The English Access Micro scholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to youth ranging from 13 to 20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors. The program makes available after-school classes and intensive sessions in well known language institutions. Access gives participants English skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects and Casa Thomas Jefferson is always careful with the design of the lessons and material choice so that access students are offered the best teaching practices.
On November 11th, 60 access students came to our makerspace and our staff provided them with learning opportunities specially designed to “fulfill the human desire to make things”. Our team used years of teaching experience aligned with the knowledge we have gained making our space to design activities for our access students. During the sessions, students worked in groups and had to perform three tasks. The underlining assumption in each of the tasks was that success in a knowledge society is not about knowledge alone. Learning environments must focus on building a culture of innovation, beginning by creating a foundation for lifelong learning. All the activities motivated collaboration and provided students with digital and analog tools to support learning practices that inspire such culture.