Eematico and FAST have known each other since the beginnings of the EFRoPa Partnership. Mutual interest in each others’ activities has been constant ever since, with some ideas already being tossed around about possible collaborations. In 2017, the ideas about a collaboration became true after FAST opened in Săcele its first vocational discovery centre for disadvantaged teens and youngsters and after eematico has grown to a critical mass its knowledge and expertise in hands-on educational design and activities.
From then on, the aim, for both eematico and FAST, was to nurture basic technical skill development and engagement for the activities they are creating, while making their programs available to as many children as possible, especially the ones who can’t afford or have no access to it yet.
The synergy brings eematico’s deposit of knowledge, curricular design and educational materials in a place build by FAST, looking together to fulfil their goal of finding new ways to spread some of that know-how among the people who need it most.
After pondering on how this synergy would work and how to make things relevant, FAST and eematico thought that they should create together a programme which is coherent, as balanced as possible and as relevant as possible for the young people who will soon be involved in the process. Therefore, they went beyond a simple series of DIY kits for the children and created a healthy mix of activities: hands-on discovery, structured DIY, unstructured DIY, teamwork and creativity. Some of them include kits and some would have a set of reusable materials that would allow for activities more oriented toward group interaction. All activities will be conducted on the basis of eematico educational design of a coherent curriculum, with eematico’s methodology of training applied in the FAST context.
What’s also important, is that a special emphasis will be placed on generating an appropriate context for the students to give feedback on their experiences and even evaluating their own progress.