In the Kids4Wearables project, fashion is a general area of interest for children and adolescents and is the starting point for the innovation theme Wearables. Wearables are technologies that are usually worn around the body (such as heart rate monitors, smartwatches, but also technologies that help people with a disability in their own autonomy).
Pupils from 5 compulsory schools from the Salzkammergut receive insights into research, technology and innovation development (FTI) and can be self-employed. Students will discover the techniques of research-based learning, develop ideas for wearables, and participate actively in the transfer of knowledge together with the scientific and company partners. The inclusion of children from families with migration experience as well as gender integration should also be taken into account in the project.
The IFZ team (Anita Thaler and Michaela Jahrbacher) will carry out the project-accompanying evaluation and thus contribute to quality assurance for the project. The evaluation approach includes two components:
1. The process evaluation is to return running feedback to the project team with methods of pedagogical ethnography, supplementary focus groups or interviews and meetings, in order to optimize the project in the runtime.
2. The effectiveness assessment raises the development of the RTI interest of the young people and the extent to which they succeeded in reaching the desired target group.