Student Exchange Programme: Connected Worlds 2017
What would school exchange of the future be like? How does technology facilitate the exchange of students?
The Goethe-Instituts in East Asia – Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Korea, Mongolia and Beijing, together with the project team “Jugend hackt” from Berlin, organized three parallel workshops “Connected Worlds” from 12 to 15 Oct.2017. 70 youths from South Korea, Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei met in the metropolises Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and developed together 14 prototypes for school exchange of the future.
The participants from East Asia, all between 16 and 18 years old, learn German as a foreign language at schools and have little or no previous knowledge of programming. The German youths, on the other hand, have already taken part in events organized by the “Jugend hackt” in Germany before and possessed programming skills. To help the youths get to know each other better, break down language barriers, as well as to give them a technical start, the participants created voodoo dolls which can make sounds at the push of a button and serve as avatars together. Through other activities, such as exchange of souvenirs, cooking and eating together, city tours… they discovered and experienced cultures from different countries.
From brainstorming to programming, the youths worked in groups and implemented everything themselves. Supports are given by German volunteers and pedagogical computer specialists, mentors from local partner organizations, as well as 15 accompanying teachers from participating countries. The results of this four-day joint creative process are presented in German by participants on 15th October 2017 in front of audience in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo, as well as worldwide through Livestream on Youtube and Facebook.