ArtsSciences Design-a-thon: Solving Complex Problems in Interdisciplinary Teams

Melissa Bremmer, Emiel Heijnen, Anna Hotze, Monique Pijls, Emer Beamer, Nathalie Roos

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In this empirical study, the one-day project Robot Love Design-a-thon was designed for an interdisciplinary group of preservice teachers (in arts, sciences, and primary education), and evaluated through observations and learner reports. An analysis of the observations and the learner reports showed that having to go through a complete design process in a single day worked well: it facilitated the exchange of ideas and critical discussions between students concerning the project’s socially engaged theme ‘Tenderness and Technology’. In addition, interdisciplinary collaboration emerged as an important learning outcome. All students found working in mixed teams a relevant and educational experience as they could profit from each other’s expertise.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of STEM Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021


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