A framework for workshop modules to tickle the curiosity for a deeper understanding and a critical reflection of technical objects.
In a series of co–design workshops different Do–It–With–Others (DIWO) modules were developed to teach young adults and children the life cycle of a mobile phone in a playful way, showing them which kinds of materials and parts it consists of, as well as empowering them to reuse and appropriate still–functioning parts of discarded mobile phones to build new artifacts, especially small robots. These robots then tell personal stories of their former life as mobile phones. They are built to protest and motivate for sustainable consumption and give inspiration for new usage strategies. By reiterating the technology’s narrative, kids learn to critique and question consumer electronics. They are provided with necessary knowledge, tools and methods to deconstruct the black box and act as multipliers of knowledge, being able to easily teach others.
All developed material is licensed under Creative Commons and available on the online platform http://schrottkueche.de.
30/10/2014 Deutschlandfunk “Was so alles in einem Handy steckt”
15/10/2014 ZEIT Online “Die Schrottküche brodelt”
15/10/2014 SPIEGEL Online “Code Week in Berlin: Wäscheklammer-Roboter und Voodoopuppen”
13/10/2014 TAZ Online Die drei Fragezeichen – Schrottküche