Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education. 3rd EAI International Conference, TIE 2019, Braga, Portugal, October 17–18, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Children’s Tinkering Activity with Collapse Informatics: The Internalization of Environmental Consciousness

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_3,
        author={Silvia Torsi and Loredana Verardi and Carmelo Ardito},
        title={Children’s Tinkering Activity with Collapse Informatics: The Internalization of Environmental Consciousness},
        proceedings={Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education. 3rd EAI International Conference, TIE 2019, Braga, Portugal, October 17--18, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={TIE},
        year={2020},
        month={1},
        keywords={Tinkering Collapse informatics Freire Constructivism Research through design},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_3}
    }
    
  • Silvia Torsi
    Loredana Verardi
    Carmelo Ardito
    Year: 2020
    Children’s Tinkering Activity with Collapse Informatics: The Internalization of Environmental Consciousness
    TIE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-40180-1_3
Silvia Torsi,*, Loredana Verardi1, Carmelo Ardito1
  • 1: University of Bari
*Contact email: silvia.torsi@unitn.it

Abstract

In the present paper we introduce an activity involving twenty elementary school children aimed at increasing their awareness towards the importance of reusing waste materials. Once that target is achieved, we facilitate children’s purposeful construction of diegetic artefacts and imaginary robots that have environmental purposes. The main goal of the activity is to engage children in tasks through which they begin to reflect on their own future and in particular on how the current choices of the adults can influence the future of their world. The principles of collapse informatics and research through design are the basic key concepts of this project.