Several workshops with groups of 13-15-year-olds were run by the UEF during the major international event in Joensuu “SciFest 2017”. Students were provided the Arduino electronics platform, Raspberry Pi software and several other materials like paper, plastic or glue for building a robot head.
In an interview about the experiences and observations during the workshops, Hanna Nygren – researcher of education science and PhD candidate at the UEF – described the workshops as a success. In her perception, the students seemed very excited and eager to learn new things. She however pointed out a significant knowledge gap on science basics which will need to be addressed by the future eCraft2Learn platform. She also recommends continuously sharing students’ experiments and projects to the community to capture the interest of other students less interested with science and crafting.