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THE MOVEABLE PLAYGROUND: PLAYFUL LEARNING ABOUT ENERGY USE AND SUSTAINABILITY
Together with designer collective ‘Groen Grijs Geel’ (Green Grey Yellow), Museum van Bommel van Dam has developed the Moveable Playground: a number of playground installations will placed on a school’s playground for a day. The mobile playground objects let children discover in a playful way how, for instance, solar panels work or how much energy it actually costs to charge a mobile phone. [more info]
In 2018, Museum van Bommel van Dam and the Circular Art Lab Limburg (CALL) will cross the bridge between art and sustainability questions. For CALL#4, which focuses on speeding up energy transition, the museum has joined forces with the collective Groen Grijs Geel (Green Grey Yellow). The collective consists of four young designers. They use special, experimental, and design research to find unexpected answers to societal issues. Groen Grijs Geel had been looking for ways to get children and their parents involved in energy transition. In order to do this, they have developed a workshop, and several educational installations which can be placed on a temporary basis in the public space. A first version of the Moveable Playground has been tested on the playground of primary school ‘Basisschool de Koperwiek’.
The testing day has made clear what children already know about subjects like energy and sustainability, and which methods are most appealing. The results have been used by Groen Grijs Geel to further developed the plans for the Moveable Playground. The mobile installations let children learn in a playful way how a solar panel works, which household devices are real energy-guzzlers, and how much energy it actually costs to charge a phone. The goal is to turn the project into a travelling event that stimulates conversations about sustainability in a natural way.
Moveable Playground Day?
The Moveable Playground is set up on the playground early in the morning so children can use it before class, during their break, and after school. A bad-weather plan has also been thought up. At the end of the day, everything is cleared up again. The installations can be supplemented with guest lessons or a workshop in which the children can make their own solar-powered toy car. Both are hosted by the designer collective. Click here for more information.