Designer Forrest Radford, who attended a Restart Party while a student five years ago, is now launching a repair-related Kickstarter campaign. He remembers “In less than an hour David had shown me the dusty guts of my Mac, we cleaned it out and put it back together; it booted like new.”
Proprietary augmented reality (AR) software also offers up the possibility to outsource the troubleshooting and problem solving work in physical repairs – turn them more into mechanical, low-paid grunt work. We present the positive alternative.
In our last session, we invited a guest speaker to talk about their tech job – and what they felt are some of the “ninja skills” of the future, given the trends of automation and climate change.
Before launching into an “urban mining” session on raw materials and recycling, we emphasised that reuse always comes before recycling. Then we “mined” with students working to identify the elements and minerals in the parts.
We introduced creative problem solving, showing examples of physical and software-based work-arounds, like using assistive touch when a home button breaks. Then we brainstormed “bad” design from our experience fixing, and went through principles behind good design.
Many repairs are not so straight-forward. Fault-finding is often the greatest hurdle in a repair. We were rather nervous about this session – partly because over the years working with adults, what we’ve learned is that it is very difficult to teach
Mobiles help us talk about miniaturisation – and material consequences. We delved into the topic of “critical raw materials”, learning about recycling rates, and need to slow our consumption. Then we changed mobile batteries
Our first repair session – and the students were super excited to learn and show their skills in disassembly. Archer Academy’s IT Manager Khalid provided laptops with broken screens. We started with laptop fundamentals.