University of Oulu

Iván Sánchez Milara, Kati Pitkänen, Jari Laru, Megumi Iwata, Marta Cortés Orduña, Jukka Riekki, STEAM in Oulu: Scaffolding the development of a Community of Practice for local educators around STEAM and digital fabrication, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 26, 2020, 100197, ISSN 2212-8689,

STEAM in Oulu : scaffolding the development of a Community of Practice for local educators around STEAM and digital fabrication

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Author: Milara, Iván Sánchez1,2; Pitkänen, Kati3; Laru, Jari3;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Fab Lab Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-19


There is an increased interest to integrate STEAM methodologies and digital fabrication processes into formal education. However, teachers have repeatedly reported a set of impediments that hampers them to succeed. This integration requires a set of changes in the school organization, resourcing and a proper teacher training. A Community of Practice formed by different stakeholders of a local educational community might provide the necessary grounds to lead to this transition. In this paper, we report our experience of creating and scaffolding a local Community of Practice for a period of ten months. We present the different activities we carried out during this period, emphasizing a digital fabrication training that we conducted, at our university Fab Lab premises, for teachers and school principals separately. We also explore the influence of this training on scaffolding of the development of the Community of Practice. We expect the training structure, discussion and insights presented in this paper would inspire other researchers and practitioners trying to bring digital fabrication to formal education.

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Series: International journal of child-computer interaction
ISSN: 2212-8689
ISSN-E: 2212-8697
ISSN-L: 2212-8689
Volume: 26
Article number: 100197
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2020.100197
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work has been funded by the Center for Ubiquitous Computing (University of Oulu), Finland, Faculty of Education (University of Oulu), Finland, City of Oulu, Finland, Fab Lab Oulu, Finland and Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (