A new and first of its kind Maker Space has been created in Athens. The fabrication lab is free for all students in Athens and is aimed at helping them thrive in using 21st century technology.
The Maker Space provides the schoolchildren with resources to explore how to program a robot battle or how you can use a 3D printer to design and produce a chess piece or a key ring. They can even see what it is like to visit a space station through the use of virtual reality.
The Maker Space is the first municipal fabrication lab in Greece for youth, and it is equipped with machinery and digital tools for designing, printing, and manufacturing. It includes the latest technology such as laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC router, vinyl cutter, and more.
Through new educational programs, this year more than 1150 children in Athens have already explored the Maker Space. It has given them the opportunity to learn about applied digital technologies through hands-on experiments. More than 220 teachers have also taken part in workshops which are designed to help them create new tools to enhance school learning and introduce creative play in the classroom.
“In spite of all its technological wonder, the Maker Space is not a just a showroom where you can admire technological applications. Children and adults are invited here to become creators, taking digital technology into their own hands,” says Alexandros Kambouroglou, Executive Director of the Athens Partnership, who coordinates the Maker Space program.
The Maker Space is an integral part of the City of Athens’ “Designed for Better Learning” program, which has already upgraded 24 public schools in Athens through an innovative educational approach.
“Designed for Better Learning” is funded by an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and is being implemented in collaboration with the Transformable Intelligent Environments Lab of the Technical University of Crete and coordinated by the Athens Partnership.