138. “Electronic textiles in youth work” – Training Course

138. “Electronic textiles in youth work” – Training Course

NR.: 138

DATA: 28.12.2018

TITOLO PROGETTO: “Electronic textiles in youth work”

RICHIESTA PROVENIENTE DA: Simone Ferrecchia (Romania)

TIPOLOGIA: Training Course

ARGOMENTO: Participants will exchange best practices and experiment hands-on workshops on maker education, notably on electronics, coding, and e-textiles.


Activity date: 22nd – 28th April 2019.
Venue place, venue country: Bucharest, Romania.
Summary: Electronic textiles in youth work is a training course for youth practitioners interested in maker education. Participants will exchange best practices and experiment hands-on workshops on maker education, notably on electronics, coding, and e-textiles.
Target group: Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth researchers.
For participants from: France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, United Kingdom.
Group size: 18 participants.
Through this project we want to initiate youth practitioners to make education, in particular to educational practices involving electronic textiles. The rationale behind this training course is to introduce youth practitioners to techniques and methods revolving around technology, arts and crafts, to combine the pedagogical benefits of these approaches to non-formal education. In the long run, we expect to contribute to boosting young people’s digital literacy as well as other 21st century competencies.
• Exchange on tinkering as an emerging pedagogical approach, especially the methodology mixing arts, crafts and technology.
• Sensitize youth workers to initiatives around electronic DIY and digital culture, as well as initiatives that can encourage youth to engage with local maker communities (ex. makerfest, maker fairs, etc.).
• Share competencies, anecdotes, and experiences between the participating parties on the topic of digitally-enabled non formal education/youth work.
The training course will focus heavily on practical hands-on activities. Some of these will involve use of computer numeric controlled machines such as 3D printers and laser cutter. Examples of practical workshops which will be held on the occasion of the training course are:
• Introduction to electronics and coding (building simple electronic devices using sensors and actuators).
• Introduction to visual/block coding software’s (ex. mBlock, Scratch for Arduino).
• Introduction to electronic textiles.
• Creating e-textile devices such as augmented tote bags, interactive plushies, plush video-game controllers.
• Experimentation of modern educational tools on electronics and computing (ex. programmable toys).
• Introduction to digital fabrication (laser cutting, 3D printing, etc.).
Learning outcomes
Participants will learn how to:
• Initiate and supervise activities targeting youth on the topics digital day, electronic textiles, making.
• Identify and seize opportunities to constantly innovate youth workers’ professional practices.
• Combine arts, crafts and technology in educational contexts.
• Boost female youth participation in educational workshops on digital science.
Target public
• Anyone with a passion for/interest in digital technologies, and interested in youth work.
• Individuals active in the promotion of DIY and/or digital culture interested in running educational activities targeting young people.
• Youth practitioners with an experience in maker education, or simply willing to launch educational workshops on this topic.
There is no participation fee. Accommodation and food costs (3 meals per day) will be covered by the coordinating organization fully. Travel costs will be refunded up to a limit of: 275 Euro for participants coming from Latvia, Italy, Greece, France; 360 Euro for participants coming from the UK; 180 Euro for participants coming from Romania.
Working language: English.

SCADENZA: 4th February 2019.