PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a)building real houses, operating electric tools, designing and manufacturing toys from wood and metal etc.; b)our own center of activities, private and underprivileged schools and kindergartens, exterior public and private places, companies headquarters and other; c)daily; d)2-8 hours; e)Ikedoo Trainers
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
An important part of our inspiration is in the activities kids do in our workshops. We encourage them to express themselves in what they want to do, what they think, how they play. We change our way of doing things according to their needs and desires. We get a lot of ideas from our sessions of co-creation with them. Involving kids in creating their own learning tools is something to explore. We believe in experiential learning and all its implications.We think that Virtual learning is not the only solution. They need to play and learn in real life in order to develop a complete set of skills.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Playing is the fundamental mechanism of learning. We find this behavior in all the species on the Earth. We build most of our activities as games, with codes that children follow, change, interfere with. We alternate free play with structured play in order to follow a system of objectives, but also to give them the freedom to explore.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
- center of activities- paying customers : 50 %
- external activities - paying customers: 25%
- ERSTE- grant: 8%
- sponsors: 7%
- own funds: 9%
- competitions: 1%
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
This year we have started a new project, Ikedoo Mobile, for underpriviledged communities. This project started with a grant from ERSTE Foundation and other sponsors and it will become in phase 2 self-sustained by mixing income from sponsor, paying customers to sustain non-paying activities.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
improve our facilities in terms of man power and tools. Every week we have new projects and ideas we want to do and our resources are no longer enough.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
MARKS-Trout & Partners - We have worked together on the gamefication processes in our courses, for kids and their parents; we developed together the starting strategies and positioning on the market; we developed together concepts for some of our programs
ERSTE Foundation - Funds and help in promoting our project, Ikedoo Mobile
BOSCH- facilitated access to equipment for our workshop and for our courses
PARENTIME- parenting organization
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
We have received a lot of feedback from many interesting people. We are now in discussions with some of them, but we haven't yet started a collaboration.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
Our goal is to create as many research centers as possible all over the world. We believe that a constant improvement and exploration of new ideas in education is mandatory for an ever changing world. New technologies, new professions and jobs appear every year and children need to be prepared for these changes. A rigid educational system is no longer a solution for the future. An innovative, flexible system is needed and we intend to create it.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
More and more people from Romania and other countries know about Ikedoo and ask for centers in their own regions. key metrics:
- Short term: new kids – 50- 100 a month; returning kids- 90%, school/kindergartens demands- 8 this year
- medium term: the need to open new centers; kids results in school comparing to the average- 1 year
- long term: school and professional success of kids attending Ikedoo courses, demand on Ikedoo Schools-5-10 years
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Physical Play, Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Games with Rules, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Providing a Range of Opportunities (providing the equipment and materials needed for various types of play), Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.