What happened at FixCamp… can’t stay at FixCamp.
FixCamp enabled young future fixers to create a world of their own design. Mashing up design, engineering, technology art and architecture, and fusing imagination and skill, FixCamp challenged campers to build big every day, demonstrating how deep understanding and big thinking can be developed through hands-on making…
Drawing on the UN sustainable development goals (SDG) framework as a basis for looking at the challenges of living together in cities, FixCamp set kids to work to imagine solutions, and then build them.
FixCamp welcomed 265 fixers from all backgrounds. A third were girls and approaching 30% were from BAME groups, both of which are underrepresented in the design and engineering sectors.
Encouraging creative and critical exploration.
FixCamp encouraged creative and critical exploration of new ideas and technologies through discussion, teamwork and making. FixCamp developed making skills throughout each day from morning sessions in making tool belts, learning a skill such as whittling or laser cutting and making a tool. These sessions prepared and developed the campers skillset ready for the afternoon large-scale structural making session – the big builds.
FixCamp addressed a decline in making skills and a lack of engagement in the real world through using themes which could the campers could draw from their own experiences, such as housing, education and living together. This provided a context for them to then think big and come up with open and innovative ideas for future cities. The projects the campers built surprised and delighted day-on-day, from a flying ‘air’ bnb which floats above the city, to a ‘power plant’ bio labs which finds ways of creating energy from plants.
‘The thing about FixCamp, it’s like you’re addicted. Once you’ve done it once you just want more …”
Who came to FixCamp
265 fixers, aged 9-14 years
98 participants from 48 schools
56% locals residents
Under-served audiences in engineering:
29% BAME background
92% of campers learnt something new about engineering.
25% want to be engineers when they grow up!
“Wow you have seriously inspired my daughter. She and her friend got home today after FixCamp raving about the experience…”
What we’ve learnt
FixCamp proved to be popular with campers marking their experience a 9.5 out of 10.
We’ll be releasing some of the things we’ve learnt from FixCamp so more people can empower young people to discover connections between design, engineering and creativity.
Get in touch
We’re already exploring how FixCamp can adapt to other environments such as universities.
If you want to discuss running FixCamp as a camp, within your organisation or education setting then get in touch!