Report on Meeting 1 – Helsinki 5th and 6th April 2017
The University of Helsinki hosted the first network meeting. The meeting focused on developing a consensus as to what constituted a makerspace, and also explored how far makerspaces aligned with early childhood educational philosophies. Training sessions included discussions on: Research Integrity and Ethics, Gender and Equity Issues and Media Training and Dissemination.
An open workshop delivered by Art & Craft School Robotti on electronic craft closed the two days of the first network meeting in Helsinki, with approximately 40 attendees.
Report on Meeting 2 – Sheffield, 3rd – 5th July, 2017
The University of Sheffield played host to the Summer School and 2nd MakEY workshop on 4-7th July 2017. Professors Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant from Sheffield Hallam University led a training session on participatory research with teachers, and Professor Jennifer Rowsell and Professor Anne Burke from Canada led a session reflecting on multimodal analysis of makerspace data. In addition, Mark Shillitoe, Maker Educator and creative technologist in the Netherlands, engaged the participants in a workshop in which they learned new skills and approaches using a range of maker resources.
MakEY conducted an open day in collaboration with the International Literacies Conference hosted by the University of Sheffield, School of Education on the 5th July. There were 48 attendees from around the world.
The event has seen a presentation by Professor Cathy Burnett and Professor Guy Merchant, from Sheffield Hallam University, on their research, and a workshop delivered by Mark Shillitoe, Maker Educator and creative technologist in the Netherlands.
MakEY held a pop-up makerspace providing children with the opportunity to tinker, hack and make using a 3D printer, electronic equipment and resources such as conductive paint and coding equipment.
On 7th-8th March, MakEY hosted, at the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, the DigiLitEY Training School for EU PhD students and early career researchers. Through academic presentations and makers’ workshops, the attendees learnt about the possibilities offered by makerspaces in early childhood and explored makers’ activities such as lightplay animation, diy light boxes, 3Dscanning, and more
Report on Meeting 3 – 11th – 13th June, 2018
The host for the third meeting was Aarhus University. The first two days of the meeting involved all countries updating each other on progress made on the projects, focusing on emergent findings related to the research questions. The team were joined by members of the International Advisory Board, who engaged actively in the sessions, and shared their own work on makerspaces (Professor Anne Burke, Canada; Professor Jennifer Rowsell, Canada; Professor Kylie Pepper, USA, Professor Raúl Alberto Mora Vélez, Colombia, and Professor Nicola Yelland, Australia)
On the final day of the meeting, participants presented on the project’s progress to the EU Commission’s Project Officer.
Sponsored by the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, COST Action ‘DigiLitEY’ and H2020 Project ‘MakEY‘.
This exciting conference will bring together researchers from across the world who are interested in the ways in which early childhood literacies are being transformed in the twenty-first century. Keynote speakers will present creative approaches to today’s challenges that include rapid developments in digital technologies and increasing standardisation in early childhood curricula.
The DigiLitEY and MakEY programmes are in the forefront of research into the lives of young children and those who work, live and learn with them. Our third sponsor, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, is also associated with recognising creativity, diversity and social justice. Participants are equally welcome whether already connected in some way to any of our sponsors or otherwise interested in reconceptualizing early childhood literacies. Join us for what will be certain to be a stimulating conference!