Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Amelia Project is an effort by Portugese graduate student Filipe Santos to leverage Croquet/Cobalt as a way of helping young children to become empowered to collaborate, negotiate, and make decisions about the configuration of the real world spaces that they inhabit (playgrounds, classrooms, theatrical sets, etc.). The philosophy behind this project is to help enable a new culture of childhood in which children are more active participants in societal decision-making. Based out of Lisbon Portugal, the project takes its name from the primary school in Lisbon, Portugal, where the project originated. The video shows how the researchers are beginning to use Cobalt as a means of exploring the use of version control to help in managing various configuration proposals that are developed by the children who are proposing various configurations of a space. Using these versions, an instructor can help structure discussion and facilitate debate among the children.