Technology Moves Week ‘technik bewegt’ with the magazine ‘technik bewegt’, Educational Modules, Experiment Set staticmobil and Leonardo Bridge Building Kit
The Technology Moves Week 2010 was an Austria-wide event – organized by the Initiative Baukulturvermittlung - aimed at interesting youths aged 13-16 in architecture and technology and promoting awareness and understanding of the built environment.
For the nationwide event a specially designed magazine has been created and circulated in a print-run of 150,000, one for every 14- and 15-year-old schoolchild. Youths could browse through the magazines, picking out interesting tidbits and making associations without raising the suspicion that learning is occurring. Articles ranged from imaginative stories to statements from architects and engineers on the charms and challenges of complex assignments. Additionally educational modules has been worked out, set easily understandable tasks accompanied by detailed instructions, and will be reused in the future.
One module is the Experiment Set (Experimentier- und Forschungskoffer) staticmobil, developed by the Salzburg initiative Architektur Technik + Schule (member of the Initiative Baukulturvermittlung), which lets pupils enjoy learning about the basic principles of force and load. Construction designs can be tested and the interaction of form and function reconstructed. Adaptable digital worksheets are included for teachers. The set is divided into 7 construction principles, each with instructional materials and experiment sets.
Another module is the Leonardo Bridge Building Kit, developed by aut. architektur und tirol (member of the Initiative Baukulturvermittlung), which contains 14 long wood rods and 12 short bars that can be used to build a simplified arch bridge without connecting elements and experimented with in many ways. The kit is accompanied by a small brochure with additional information. Children ages 8+ can learn about mechanics, structural engineering, design and creativity.
The Technology Week reached more than 1,000 pupils in 60 workshops, spreading scientific knowledge and improving concentration, motor skills and team spirit. The modules will continue to be used in the future to stimulate enthusiasm for architecture and technology.
Due to its complexity and scope, the project had a great impact. The connection between architecture and engineering succeeded and showed clear the necessity of interdisciplinary teams for successful projects. Due to insufficient preparation time, workshops were not held in all regions, a fact which should be remedied if the event is repeated.