Hackasaurus attacks TEDx Kids

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

The Hackasaurus team is incredibly excited to take part in a unique upcoming TEDx Kids event in Brussels. The goal: create an awesome one-day educational experiment that emphasizes making, tinkering and hands-on creating. The Hackasaurus duo of Atul Varma and Jessica Klein will be there to invite kids to hack and remix the web. Other attendees will include:

  • Cory Doctorow, from Boing Boing
  • Jamie Oliver, presenting on his Dream School
  • Gever Tulley, from the Tinkering School
  • Ed Baafi, from Modkit
  • Walter Bender, the MIT MediaLab
  • Ted Robinson, TED guru
  • And many, many others

The June 1 event’s mission:

Create an educational experiment for primary schools with some of the best TED speakers: a day when everything about school will be unrecognizably different and exciting.

2 events in 1
48 kids, all of them born in 2000, are going to get their hands dirty, soldering, tinkering, hacking and composing. A series of hands-on workshops will introduce the kids to a range of skills and methods. At the same time 400 adults will be treated to an all day program of leading thinkers, experts and makers. They’ll get regular updates on the workshops from some leading child psychologists throughout the day.

Maker Kids?
The future aims of primary education could be a rich mix of learning by doing, hacking the physical world and taking direct control of the technologies around us
. Kids could use this knowledge to be more connected to each other and the wider world. We want to give them the tools to directly influence the physical and social ecosphere in the hope that this creates freedom and empowerment for the future.

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