Sanna, CTO at Mehackit, is a technology educator and designer with a special interest in the boundaries of formal and informal learning. She has a background in learning product development and hands-on facilitation work with all kinds of audiences eg. at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. As a cross-curricular professional she has been equally at home designing digital learning prototypes in the Learning Environments research group at Aalto University, or organizing the first Mini Maker Faires in Finland with Wärk Association. At Mehackit Sanna develops the Electronics and Programming track of Mehackit Atelier, manages teacher training programs and has an overall passion in creating a versatile creative technology curriculum that provides a new angle to the everyday environment, maker culture and creativity. Sanna has Master’s Degrees in Musicology and New Media Design and Production.
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Let Me Hack It – Creativity in Technology and Programming Education
Programming education becomes a creative practice when it meets visual arts, music and electronics. Applying creativity helps both students and teachers build internal motivation: a prerequisite for grasping new technologies around us. Play and imagination are key parts of Mehackit’s learning model, along with making active observations and sharing the discoveries. Maker and open source cultures are the prime example of the potential of sharing, and they are a powerful asset in coding education. Mehackit Atelier is an online environment designed to make creative programming in classrooms fluent, regardless of teachers’ or students’ skill level. Mehackit has organized blended learning and online courses and trainings for secondary schools since 2014.