KSB gave us the opportunity to integrate the Kitec (children's technology) project into our work. Regular visits by »artists and craftsmen« were already on August Hermann Francke's school schedule. Although the idea of illustrating information through practical applications and models was not revolutionary in this sense, it was first introduced at the Francke Foundations at the beginning of the 18th century into an educational concept that benefited both boys and girls from all walks of life.
Following this tradition, the Hort der Franckesche Stiftungen participates in the KiTec project of the Wissensfabrik e.V. thanks to its project partner KSB Werk Halle. Children discover technology: With the help of materials and instructions provided, the young inventors can try their hand at various tasks in construction, automotive and electrical engineering. However, learning how to use the necessary tools and basic knowledge in various technical areas is only one aspect. Developing ideas together and solving problems trains social skills and promotes creative thinking. In a two-day workshop, the staff and children of the after-school care centre received a practical introduction to the project, with comprehensive basic theoretical knowledge of the materials and their possible uses. »We were able to experience how exciting and interesting, but also how much fun it is to work, fiddle around and try things out.« The enclosed manuals enabled even the inexperienced hobby craftsmen among us to complete their work. During the construction of the suspension bridge, the »self-propelled« car and a drawbridge we could not get out of our amazement.
The pool of ideas and materials of the project has not been exhausted for a long time and will continue to accompany the handicraft work of the after-school children in the future.