Widening the scope of FabLearn research: integrating computational thinking, design and making

Eva Eriksson, Ole Sejer Iversen, Gökçe Elif Baykal, Maarten Van Mechelen, Rachel Smith, Marie Louise Wagner, Bjarke Vognstrup Fog, Clemens Klokmose, Bronwyn Cumbo, Arthur Hjorth, Line Have Musaeus, Marianne Graves Petersen, Niels Olof Bouvin

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FabLearn has primarily been concerned with studies of digital fabrication technologies in education, however, we witness an increased interest in integrating other related topics such as computational thinking, digital design and empowerment as an integrated whole. In this paper, we present a five years design research program for digital fabrication, computational thinking and design, to highlight why the FabLearn community should embrace this wider agenda to accomplish its ultimate goal to encourage a new generation to critically and constructively engage in the design of digital technology. The contribution of this paper is a number of open questions and considerations regarding the scope of European FabLearn research that we hope the community will consider and that might give rise to further discussions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFabLearn Europe '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference
EditorsMikko Rajanen
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362665
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean FabLearn Conference on Creativity and Making in Education 2019 - University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Duration: 28 May 201929 May 2019
Conference number: 4th


ConferenceEuropean FabLearn Conference on Creativity and Making in Education 2019
Abbreviated titleFabLearn Europe 2019


  • Education
  • FabLearn
  • Computational thinking
  • Design
  • Making

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