Seymour Papert (1928-2016), photo: Shen-montpellier, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons
Seymour Papert believed that “children learn best when they are active and fully engage their heads, hearts and hands”. His eight great constructionist ideas are the guiding principles of all work performed in our Wytwórnia FabLearn Lab:
Learning by doing – in Wytwórnia children and young adults learn by designing and constructing real objects.
Technology as building material – all participants can use digital devices, which allows them to turn more ideas into reality and therefore learn more.
Hard fun – children engaged in constructing things learn efficiently while enjoying it.
Learning to learn – working in Wytwórnia is not about teaching by lecturing but about personal involvement in the process and taking responsibility for the results of one’s work. Just like Seymour Papert used to say: “children and young adults are not the receivers but creators of their own knowledge”.
Taking time – in Wytwórnia we give everyone plenty of time for each task; the process is also properly planned by the facilitator.
You can’t get it right without getting it wrong – Wytwórnia follows the design thinking method and allows for making mistakes, which are then creatively used in the process of constructing and testing prototypes.
Do unto ourselves what we do unto students – this statement is an advice for people working with children and young adults to share their own experience of learning. That is why in Wytwórnia we also conduct workshops for teachers and educators.
Digital world – using digital devices helps to solve earlier identified problems and to learn other subjects.