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Community drive

 

TEACHING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRANSFORM CITIES THROUGH COMMUNITY AND DATA-DRIVEN METHODS (COMMUNITY DRIVE)

Research theme

Children, young people and the education of the future (ICT as enabler of connected societies).

Summary

Community Drive is a technical and humanistic research and development project, focusing on education, learning and the co-production of knowledge.

Through technical and humanistic cooperation, the project seeks to create models for children and young people to participate academically in the resolution of future social challenges by becoming an active and contributing part of research and development efforts. The ambition of the project is to become a flagship in AAU’s strategic focus on 'Knowledge for the World', as the new models for education, knowledge production and research partnerships can be used internationally to address urban and social challenges.

The project aims at generating groundbreaking knowledge within 'community driven science', while contributing with knowledge about how 'design thinking' can be applied as an approach to the learning of '21st century skills'. Furthermore, the project contributes with knowledge about user-driven Big Data and the Internet of Things in connection with intelligent and socially responsible urban renewal. 

The project is carried out in cooperation between the City of Copenhagen, local schools and AAU. It aims to involve students, teachers, researchers and other experts in the urban development of the north-western part of Copenhagen, where young people are co-producers of knowledge in the transformation of their local community. The project has an integrated multidisciplinary approach to cooperation, as it combines so-called 'lived data' about the city – as perceived or measured by the young participants – with different types of data from the municipality as a basis for developing models to transform the city.

Researchers from three faculties and five departments at AAU are participating in the project.