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This article takes a look at Käsityökoulu Robotti (www.kasityokoulurobotti.fi), an art & craft school, a type of hackerspace for children, which is offering children teaching on art and technology. Käsityökoulu Robotti situates itself in the context of art education, media art, maker movement, critical technology education, peer production and commons thinking. Art education is essential to Käsityökoulu Robotti in bilateral sense: to discover in which ways art can be used to create understanding in technology and at the same time to teach children to use new technological tools for self-expression. These questions are tied into each other as technology, such as code, can be important way to express oneself in ways that otherwise couldn’t be possible. And at the same time using artistic approaches such as creative coding can generate embodied knowledge of technology. This is particularly important with the ever increasing digitalization of our society and culture, as it otherwise may presents itself as abstract or even magical or mystical.
The article examines how does creative coding work as a teaching method in Käsityökoulu Robotti to promote both the artistic expression and critical understanding in technology. Creative coding is a tool for bridging the cap between maker movement, critical thinking, art practices and commons based ideologies. The research uses ethnographical analysis and interviews with teachers and students in art & craft school Robotti.