Star(t) to Shine: Unlocking Hidden Talents Through Sharing and Making
The current article embraces the transformational role digital fabrication has to empower people doing things previously unthinkable while making it accessible to a larger audience. Using a research-through-design approach, we have co-designed a six-step workshop series to activate young adults’ hidden talents through sharing and making. The division in steps was meant to empower the students gradually and from within their own interests and qualities. The resulting workshop platform serves as a best practice in learning 21st century skills, lowering the threshold of access to digital fabrication in education. The students were active co-creators and obviously learnt new skills. Some students even had a mind-shifting experience, and demonstrated that it is indeed possible to transform dropouts into engaged and successful individuals, who are role models for their peers: “stars shining bright in their local community”.
Keywords21st century skills Empowerment FabLabs Maker Movement Transforming society
The current project was part of a Master of Science graduation project in Design for Interaction at Delft University of Technology carried out in Creating 010’s program Meaningful Design in the Connected City in collaboration with Wijkschool Feijenoord and FabLab Rotterdam. The project has been nominated for the Dutch Design Awards 2013 as well as shortlisted for the Interaction 14 Awards. As a cherry on top, the TU Delft Student Inspiration Award 2014 was presented to Emilia Louisa Pucci, for making an inspiring contribution to our community.
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