Make Your Way PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR BRINGING LABS TO LIFE (IO1) is now out! The present document consists in a catalogue with best practices of various LABs in Europe that promote both entrepreneurial and technical skills.
Its aim is to describe successful stories and to inspire the organisations at the beginning of the path or striving for further development of such LABs. The intention is to cover various models of LABs, taking into account the LAB format (which actors are involved), content (which is the key topics/areas emphasized by the LAB) and location (urban/rural area, centralized/decentralized educational/innovation policy, European/World context). The MYW practical guide for bringing labs to life has a threefold objective:
- To describe successful stories to inspire the organisations at the beginning of the path or striving for further development of such LABs;
- To support the establishment of new LABs, by understanding which factors are common to the Fab Labs/Labs success;
- To inspire current and/or future Lab users;
MAKE YOUR WAY project intends to develop relevant collaborations to open further opportunities for young VET students to apply knowledge in practical, “hands-on”, and “real life” workplace situations, at the same trying to enhance their entrepreneurial attitudes, in particular by working in LABs.
The project takes benefit of the concept of “Fab labs”, or LAB, a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication, proven to boost innovation and entrepreneurship, as they are platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. Furthermore, Make Your Way intends to contribute to the continuous professional development of VET teachers, trainers and mentors in both school and work-based settings, with a focus on developing effective digital, open and innovative education and pedagogies, by developing materials that can help those professionals assist young VET learners in taking the most benefit from using LABs and from other WBL solutions, as well as spreading the concept of LABs and promoting their closer collaborations with the VET system.