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Seoul education office to introduce Maker Education

Posted November. 02, 2017 07:32,   

Updated November. 02, 2017 09:14


The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education announced Wednesday its plan to develop Maker Education tailored to schools in Seoul between 2018 and 2022. According to its long-term plan, Maker Education of using 3D printers and 3D pens will be introduced in schools in Seoul starting 2018.

Maker Education is an approach to process-oriented education that depends on hands-on experience of using digital device and various tools to actualize student’s idea and collaborative sharing of the process. Maker Education became famous after former U.S. President Barack Obama referred to it while highlighting the administration’s goal to nurture talents required for the fourth industrial revolution, such as creative problem-solving ability, autonomy and collaboration. The Seoul education office said that Maker Education will be incorporated in the regular school curriculum and associated to 10–15 percent of school lesson time.

In addition, the Seoul education office plans to build 20 “Maker Space Hub Centers” at existing Invention Education Centers. At the center, a space will be available for students to get involved in experiment, manufacturing and creation based on their own ideas. Drone, robot, 3D printer, 3D scanner and others will be provided to support Maker Education and creative activities. Some specialized centers will be designed to focus more on specific areas such as woodwork, cutting-edge equipment or coding in order to reflect school environments and characteristics of each town.

The Seoul education office has also decided to provide 100 3D printers and 3D pens every year for the next five years to a total of 500 schools in order to support Maker Education. Along with this, for the next three years, the office will select nine pilot schools every year and give 44,800 dollars to each school.