I’m super excited to share here a creative learning experience that I’m working on this week: it’s the first in-person meet-up of LCL Italy that will take place this Sunday in Bologna!
As you can imagine, it’s a project that I’m very passionate about, and it gives me the opportunity to play with my awesome peers of LCL Italy.
In particular, I’m helping out @AngelaSofia_Lombardo and @gbonanome with the overall organization and design of the entire experience. From setting a date that worked for most of the people, to finding a good location, deciding how to spread the word, dealing with registrations… it was a lot of hard fun, and we are still tinkering with many things, including getting an internet connection and finding a way to feed 50 people, with zero budget!
Logistics aside, the most interesting part is how we are designing the whole day experience.
Participants will have different interests and backgrounds, and also different familiarity with the ideas of LCL, so we wanted to make sure to design everything with a low floor and wide walls.
We will start in the morning by making people making projects, so we asked our awesome LCL friends if they wanted to host some hands-on workshops.
We ended up with 4 parallel workshops, each for about 12 people. Here are the titles, to give you an idea…
- Debugging with Scratch by @cyberparra
- Makey Makey with your Hands by @La_Tata
- Creative Robotics with mBots by Andrea and @gmenegoz from Coderdojo Padova and Bologna
- Art and Coding unplugged by @teacherAlle
Each workshop will last 90 minutes, including time for sharing projects with each other and reflecting on the process and the design of the activity itself. At the end, we are going to experiment with prompts like: “what did I make?”, “how did I make it?”, “what would I do if I had more time?”.
In the afternoon, we wanted to have more opportunities to reflect and discuss about creative learning in our practice. We are still tinkering with the exact format and prompts, but we imagine it something like “live unhangout” sessions - with breakout rooms based on interests and some collective way to share with everyone.
We have no idea of how it will work out, but we know it’s going to be a lot of hard fun!
I hope this can inspire other people organize creative learning experiences - and maybe other LCL gatherings!
We will share pictures and updates on how it goes…
May the 4P’s be with us!
Happy Creative Learning everyone!