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Milara, I. S., Pitkänen, K., Niva, A., Iwata, M., Laru, J., & Riekki, J. (2019). The STEAM path. In Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 conference on ZZZ - FabLearn Europe ’19. ACM Press.

“The STEAM path” : building a Community of Practice for local schools around STEAM and Digital Fabrication

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Author: Sánchez Milara, Iván1,2; Pitkänen, Kati3; Niva, Arto4;
Organizations: 1Fab Lab Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4City of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Learning and Educational Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-08-23


With this poster, we present our goals, methodology and initial findings of the first 7 months of a pilot aiming to integrate STEAM education in formal education by exploiting digital fabrication tools and processes. The success of the pilot is strongly bound to the development of a Community of Practice formed by diverse local stakeholders including teachers, school principals, education administration representatives, researchers and Fab Lab instructors. Six local schools participated in the first stage of the pilot. We claim that this poster will set the ground for a discussion on how to integrate STEAM and digital fabrication procedures in formal learning environments. We expect our experience could serve as an inspiration for similar projects all around Europe.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-6266-5
Article number: 17
DOI: 10.1145/3335055.3335072
Host publication: FabLearn Europe '19 : proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference, Oulu, Finland — May 28 - 29, 2019
Conference: FabLearn Europe Conference
Type of Publication: B3 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in FabLearn Europe '19 : proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference Oulu, Finland — May 28 - 29, 2019,