University of Twente
I have been a (part time) lecturer and researcher at University of Twente since 2008. I teach courses on Physical Computing, Sensors, Tinkering, Design and (Social) Robotics.
Since the covid-19 pandemic most of my teaching is online, I try to make fun and engaging video lectures, recorded in my workshop:
In 2014 until 2016 I was organiser and co-host of a Fablab especially for children in the Roombeek area in Enschede. On Wednesday afternoons we hosted introduction workshops and lessons in 2D and 3D design aimed at children of 9-12 years old, using the laser cutter and 3D printer, designing T-shirts, solar-powered boats, etc. For both the participants and us as hosts/teachers a very rewarding and instructive period.
LEGO Serious Play
In 2014 I participated in the course for LEGO Serious Play facilitator hosted at COCD in Antwerp, thaught by Per Kristiansen, one of the developers of the method. I have hosted a number of fun and successful workshops since, for example in the DesignLab or at my studio.
One of the downsides of many STEM workshops is that hardware (electronics) is expensive, so a ‘build and take home’ workshop usually comes with a price-tag. In order to be able to design something and animate it, but without these costs, I developed an animatronic control box using a number of servos and a button panel, allowing participants to build something from cheap materials (cardboard) and make it come to life. Afterwards, the cardboard creation and fun videos are taken home, but the electronics are reclaimed and re-used. This approach works well, the workshop has been done at many festivals and events such as Night of the Nerds, Eureka, GogBot, Discovery Festival, ‘Nacht van de Wetenschap’, MediaFestival Hoofddorp and many others. It is also subject/example case in the MSc course ‘Mastering Tinkering’.