We are working with keen educators and student leaders to discover how best to spread our Restart activities and ethos in schools. With initial support from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation we are creating materials (videos, activity kits, printable materials) for use in schools.
After prototyping our enrichment materials with Archer Academy in north London in early 2017, we will add collaborations with schools in Devon and Nottingham in autumn 2017.
Here is what we have to share so far:
This month, we will begin a ten-session enrichment programme with students at the Archer Academy, a school in North London. We will start with a dive into why we need to change our relationship with electronic and get hands-on.
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