This experiment focuses on craftsmanship - the art of making by hand. During the course of the year, the Rajakylä Comprehensive School will engage in four extensive projects that will integrate school subjects: city architecture, robotics and automation, product design and entrepreneurship and lastly, gaming and programming. Specialists will introduce the students to the topics, but all of the brainstorming, trialing and building will be encouraged to be done independently by the students themselves.
What is the idea of the experiment?
Teachers and students together will plan the content and project methods used in the experiment. Each topic will then begin with a visit from an expert from the specific area during which students will deepen their knowledge and understanding. After each visit the students will carry out their project using cross-cultural learning on how to make things with their hands. Each topic addressed in this experiment will be implemented into the school curriculum as its own learning path that can be expanded once students’ skills develop.
What are the needs this experiment addresses?
Students learn how to experiment and make things with their hands. With the help of technology, students will be able to think outside the box and foster their creativity. They will also develop their social skills through active group learning. This experiment also enables experimenting with different kinds of technical, productive needs.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?
One of the significant goals for the 2016–2017 school year is to create a good assessment method for the experiment. We also want to expand this operational model to other schools.
Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?
We piloted this experiment in Fall 2013 and it is now an established part of our school operational culture. We now aim to expand it with the help of HundrED.
Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED.
We believe we have an inspiring pedagogical operational model that works well with the new curriculum. Being a part of HundrED makes it possible for us to share our expertise and to get more ideas to be able to improve our work.