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How can you support design learning through a space and activities?

Mutku Maker Space

Marker Helsinki, Finland
The innovation transforms a school space into an environment that supports creative thinking and brainstorming. The space plays a part in design education, as well. Mutku Maker Space provides a creative learning lab where students can learn about the design process in imaginative ways.

What is it all about?

“Every day is like a Pop Up school day at the Mutku Maker Space.”

Student attending the service design workshop

Today, schools face a challenge: teaching more cross-curricular modules and phenomena and posing students questions without clear answers. We must answer this challenge with practical tools and facilities supporting creative instruction that motivates students to participate.

Maker culture highlights collaboration and learning by experimenting. It mixes practice and theory to produce playful and curiosity-inducing ways to study the variety of phenomena in the world.

Mutku Maker Space at Arabia comprehensive school in Helsinki expands the traditional technology-based maker culture to include traditional craftsmanship as well as creative problem-solving and learning about the design process. The spirit of experimentation allows children to learn from their mistakes together and have successes as well as eureka moments.

Mutku Maker Space is a creative lab and a teaching space built inside the school. There children learn about design and the different steps of the design process by doing. This space for creative learning allows students to innovate at their own skill level and solve challenges that they face everyday.

The space is especially suited to kickstart a creative process and move through it step by step. First, observing it, brainstorming and experimenting, and finally sharing the idea and developing it further. The students can work on their projects during other lessons and in other spaces at school, as well.

Mutku Maker Space is built to fit the resources available in the school through workshops and participation from the whole school. This allows every creative learning lab to be unique and fit the school.

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Intended Outcomes
7 - 15
Age Group
Resources Needed
3–4 months for designing and constructing the space, a committed teacher team, equipment for and renovation of the space
HundrED Criteria
The space provides an excellent environment for phenomenon-based, collaborative learning.
Providing tools for students to be creative and solve problems in an environment set for curiosity.
You can tailor the space to fit your school environment.

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Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

Getting to know the model
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Brainstorming workshop with the students
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Building a development team and sharing responsibilities
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Designing the space and activities and how to implement them
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Opening the space and experimenting
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