Meet @Carlos Osorio & Maria Renard
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Tell us more about your organization/space.
Primianni is Chile’s new didactic space for enabling early childhood development. From a multidisciplinary view, we investigate, observe and experiment in methodologies, processes and tools that foster learning and mobilize skill development in kids.
We teach using a concept we designed called: Effective Environment. Effective Environment is a dynamic system that links family, education and public policies. This system puts an emphasis on integrating family members as trainers and enablers in early childhood learning.
We have a creative space called FunLab, where we invite kids in their early childhood (from 2 to 7 ) to discover, explore and invent solutions to challenges. The space we’ve created allows children to imagine, learn and and discover the world in their own unique way.
We were inspired to start a Global Chapter because…
The program aligns with Primianni’s goals and also, littleBits’s provides potential for mobilizing creativity in youngsters. There is lot we can do to build a brighter future for our children.
Tell us about your most recent event.
We hosted a workshop, looking to discover future littleBits facilitators. We invited undergraduate physics and education students who had never used littleBits to join the workshop. We were looking to see what their technical, attitudinal and creative skills looked like when working on a littleBits project.
Here is how our three hour workshop was organized:
-15 minutes to understand and test the modules and different circuit combinations.
-15 minutes to build a hypnotizing wheel, automatic greeter, tickle machine or prank handshake, using the littleBits instructions.
-30 minutes for solving a random challenge (individually), without instructions. They were tasked with creating an art bot, littleBits neon sign, truck crane, a 2-minute timer for brushing your teeth, catapult or flashlight.
-30 minutes for sharing their work, while enjoying a coffee break.
-30 minutes for solving an invented challenge (in pairs). The only rule was that they needed to use the same kits that they selected for their individual challenges.
-15 minutes again for sharing their final work.
What were some of the projects that came out of your event?
The teams created such interesting projects, including a fortune wheel, amusement park and a “Gluz” (illuminated glasses). One of our favorites was a truck crane that turned into a tractor with auto-detecting loads.
What did you learn from hosting this event?
We were pleasantly surprised with the results. All of the participants put in a lot of effort, time and commitment to fulfilling their tasks. We discovered that they helped each other almost automatically.
Who else in your community inspires you?
To be quite honest, all of the children from our community. They are active individuals, who are interested and amazed by new experiences, inquiry and experimentation. Their main job is to PLAY! While playing they put into action senses, knowledge and build relationships. They notice contrasts and differences incredibly well. Most importantly, they are not afraid to fail. In fact, they exercise failure as a way to explore the world and then they learn from that failure quickly. This is an inspirational quality that all adults could learn from.
What’s next for your chapter?
We are currently designing our next events, starting with younger children and then moving upwards. We want to first focus on testing some hypotheses about littleBits for children ages below 8 years old and then by late October, we plan to put on a massive city workshop coinciding with FIIS Kids. We’ll be conducting more workshops for future facilitators in June and July and also trying to schedule school workshops.