- The educational reform movement that will lead the 4th industrial revolution blossoms at Sookmyung
Our university held the “2017 Young Maker Education Launch Ceremony” at the Centennial Hall Samsung Convention Center on March 4.
This event that is jointly organized by our university’s Research Center for Creative New Media Design and Maker Education Korea was prepared to popularize “Maker Movement” that is emerging as a global educational trend.
The Maker Movement that began in the U.S. in 2006 is a new educational method that seeks to develop confidence and creative thinking skills through the experience of making something, and it is to promote interest in diverse fields such as science & technology, mathematics, and arts.
With the start of the last year’s 1st Maker Education Korea Forum organized by Maker Education Korea, which is a nonprofit educational service organization, discussions on maker education is being conducted in earnest. Lee Ji-seon, who is the president of Maker Education Korea and a professor at the Department of Visual & Media Design, explained that “In light of the recent changes from the emergence of the 4th industrial revolution such as AI and IoT, the maker education is grabbing a lot of attention as the education that can foster appropriate talents.”
The launch ceremony was participated by 230 middle school and high school students who are participating in the “Young Maker Project” and “Young Maker Researcher.” The Young Maker Project is an educational project with the aims to “provide 3 hours a week to become a maker,” and the participants are to receive education every Saturday from March to June. Our university’s Research Center for Creative New Media Design will be in charge of recording the research and curriculum of the program that will be held for a total of 15 weeks.
In addition, the Young Maker Researcher that is being conducted for high school students can receive support mentoring from maker expert groups in diverse fields such as drone, Arduino, and coding through activities based on SNS as well as educational support from relevant corporations such as IBM Korea (Young Maker Challenge and Camp) and AUTODESK (3D Printer Modeling Program Education). The participants are expected to have the opportunity to present their projects and share experiences through the Mini Maker Fair that is to be held in July.
President Jungai Kang said, “Although the maker education is still new in Korea, it is an educational movement that has already formed a big trend all over the world,” and “our university will lead the educational reform so that we can foster talents who can imagine, make, and perform creative thinking on their own, away from the existing methods of unilateral education.”