The fundakit is a not-for-profit, research-driven, collaborative initiative. It has been shaped through contributions from students, research scientists, designers, social workers, artists, educators, engineers, youth and children. The long-term goal is a low-cost toolkit and collection of design methods and resources that enable groups of young people to work together with adult mentors to co-create tangible interactive learning resources for their communities, and build new skills and understanding through the design and sharing processes. Version one of the kit was designed with the IXDS – Interaction Design Studios in Berlin. The associated research study was located in the Digital Media in Learning group (DIMEB) at the University of Bremen, and run in the Programa Escolhas after-school network in Portugal. The kit and study built on earlier work with interactive story mats with the M_EIA – Instituto Universitário de Arte, Tecnologia e Cultura and ICCA – Instituto Caboverdiano da Criança e do Adolescente in Mindelo, Cape Verde.
The version one study was funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – SFRH/BD/77707/2011. Earlier work which informed the design of version one and the study was supported by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
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