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The Gavity Racer intergenerational project

Finland

Länsi-Suomi(Finland)

The Gavity Racer intergenerational project © Kouluvaarit ry

The Gravity Racer project was implemented at Huoli School (Mynämäki) in cooperation with the NGO Kouluvaarit ry (Granddads in School). During the school year 2011-12, Hannu Gustafsson, one of the volunteer seniors of Granddads in School, built a gravity racer car together with Huolil’s pupils.

The car was designed by the intergenerational team and made with various recycled materials, while ensuring that the product of their joint effort would be suitable for racing and, above all, safe. The shared DIY work was done in the Woodwork class.

For several years Kouluvaarit ry has invited schools that have built gravity racers to a shared  event, which in 2012 was held on 16th May in Turku, at Väsärämäki School.

The children’s feedback has been positive. Time shared with the School Granddad was eagerly awaited and described to other pupils. From the senior’s perspective (Hannu Gustafsson), working with schoolchildren gives him energy and puts him in a good mood.

The expertise of both sides grows while working together, passing handicraft skills naturally from generation to generation.

The Gravity Racer project achieved the first place at generations@school competition organised in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

 

 
Promoter: Granddads in School

Granddads in School is a group of volunteers, aged 55+, who help primary school teachers and pupils in several activities to increase intergenerational communication.

 
Contact: Katja Rippstein: katja.rippstein@mynamaki.fi