On Monday, I was lucky enough to spend the day with a bunch of my former colleagues from Frederiksberg municipality.
The occasion was the first part of a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 superuser course. A sort of culmination of the work I prev. participated in, to promote the use of robots in the municipality. The course, which took place at MV Nordic in Odense, allowed me to share my practical experience, while my ex. colleagues were aware of the use of robots.
Before we had arrived, had one of them about already asked if I was there as a sort of assistant teacher. It was certainly my function 🙂 When the day was over, we were presented with a small task to 2. and final part next week: Create a course / or an idea for a course which runs on 1 dobbeltlektion.
That's what I'm doing, so my mind went immediately into overdrive. The first decision was, I ignore it 1 dobbeltlektion. Not, to be different, but because I quite quickly realized that it is not enough.
Why? Because I want to make an art project with the robot in the center. The next step is how. One of the participants is art teacher, and she would really like to use the robot in Craft and Design.
This led to a debate between she and I, and a 3. about, whether it is possible to make such a sequence. A gradient, where you can not just use the robot to use the. A gradient, where you can not just use something else easier.
A gradient, which makes sense in itself. And in fact it is not easy. The usual response to robot art is, that adds pencils, pens or brushes to the, and so draw. Actually, it's quite difficult to get on the other, where the robot functionalities in play. Programming is an art, but for educational purposes is not adapted crafts or design.
My thoughts were quickly led onto installation art, with the robot as a player, but the objective of the course must be, that is relatively more accessible to all. So the thought I made in the tray.
At last it dawned on me that the robot itself can be a platform, and later a tool. So, after some brainstorming, I am now embarked on an interdisciplinary course. A gradient, I generally leave the programming being outside art part but, I will support digital creation processes, and encourage children's natural ability to fall in love with robots. It becomes art, design and social skills in the first place. To that I use 3D. Curious? Then follow with the next section, where the process takes shape.