Stephen Heppell, European Maker Culture guru, at SEK-El Castillo

Stephen Heppell’s visit to SEK-El Castillo. This educator, described as ‘the foremost expert on online education in Europe” by Microsoft, or as “the most influential academic in recent years in the field of technology and education” by the Department of Skills and Education in the UK, is also a promoter of make culture in SEK schools.

On his visit to the school, he toured the learning spaces for each educational stage, focussing on the importance each has in fostering the teaching/learning process of students. In the Primary School pavilion he visited the maker zone, featuring ample work spaces aimed at developing children’s imagination. He also viewed the Aula del Futuro project, a set of spaces designed by students and a project headed by Heppell himself.

Students from the Programming Club and Maker Culture showcased the different projects that are ongoing in the ESO and Baccalaureate maker space. This range of projects went from video games and the construction and programming of an arcade machine, printing 3D pieces, repurposing old technological devices, models for working with mechanisms and the use of Raspberry Pi, projects that left Stephen Heppell pleasantly surprised.

We recommend the following links to delve deeper in make culture in education:

Stephen Heppell’s website

Maker Culture

Maker Space Madrid

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Blog SEK El Castillo

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