Introduction

Welcome to the online course „Making Young Social Innovators“!

We welcome you on board of this four-week learning journey, which will open up new ways of training young learners in creativity, social innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in makerspaces. In this unit we, first, provide an overview of the course and, secondly introduce you to the DOIT learning approach and programme.

At the beginning of the course, we will introduce you to

  • the structure of the course,
  • how to communicate with the course lecturers and colleagues and
  • the requirements for all modules (assignment for official qualification).

Feel free to contact Eva Hollauf, B.A. from the project coordinator Salzburg Research (eva.hollauf@salzburgresearch.at), if you have questions about the project, the course content or social innovation know-how.

We would also like to draw your attention to an additional offer: Every week you can post questions in the forum, which our course lecturers will answer in a live session every Wednesday at 4 pm CET (dates: 20 May, 27 May, 3 June, 10 June). This allows especially interested people to get more information about the topic and receive answers to questions that might not have been covered in the course. In addition, you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow learners personally and to exchange ideas.

The dates and access to the live session will be made available in the forum every week. We are looking forward to a fruitful exchange and getting to know you!


Make yourself familiar with the course structure and the team:

[DOIT] Welcome to the online course „Making Social Innovators“! (1.1)

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Make yourself familiar with the DOIT Learning Programme: 

How can young learners work together and make creative solutions for societal issues?

Europe needs more young people with an entrepreneurial mind-set and skills able to turn creative ideas into innovations that make our society more liveable and sustainable.The aim of the DOIT learning programme is to empower girls and boys from 6 to 16 years to learn together with teachers and other facilitators, to develop the creative and social skills needed by innovative citizens. They will learn how to find creative solutions, make and explore them with a first prototype and share this experience. Thus, the DOIT approach comprises three facets:

  •  Social Innovation Knowhow: we see young people are engaged citizens, who can tackle societal issues and develop innovative solutions.
  • Entrepreneurial Education: The DOIT toolbox materials support the development of entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, as well as social businesses through direct learning experiences. 
  • Makerspace and Digital Fabrication Tools: DOIT builds upon open workshops with digital tools and maker education as a core.

Watch the video about the background to the programme:

Karina Svendsen, Assistant Professor from the University College South Denmark presents to you the seven learning elements, which are helpful for launching a social innovation project.

[DOIT] What does the DOIT learning program and ist seven elements look like? (1.2)

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Get some additional insight on maker education:

Karien Vermeulen, Head of Programme Education from WAAG, gives you some insight into the questions why future innovators profit from maker education and how it can foster creativity in the next video:

[DOIT] Why do future innovators profit from maker education? Why does it foster creativity? (1.3)

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Assignment: Make, Share & Reflect

Now, we really want to get to know you! For this purpose, we invite you to sit back and remember who actually motivated and inspired you to try new stuff, build things yourself and pursue your goals? Please share this story about your Do-It-Yourself role model – your fictional or a real character of a DIY Superhero with us in the forum.

Task 1: Please draw or build your DIY Superhero with any kind of material and tools you prefer. Maybe the DOIT-DIY Superhero template helps: Available here: https://www.doit-europe.net/toolbox#/material/my-super-hero.

Maybe you want to try a tool or material you never used before? How about using your trash and create an upcycled superhero sculpture? You could as well use a 3D modeling software such as Tinkercad, or a coding tool for beginners such as Scratch. Challenge yourself and surprise us!

Please upload a photo or share a link to your DIY superhero in our course forum:
Go to discussion forum.

We and your co-learners are looking forward to the sketches and models of your do-it-yourself heroes. From Pippi Longstocking to the A-Team, from your grandmother to your handicraft teacher – tell us who inspires you! Task 2: Did you listen to Karina about the steps in a social innovation process or the DOIT learning programme? What is your opinion about it? Don’t be shy, our experts in the forum are glad to answer your questions!

Go to discussion forum


Test your knowledge and understanding about Making Young Social Innovators!

Quiz Unit 1: How can young learners work together and make creative solutions for societal issues?


Learning Material and Additional Resources of Unit 1