The technologies of Minimakerspace are divided into three basis categories: MAKER, MEDIA and CODE. These categories contain different skills, which together support a creative use of technologies in pedagogical developmental work and digital learning. Furthermore, three theme boxes will be developed: LANGUAGE & DEVELOPMENT, MUSIC & MOVEMENT and NATURE & TECHNOLOGY. The idea is that you can combine and expand upon your Minimakerspace, or delve deeper into a specific theme depending on your own pedagogical profile. The amount of equipment in each category can be adjusted to needs in accordance with planning, economy, and capacity.
The imagination can run wild when cut and paste projects are joined by 3D printers and cutting machines. The hunger for creating things is key when you take an idea from a two-dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional reality. Maker culture is about making your creative ideas come true and sharing them with others, regardless if you are borrowing from something existing or creating something from scratch.
Programming is all about understanding how computers convert commands to actions. Instead of writing programs with text and numbers, the coding can be done by drawing lines with a colour marker, or by putting together digital building blocks. The connection between numbers, speed, amounts and distance becomes tangible when the code is immediately transformed into movement and sounds.
Media technology makes it possible to experience the world in new ways, to document everyday life and to express yourself creatively with film and pictures. With the right equipment the iPad can be used as both a video camera and a cutting station, and it is easy to share your creation with others. Film production needs both people behind the camera and in front of it, and all roles are equally important.
LANGUAGE & DEVELOPMENT
When you learn a language it is both about learning the names of objects, living things, and feelings, but it is also about listening, understanding, and making yourself understood. Words and numbers can be practised with interactive posters, photo albums, and pins. Verbal communication can be practised with walkie-talkies. Children can record and play sound on mobile units, all by themselves.
NATURE & TECHNOLOGY
Nature is full of experiences, and technology makes it possible to implement natural sciences already in the kindergarten. With cameras and microscopes, you can look into anthills, zoom in on microorganisms, or take pictures of animals, that you would never be able to get close enough to. With metal detectors you can go treasure hunting and investigate what people leave behind in nature.
MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Music creates fellowships and plays an important role in the development of language and motor skills. Clapping games, dancing, and singing can be developed upon with technology by using musical stepping-stones and child-friendly recorders and sound players. Playing outdoors is given an interactive twist when you can find hidden sound boxes. Maybe they contain a song or a hint for a treasure hunt?