New form of technical challenge competitions
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Through the Vakkanjers programme, teen boys and girls discover and develop their skills on all levels. All the way from pre-vocational education (vmbo) till intermediate vocational education (mbo) and young working people. This is done along the path of a technical assignment from a socially relevant, real-world client.
The technical industries are desperate for well-educated craftspeople. Through the Vakkanjers programme schools and companies collaborate to make the craftspeople of the future, with a challenge for a annually changing client. A real-world assignment, for a major national organisation. After the Red Cross and the Dutch Water Authorities, the students are going to get to work for The National Committee for 4 and 5 May (i.e. national celebration of Liberation Day).
The students work in teams, like a mini company – along with their teacher as a coach. From first draft to working prototype, which is presented to the client in a pitch. This way the students not only learn technical craftsmanship, but skills like taking initiative, problem solving, teamwork and contact with customers as well – crucial skills in a rapidly changing world. Young participants are given a head start in their school career and the labour market. Optimal preparation for a great career!
The ultimate challenge for first form pre-vocational
The Scouts get an open assignment which mainly stimulates their creativity and curiosity. Connected to the concept of ‘Freedom’ they design a modern Monument and build, with support, a scale version of it. The assignment leaves plenty of room for personal ideas.
Second and Third form pre-vocational students explore their skills
The Vakkanjer Explorers are going to build a Monument in which the concept of ‘Freedom’ plays a key role. Freedom in Motion: something’s happening. Maybe it chooses its own path, maybe it keeps changing or maybe it’s unpredictable. The only thing teams have to take into account is size restraints and that it has to be fitted on a supportive structure.
Designing and Building for tomorrow’s craftspeople
Vakkanjer Pioneers build and program a light monument in the form of a light cube. In this assignment technical skill, cooperation and creativity join into one finished product: a cube made of LEDs soldered in a grid, individually programmable into a spectacular light show of effects, shapes and text. The teams get the kit ready to be assembled, the content is up to them.
Intermediate Vocational students and young professionals push themselves
The challenge for the Navigators is right in line with the pre-vocational students’ challenge. The Navigators get their inspiration form the Scouts’ design work and create something that can be a podium for separate elements, like a Light Cube. We’re talking about a supportive structure. The Navigators are given all freedom for interpretation and creativity, within some requirements. The combination of the separate elements and the Modular Base built by the Navigators form the ultimate Monument!