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FunMeiker-ArKIDecture Education to empower children to nurture the sense of aesthetics

location_on Sanxing Township, Taiwan

[ Triple Six-Mission based] Learning approach:

FunMeiker's educational approach is inspired by Architecture education for children. We aim to develop learning methodologies and approaches that is contextualised for Taiwan and the asia region, so as to promote interdisciplinary learning and nurture the sense of aesthetics. Our programs aims to facilitate children to develop the mindset of problem solving, life-long learning and adaptability.



HundrED has selected this innovation to







November 22nd, 2022
We journey with children to discover the beauty of our world and to nurture them with relevant life skills and is to build their confidence, competency and positive attitude to life long learning.

About the innovation

FunMeiker's Triple Six Mission Based Educational Framework | 玩美客 【666】任務式教學法

The SPARK | 初衷

Four years ago in 2015, my eldest daughter, age 6, was interested in the architectural model that I was building for a residential development project.

She was curious and excited to find out about the design model I was working on. Her attitude towards the design model left a strong impression on me. Working on the design model was a stressful task for me. However, in the eyes of my daughter, the daunting work was viewed as a fun and a pure joy. Just like her favourite dollhouse! Then, she took a few tools that I was using and started building her own version of the design model.

Soon after, our fourth child was born. The responsibility and pressure of being parents also brought us to face the fact of the 12-year basic education (K-12) for all our children. Therefore, the idea of developing our own children's architectural education began in 2017.

The future of the globalization is full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). In Taiwan, children also face the problem of sub-replacement fertility, employment, competitiveness, educational reform and many other challenges.

Many local education units are eager to break away from the concept of traditional education in Asia and keep up with the trend of the world. In order to reform and develop the original educational, various educational methods called “experimental education” and “flipped classroom” have sprung up like mushrooms. Even if you are not a professional educator, you can feel the negative responses of the educational environment.

As a novice parent, making a decision for your child’s future is like a gamble. We are afraid to miss any opportunities that would improve our child’s competitiveness. We are afraid of losing at the starting point and thus we allow enrichment courses to fill up the children childhood. However, I also bear in mind that the differences in urban and rural resources and the difference of family background have brought a great challenge to Taiwan's basic education.

In May 2017, we were fortunate to meet partners such as BEEP Lab ( Singapore) with the same conviction. We were also very grateful to the owner of the old farm house adjacent to Wanfu elementary school. With the studio space they have kindly provided us with, we now possess the opportunity to start our experiential teaching work with children by developing our own version of an architectural design studio for children . After several discussions with the children, I decided to move them from the Public school in downtown to the Wanfu elementary school that is located in the remote area of Yilan San Xin Township. My wife and I also decided to start up an educational organization known as "FunMeiker" ( inspired by Fun X Maker ) with the partners in Wanfu elementary school.




Core Belief | 理念

Over the last 2 years as FunMeiker experiment with diverse ways to develop lesson plans and workshops, we constantly ask ourselves if we are able to be lean and boots stripe our way to work with existing educational framework. Positioning ourselves as facilitators to assist professional teachers to enhance their options to integrate play and hands on learning methods that are suitable to different types of disciplines such as science, art, technology and national education.

With this goal in mind, we employ the concept of gamification to incorporate core learning goals that teachers are required to impart to their learners, and we work through a collaborative teaching mode to create content, connection and communications that is able to benefit the teachers through design forums and dialogue discussions to foster sharing of educational resources. 

As part of Taiwan's major educational reform to the K-12 education framework for all public schools, three key directives have been established: 

1) Adaptability for future

2) Problem solving ability

3) Lifelong Learning

In our attempt to research and study our predecessors in the field of architecture education for children, we discovered that there are many common denominators in Europan and American's approaches to promote architecture in the K-12 schools. Architecture education for children is no longer about imparting skills or techniques of doing things Its about the ability to approach design thinking, participate in design, develop critical thinking, environmental awareness, problem solving abilities and hand-eye coordinations. And Architecture is considered as a catalyst to consolidate and integrate the essence of diverse discipline. 

Playing is learning is FunMeiker’s core value that aims to inspire children to develop the curiosity and sense of discovery as they learn through playing with mission centric activities that is able to draw out their sense of adventure to discover.

FunMeiker’s root word is when Fun meets Maker, which represent the spirit of making and creating things ourselves and in the process of learning we nurture the appreciation for aesthetics, competency and character. 

In order for us to live out our core values, we established the following framework that enables us to stay true to our cause. Also Known As “ Triple 6 Mission-Based” Learning process.

