Wytwórnia is an educational FabLab, where children, young adults and educators learn in the spirit of constructionism, individually designing and building different objects. This education process is supported by a facilitator, who follows the design thinking method.
FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a workshop equipped with digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, plotters, laser cutters, as well as manual tools (hammers, screwdrivers, saws). It’s a place where one can design, perform DIY and build various objects. The easily accessible range of different tools and materials allows everyone to transform almost all their ideas into reality. Find out more about tools used in Wytwórnia »
Wytwórnia in the Copernicus Science Centre is a FabLearn Lab operating in line with the constructionist approach. Its author, Seymour Papert, claimed that “children don’t get ideas they make ideas” and that “learning children create new ideas especially efficiently when they are actively engaged in constructing different types of artefacts, whether it is a robot, a poem, a sandcastle, a computer program or anything that can be shared with others and can constitute an object of analysis and reflection”.*
Constructionism puts emphasis on three aspects of cognitive development: mental (we gain knowledge through own experiences and individual work); social (we work in teams and learn how to collaborate and develop ideas during creative discussions); and material (we construct/build real objects)”.* Read about Papert’s 8 great constructionist ideas »
This approach underlines personal experience and engagement. Acquisition of knowledge and skills in achieved teamwork and through the process of creative and hands-on activities.
Participants of the process (students or children from local after-school centres, clubs and community centres) – moderated by the facilitator (design thinking method) – individually define problems and look for solutions. Then, basing on developed ideas, they design and build objects which are the solution of the problem, and test their effectiveness. The final step includes rethinking and reconstructing the solution in order to improve it. The whole process contributes to deeper understanding of undertaken challenges and own work, thus becoming an effective learning method. Moreover, such independence in activity helps young people boost their confidence and believe in their capabilities. Such learning environment gives everyone equal opportunities for development (social inclusion). It is also a space for exchange of competencies, where education is closely linked to everyday life and labour market reality.
The idea of Wytwórnia FabLearn Lab underlies the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, which aims at stimulating students’ interest in the said fields of science. Young people can see that technology they are using can help them solve problems and so they begin to recognise practical applications of exact sciences the whole idea is based on. This might encourage them to choose an engineering or technical educational pathway, so sought-after in technologically advanced industries of the 21st century economy.
Wytwórnia is a part of the worldwide FabLearn Lab network, created in cooperation with the Stanford University. Read more about the idea of FabLearn Labs »
FabLearn Lab implements key goals of the Copernicus Science Centre in the field of development of practical and vocational education. Find out why we have decided to open a FabLearn Lab in the Copernicus »
Wytwórnia in the CSC is a place where hands-on construction workshops for children, young adults, teachers and educators are organised. These are available only to the participants of projects led by the Copernicus. Who can participate in Wytwórnia workshops »
We hope that by implementing long-term project in Wytwórnia we will encourage teachers and educators to include elements of constructionism and design thinking in the educational agenda.
Where and when?
On ground floor.
Admission only during CSC special projects.