It is a true honour for us to be listed among 100 Global Inspiring Innovations in K12 Education by Hundred!
It is an honour to share this with all of you, teachers, colleagues and partners, with whom I think we share one thing in common - we all believe that education is the best way to change the world to be a better place - more peaceful, more sustainable more equal!
As the future is not built yet, it is very important to give all people equal opportunities in taking part in building it and, while doing so, to live satisfying, meaningful lives together and be happy.
Blending human instructors with online course platform
Creativity, art and self expression through technological projects is very motivating and close to the hearts of Mehackit instructors. They see that the most important gift they can give to students is, infact, inspiration and motivation to open a door to the curious world of creative technologies. Whatever our wildest dreams and ideas with new things may be, they only scratch the surface of what's possible with good mentoring.
Mehackit instructors have been to almost every 5th Finnish upper secondary school and they have instructed long 38 hour-courses to students. We have also instructed courses in Swedish schools. For some of our instructors this is their first work experience in their own field, and, with our help, they are super enthusiastic to share their own enthusiasm with others.
- learning to program digital music and having a concert in the end of the course,
- combining visual art with programming and creating beautiful moving images or animations and presenting them in schools' art gallery or
- making objects move or communicate with each other by programming small sensors and motors (electronics, robotics or even Internet of Things) and to have a demo day at school.
Mehackit Instructors to support local schools, teachers to co-create with MehackitMehackit courses have been developed in continuous co-creation process with and feedback from our instructors, local teachers and students. Our content fits well with the Finnish National Curriculum for general upper secondary education under "Exploratory work with technology" (TO2). In basic education our courses are related to the Mathematics, Physics, Art, Music and Computer sciences. In Finland programming has been integrated in the curriculum as part of the objectives set for mathematics since 2016.
Mehackit Instructor network makes it possible for schools to offer courses without training the teachers first. In fact, we invite teachers to take part in the courses to learn and get inspired as well!
However, we also provide pedagogical and concrete teacher training workshops for any groups of teachers seeking for inspiration and support. We have had workshops with not only Finnish teachers but also groups from Korea, Saudi-Arabia, Sweden, and even professional programmers and developers, to mention some.