Digitalization, robotics and automation will replace many of of today’s jobs either partly or completely. Mechanic repetition, learning things by heart or following certain formulas no longer play a significant role in the labor market. Employees must be able to take risks, network and be creative – whatever the field.
The natural creativity of humans and their ability to throw themselves into anything is becoming increasingly more important. This is why it’s even more important to encourage children to trust their unique skills and find answers to questions that don’t necessarily have ready answers yet.
Today’s schools should answer these challenges by offering students opportunities to express themselves and maintain their creativity during the school day. Students should be encouraged to try new things, such as imagine a job that doesn’t exist yet and discuss the significance of this type of thinking.
Hautomo is an independent course for high schools or other upper secondary education institutions organized by both the assigned coordinating teacher and the students themselves. The Hautomo organization behind the course is run by young people and provides students not only general instructions for the projects but also support networks so they don’t have to worry about the money or their grades.
Hautomo brings young people together by helping them to network and find like-minded people to create something out of their passions together. Former participants act as mentors to help prevent typical mistakes and provide support during the project.
Hautomo’s aim is to strengthen kids’ trust in their own skills and test their wings in something they are passionate about. The Hautomo course gives students concrete evidence of their own skills, which can be of help in finding jobs in the future or applying to further education.
The first Hautomo course in a school began at the Etelä-Tapiola High School in the spring of 2015. During the 2015–2016 school year the students ran several projects.
At the moment Hautomo is active in four schools in Finland and the U.S. The Hautomo organization works closely with the schools but the schools still provide the course independently and can tailor the course to suit their purposes.
This innovation describes the steps needed to organize a Hautomo course at a school and the opportunities the course provides students for exploring their passion through a project. You can also find contact information for ordering the course and course material. Students can also follow the steps to carry out a project independently. A teacher interested in Hautomo can show the steps to their students and encourage them to implement the innovation at their school.