Open Creative Spaces
A creative space is a virtual or physical space in which people (students, educators, parents & community members) can collaborate with others to design, create, and build using physical materials and digital devices. It is informed and inspired by the Art Hives, Maker movement, and by the act of creation that makes us human.
Creative spaces focus on the process of making which allows individuals to make deep connections between concepts, solve real-world problems, develop perseverance, and/or simply create serendipitously.
A Creative Space brings together head, heart and hands.
- coding and programming
- constructing with cardboard (Low-Tech. STEAM Challenges)
- working with e-textiles and paper circuits (e-textiles STEAM Challenges)
- designing and creating simple machines.
Creative spaces provide a context for lifelong learning, interdisciplinarity, the development of essential skills, and real-world problem-solving. These include the Cross-Curricular Competencies from the Quebec Education Program:
– Uses information
– Solves problems
– Exercises critical judgment
– Uses creativity
– Adopts effective work methods
– Uses ICT
– Achieves his/her potential
– Cooperates with others
– Communicates appropriately
– Using open-ended interdisciplinary challenges as a starting point to learn about a concept, tool, or technology and then taking it further;
– Trying out or remixing existing project examples in order to learn about a concept and to later build on it;
– Exploring different materials and techniques to become familiar with how they work and be inspired to invent and create something new;
– Starting with a specific idea and prototyping with a variety of materials to see what works best for your creation;
– Repurposing and creative reuse – taking objects apart or using recycled materials to make something new;
– Using the opportunity to meet a need at the school by building benches, gardening bins, bat and bird houses, or meet a need in your community;
– Trying to fix something that is broken or mending something that is worn out.
- Consult members of your school community – staff, students, parents, local experts
- Get support from your School Board’s local RÉCIT consultants
- Community Partners, ie. Kids Code Jeunesse
- Provincial Conferences ie. QPAT, LCEEQ, CCI
- RemixEd Camp
- Training modules on the Campus RÉCIT site (in French)
- Training modules on the CADRE 21 site (in French)
- Online resources for specific tools and technologies
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