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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.

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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.
Funmeiker,Taiwan

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.

4年前(2015),即將進入國小就讀的大女兒,跑來正趕著製作建築設計模型的我身旁,好奇興奮想了解我正在做的設計模型,當下讓我感受是沉重壓力的工作,在她眼裡則像是玩娃娃屋般有趣好玩的玩具,自己拿了美工刀和膠水,撿取製作時切剩的小碎料,依樣畫葫蘆組合起屬於她自己的設計模型,觀察到這件事讓我感到非常有趣,而當時也正逢我們第四個小孩剛出生,身為父母的責任與壓力也讓我們開始正視小孩未來要面對的12年國家基本教育(K-12)的內容,因而開啟發展兒童建築教育的念頭。 

在全球大環境下的經濟未來,充滿著快速變化、不穩定,無法預測的不安氣氛(VUCA),而處在亞洲臺灣的K12基礎教育方針,還要面對少子化、就業困難、競爭力下降、改革困境等等許多的挑戰。許多地方教育單位都有急於脫離傳統學科教育觀念的框架,努力跟上世界潮流腳步,改變現有教育模式的沉重壓力,這也驅使各類型名為”實驗”、”翻轉”的教育方法如雨後春筍般遍地發展,令人眼花暸亂。即使不是專業教育者,也能感受到教育工作環境的鬱悶、過勞與無力感。而為人父母,不論要給小孩選擇哪一種教育方式,都是如下賭注般壓力的決擇。而深怕錯過任何提高競爭力機會,怕輸在起跑點的心態,也讓五花八門的課後才藝課程,填滿孩子們稍縱即逝的童年時光。另外城鄉資源和家庭背景影響所造成的學習落差不斷擴大,使得臺灣基礎教育如今面臨極大的改革考驗。

2017年5月時,我們有幸遇到有同樣理念的伙伴,以及萬富國小旁閒置空間的屋主願意提供使用,作為我們教學實驗的機會,在經過幾番思考,認真和孩子們溝通討論後,決定從城市的學校將她們遷到萬富國小就讀,接著和伙伴們在萬富國小旁成立了建築與生活美感的教育社團「FunMeiker玩美客」。

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)」。

玩美客2年來持續實驗和開發課程,自問是否有不需要大幅改變原有教育架構,不用高成本代價,就能進行基礎教育創新的可能性,是否有只需要加入可以整合且適用各種學科,甚至所有基礎教育的新觀念和方法,透過遊戲活動的方式,使學童們能保持玩樂般輕鬆的心態,從生活美感的學習連結學科知識,進而幫助課堂表現能更有效果。同時我們也試著媒合各領域專業工作者,以協同者身份協助老師教學。並安排培訓課程、研討會,和學校老師們交流、對話、互相學習。

如何學會適應未來、解決問題和終身學習的能力,是臺灣目前K-12教育新課綱中,以「素養」學習為導向的主要方向。透過研究了解新課綱中以「素養(character)」導向學習的內涵和解釋,可以發現和許多歐美國家行之有年的「兒童建築教育」潮流有許多吻合之處,而在經過許多國外教育機構的長年發展運作,「兒童建築教育」已不只單純教育建築設計、知識的教育課程,而是能含括「設計思維」、「生活美感」、「邏輯思考」、「環境意識」、「解決問題」、「手作技巧」等多項能力的教育方法,可以說是最有效率且關鍵的「整合學習」教育方式。

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

Steps

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.

2017年暑假,玩美客舉辦了首次以生活「建築」為主題的夏令營,是從「建築師」、「木匠」、「泥水匠」三種建築行業角色的體驗學習,並合作搭建小房子的創意遊戲。之後導師們也多次帶領學員參與各種相關美感主題競賽,校外交流活動,和戶外環境美感體驗的教學課程,幫助學童們在從小成長的在地環境中,從基本的觀察學習開始,發展以環境為師的美感教育。2019年的寒假期間,更是首次成功舉辦結合「食衣住行育樂」玩美客六生活主題的美感教育冬令營。

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. 

玩美客成立2年來,在毎週三、五下午學校課後,開辦社團活動,提供萬富國小學童毎週都有新創意的遊戲課程:「食」的野瓣桌、「衣」的植染藝術偶、「住」的生存小屋、「行」的水火箭大戰,都是由導師們發想的獨創特色遊戲,並透過分組競賽,於完成任務的過程中,學習用創意解決問題、團隊合作、自主學習的能力。

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 

2019年,透過萬富國小「藝術家駐校」的補助計劃,開始進行與學校老師「協同教學」的實驗課程,透過藝文、綜合、自然、資訊等等學校公訂學科課程,加入玩美客課程的協同教學計劃,讓學童能從課堂上的學習連結到周遭生活環境,將知識帶出課本,從室內走出戶外,並能透過玩美客的課程激發學習和生活的熱情。

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. 

玩美客2年來持續實驗和開發課程,自問是否有不需要大幅改變原有教育架構,不用高成本代價,就能進行基礎教育創新的可能性,是否有只需要加入可以整合且適用各種學科,甚至所有基礎教育的新觀念和方法,透過遊戲活動的方式,使學童們能保持玩樂般輕鬆的心態,從生活美感的學習連結學科知識,進而幫助課堂表現能更有效果。同時我們也試著媒合各領域專業工作者,以協同者身份協助老師教學。並安排培訓課程、研討會,和學校老師們交流、對話、互相學習。

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