimed at secondary school students and their teachers, enabling digital-era maker movement and craft-based pedagogy as part of the learning process. For instance, the learning environment makes it possible to carry out various robotics and technology projects all the way from the design and manufacturing of components, to the final interactive artefact instead of resorting to readily available construction kits.

The edTech lab, UEF secured significant funding from the EU for the creation of this learning environment that supports novel technology education and for the development of the teaching methods sustaining its use. Led by Professor Markku Tukiainen, the edTech research group at the UEF School of Computing coordinates the eCraft2Learn project lunched on January 1st, 2017. The project is managed and coordinated by Dr. Calkin Suero Montero at edTech research group. eCraft2Learn is a research and innovation action (RIA) project involving a consortium of 12 European universities and companies. In addition to the School of Computing, Professor Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl's research group from the UEF School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education is also participating in the project.

The technological learning environment to be created in the eCraft2Learn project brings together tools of digital design, 3D printing, electronics and programming, and makes them available through a single, pedagogically sound ecosystem. Earlier, several different tools and software were needed to carry out similar tasks. Often, these tools were designed for the needs of advanced-level users and professionals, making them too difficult to use in a school setting.

The eCraft2Learn project secured nearly 2 million euros of funding from the EU’s prestigious Horizon2020 programme. In addition to the University of Eastern Finland, the project includes partners from Sweden, the UK, Austria, Greece and Italy. The project was successful in a very strict and competitive international evaluation, as only four projects from among nearly 100 proposals were selected by the European Commission.

EU Cordis website: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/206165_en.html

Project website: http://project.ecraft2learn.eu

For more information, contact the project coordinator Dr Calkin Suero Montero calkins at uef dot fi