About the Project

This project is one of the 2019 WISE Awards finalists. 

MyMachine is a free haven in the education system in which students learn that having ideas is important and what it takes to bring an idea to life. Considering its focus on invention, design & making, Harvard Professors Clapp, Kamarainen and Smiraglia find that the brand of I-can-do-that supported by MyMachine resonates with the ability to see the world as malleable.


Context and Issue

Education will have to change to prepare students for the current innovation economy: a new world emerging on the crossroads of artificial intelligence, enabling technologies and big data. The W.E.F. calls it the 4th Industrial Revolution. To enable young people to survive and thrive in this challenging context, education will have to shift from solely knowledge transmission to including 21st century skills development. The question is: how can you make that happen?


The Solution and Impact

The answer, according to Tom Vander Ark, is to learn youngsters ‘attack skills’: learning how to take initiative, bring ideas to life, collaborate & respect each other’s talents, which he endorses in the MyMachine model:

MyMachine is a unique inter-generational co-creation process: in one school year:

1. Step1: Primary School Children invent a “dream machine” (IDEA). Anything goes, as long as they really, really want it.

2. Step2: University Students (engineers, product designers, digital designers etc.) step in to translate that into a CONCEPT.

3. Step3: Technical Secondary Students make a WORKING PROTOTYPE.


These 3 steps are not divided. While collaborating as peers, students can use the expertise of local corporations & organizations that share a common view on creativity, STE(A)M, entrepreneurship, project-based and maker-centered learning.


Future Developments

As the students of MyMachine understand, if one sees the world as malleable, than one can better affect change and shape one’s world. All students learn that they can also contribute to society rather then just be a consumer of it.

May 23, 2019 (last update 09-11-2019)