"‘STITCHING TO EXPLORE: INTRODUCING E-TEXTILES IN NON-FORMAL EDUCATION’"

 

Erasmus+ Youth Workers Training Course

06.05 (10 a.m. starts) – 10.05 (17 p.m. finishes) 2020 Larnaca, Cyprus

Budget:

  • Sending fee (80,00 Polish zl) charged by the Green Elephant Foundation for statutory expenditures accordingly to the Rules (Regulamin Mobilności PL).

  • Hosting organization Citizens in Power charges participation fee 40 euro/person.

Food, accommodation and local travel costs (only during the activity program) will be covered 100% by the grant from local National Agency of Erasmus+. 

Travel costs reimbursement maximum limit for Polish participants is 275 euro.

WORKING LANGUAGE

English

 

Eligible Participants from Poland: 3 participants,

no age limit, who are:

  • Youth workers with strong interest on the topic and they are willing to share what they will learn in their respective organizations especially through a local workshop.

  • Young people interested at the objectives of this project and they are willing to share what they will learn in their respective organizations especially through a local workshop.

Fill out the application form and send it back to our email address for further recruitment.

email: zielonyslon@greenelephant-foundation.com

SAFETY AND INSURANCE

      Travel and accident insurance is a responsibility of the participants. You shall obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EKUZ) in your city. It's free and gives you access to medical care of the host country. You are also advised to buy a regular travel and/ or accident insurance during your travel and your whole stay.

The venue of the training course is Hotel Cactus in Larnaca (6-8 Tyrimou Street), near McKenzy area, very close to the airport of Larnaca.

The international training course ‘Stitching to explore’ will be hosted in Larnaca by ‘Citizens in Power’ from 5.5.2020. to 11.5.2020. (5 & 11 are travel dates).

Project Summary:

     Educators and researchers have been talking about the role of making activities in learning; they highlight the potential for project-based and hands-on approach to boost youth interest for inquiry and learning, to re-activate them from a social, psychological, professional point of view. One popular strand of making activities in the context of non formal education involve experimenting with computer programming, electronics, and robotics.
Typically, girls are much less prone to participate in such initiatives than boys, mainly due to the negative stereotypes they nurture towards scientific and technical disciplines. Thus, the great promise of the maker movement to democratize access to making as well as to its progressive spirit and philosophy are to be reconsidered in the face of evidence. If we believe that making activities and maker identities are crucial for empowerment, then it is our job to set up situations whereby all learners have the opportunity and will to engage.
E-textiles promises to be the trojan horse that will enable girls to fully benefit from making activities and the maker movement. By combining fashion with electronic and computer programming, e-textiles offer female youth expanded access to materials and tools, resulting in opportunities to take on project leadership roles in highly technical areas.


Project Objectives
● Innovate youth work by introducing new practices based on the combination of crafting textiles with computer programming and electronics
● Exchange on tinkering as an emerging pedagogical approach, especially crafting e-textiles as a way to boost female participation in non formal educational activities
● Sensitize youth workers to initiatives around electronic DIY and digital culture

 

Participants will partake in a five days training on e-textiles, in view of jump-starting this practice in their own professional settings. The training will take place in Cyprus.
 

The main activities of the course will be:
- Introduction to electronic DIY for youth work purposes, via the Arduino open-source prototyping board
- Introduction to e-textiles
- Production of e-textiles projects, working in groups
- Debate on how to assess making activities and monitor learning outcomes. Up-to-date tools and methods conceived specifically to serve this purpose will be presented and experimented.
- Meet with the local maker community (Youth Maker space Larnaca)
- Learn about constructivist teaching methods (teaching methods based on hands on, immersive, participative approach, project based learning)
- Explore initiatives aiming to support the integration of the maker attitude in the field of education run at international scale
- Practice maker education in a makerspace/fablab setting
- Discuss extra thoughts on building girl-inclusive maker workshops.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.