6 Core Curriculum  | 六生活主題

食   Fun-Diet        【玩美飲食】

衣   Eco-Fashion  【生態時尚】 

住   ArKIDecture  【兒童建築】

行   Mobility         【移動科技】

育   Nurture         【自然素養】

樂   FunErgy        【玩樂能量】


6 Core Competencies | 六核心能力

觀察辨識 | Observation

創意思考 | Design Thinking

手眼協調 | Dexterity

團隊合作 | Collaboration

環境感知 | Spatial Awareness

生態意識 | Environmental Stewardship

6 Phases of approach to design | 六學習階段

定義問題  Define problem

資料收集  Data collection

集體討論  Brainstorming

解決方案  Ideate Solution

 Fun手自造  Prototype design

表達反饋  Show & Tell

Through the mission based approach we want to train our children to be able to think independently , learning how to learn and develop their own approach to collaborate to solve problems.

「玩美客」以讓學童從玩樂的心(Fun)出發為核心精神,透過設定任務遊戲的方式,誘發出自主學習的熱誠。美客(Meiker)音同「Maker」,包含有相同涵義的自製手造精神,但Mei(美)不同於Ma, 是要強調在學習過程中,需培養美感素養的重要性。因此我們以可綜合:觀察辨識/創意思考/手眼協調/團隊合作環/境感知/生態意識六項能力的「建築教育」方法為發展核心,以與日常生活最相關的食(玩美飲食)、衣(生態時尚)、住(兒童建築)、行(移動科技)、育(自然素養)、樂(玩樂能量)六項主題為課程分類,學習過程則分成定義問題、資料收集、集體討論、解決方案、Fun手自造、表達反饋六個階段,並給學童設定任務目標,鼓勵克服問題、自主學習、團隊合作找尋最好答案,稱為玩美客「666任務式教學法(Triple six mission-based learning approach)」。



Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
FunMeiker uses a collaborative teaching mode that enables professionals of different talents to collaborate (uniting different domains). The 6 phases to learning and 6 core competencies involve collaboration and communication skills.
FunMeiker玩美客 has a clear and systematic framework which combines arts education, experiential learning and architecture. It demonstrates good use of space to engage children in making and creating.
- Academy member


Summer and Winter Architecture Camp 寒暑期營隊與校外活動
FunMeiker's Debut Summer Architecture Camp in 2017 created opportunities for children to learn about the diverse roles that are in a construction process. They get to play roles such as an architectural designer, carpenter and brick layers. Learning to build a small shed as a team of four builders. Construction mentors lead and guided the team to observe and develop their sensitivity to make sense of what are the requirements of creating the structure, walls and entrances and window of a small shed. It was through this summer camp that we kick off our core theme frame work of : Fun Diet, Eco-Fashion, Architecture, Mobility, Nurture and FunErgy.


After school Activity | 學校課後社團活動

Over the last 2 years, FunMeiker consistently organises weekly creative workshop as an after school programme for the students for Wan Fu elementary school on Wednesday and Friday afternoon. These after school program are powered by the 6 core themes. And we have develop some of the prototypes during that process. 

Fun Diet Workshop for kids to cook and picnic with local food. 

Eco Fashion for kids to learn about eco plant based natural dye.

Architecture for kids to build survive shed using metal scaffolding.

Mobility for kids build water bottled based rocket launcher. 

Through the after school programme we piloted and created many original experiential learning projects. 


Architect In Residence Project in School | 駐校協同教學計劃

IN 2019 FunMeiker began its collaboration with Wan Fu Elementary School on the annual Artist in school programme, And we have leverage on the opportunity to collaborate with professional teachers to teach the following subjects: Science, Art and Craft, Multi Media and National Education. Through these collaborative platform we take the students out for site visit, architecture tour, community survey and other creative ways to enrich the way children learn and form memories 


Educator Forum and Training | 舉辦培訓課程與研討會

Over the last 2 yeas as we develop our curriculum framework, we constantly ask ourselves if we need to have a drastic transformation of the existing education directives. With that mindset to push the boundaries, we constantly push ourselves to try to test out different ways to innovate the approach and methodologies. Through Gamification, we allow our learners to enjoy learning while playing. And using the aesthetics and beauty around us we are able to empower them to see the interactivity of our built environment and the knowledge we learn. 

We also try to train and equip ourselves with cutting edge training approach and position ourselves as lifelong learners. Organise educator forums, sharing and dialogues to communicate, connect and learning from one another. 


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