We are a European initiative that wants to empower children to contribute to the design of a better future. We believe that we can support children’s imagination, self-esteem, and ability to contribute by letting them experience Design Thinking and Maker Education activities at a young age. Therefore, we aim to create materials that support teachers with implementing Design Thinking and Maker Education practices in their schools.

Design Futures is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project’s partners are: TU/Eindhoven, Designathon Works, PACO Design Collaborative, Stimmuli, All Grow, Aristotelio College of Thessaloniki.

For more information send an e-mail to:

The Netherlands: a.h.m.veldhuis@tue.nl ; emer@designathon.nl Greece: ioanna.garefi@stimmuli.eu ; georgiasafouri@yahoo.com Italy: silvia@pacollaborative.com Romania: info@allgrowconsulting.com

Project’s timeline

Feb-April 2020

Understanding teachers and students needs

Interviews and workshops are organised to identify gaps in integrating Design Thinking and Makers Education in student’s curriculum. 

November 2020

Teacher Training workshop

Teachers from different schools in Europe attend a full immersion training course on Design Futures method.

Jan-Mar 2021

Iterative testing of the activities in schools

Teachers implement and test the methods and the Design Future curriculum learned during the training, in their everyday classes.

April 2021

Maker fairs in Romania, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands

A series of events dedicated to celebrate the outcomes of the students during the pilot testing are organised in each partner’s country

May-June 2021

Impact evaluation of the method

Evaluation of the student’s self-efficacy and creative development, and the teachers’ experience during the piloting phase.

August 2021

Final Event in Amsterdam

At the celebratory final event in the Netherlands we will share the work with a wide audience in in a playful way and ‘maker’ way.