Ruby's Summer School
Ruby's Summer School is a new concept in which children will learn thinking skills related to digitalization, programming and computing through play. The summer school is designed for children aged six to nine. During the first summer school in June 2016, we will be developing and trialing exercises that our students can use in the Fall, when programming will be implemented into schools. The educational material created at Ruby's Summer School will be tested and developed further in collaboration with several schools in the Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017.
What is the idea of the summer school?
Campers will familiarise themselves with the world in which they live through fields like nutrition, transportation, space and art. By doing so they will consider the role of technology in future advancements by asking important questions such as: ‘what would we like to know about planet Mars and how could this data be collected? Can a computer make art? Can a robot recycle?’ An engaging storyline will build at the camp, encouraging participants to take part in the themes through play and discovery.
Over the course of the two week camp each theme will be studied briefly, with the exercises later becoming available to be used in schools. The summer 2016 camp will pilot a variety of ways to learn, which will be further developed into applied subjects for schools.
Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?
The Ruby's Summer School is loosely based on the Hello Ruby books. An original concept for learning, it develops programming skills through storytelling and play.
How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?
The Summer School will run at the Annantalo arts centre in Helsinki from June 6th–17th 2016. Once the camp is completed the results will be analysed and the exercises will be developed further to be used by teachers, students and teacher training programs. In Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 the produced material will be trialed in schools and preschools across Finland.
Describe why you feel it is meaningful to be a part of HundrED
HundrED will be able to offer The Ruby's Summer School opportunities to be involved in developing programming in schools, something that has been missing for some time now. Solutions to real world problems will be resolved through work with partnering schools. Assessment of the experiment the Summer School will be done in July, once the camp has ended, and improvements will be made in collaboration with teachers.
Organization: Hello Ruby Digital Oy
School(s): Parainen: Utö, Simonkylä, and Kyrkbacken comprehensive schools. Hankasalmi: Parainen: Utön koulu, Simonkylän koulu ja Kyrkbackenin koulu. Hankasalmi: Aseman, Kuuhankaveden, Niemisjärven, and Ristimäen elementary school.
Contact person: Jemina Lehmuskoski
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership(s): Sitra, ZenRobotics, Studio Puisto Architects, Otava (the list will be completed in June).