AI, robotics, programming, and more: “missimo” brings basic digital education to rural elementary schools throughout Austria.
With “missimo”, pupils aged eight to ten can explore basic digital education using numerous experiments and installations. Developed by the Ars Electronica Futurelab and operated by the Ars Electronica Center, the project of the non-profit private foundation Kaiserschild visits schools in rural areas throughout Austria by truck.
The sustainable concept starts with teacher training courses, and the missimo truck also has trained digital trainers on board to help and advise the children. Inside the truck there are six main installations with different learning experiences and stories. A microcontroller accompanies the children from station to station – including an avatar that can be personalized and can even be captured on photos using a “magic mirror”. The so-called micro:bit is then also used in the workshop kit: experiments and tests for the classroom and at home complete the sustainable concept, which conveys long-term enjoyment of learning – closely linked to the truck’s information and simulation options.