4Cs – International Conference on Creative Education and Critical Thinking

The 4Cs project and Radiona.org as organizers invite all teachers, educators, pedagogues, educational workers, museum workers, curators, cultural workers, producers, artists, students and innovators to join 4K – International Conference on Creative Education and Critical Thinking. The conference will be held on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla in Zagreb.

The international project 4Cs’ develops competencies for teachers and students related to the 4Cs’ skills of the 21st century: critical thinking, creativity, cooperation and communication.

The 4Cs’ project sees the cultural sector as a dynamic space for learning and exchange, therefore it responds to this need by supporting educational approaches to creative and critical thinking in schools through engagement in the cultural sector, especially museums, galleries, makerspaces, science centers and festivals.

The project is the result of three previous Erasmus+ projects: Creative
Museum, Making Museum and Creative School (2014-2022).

The conference is divided into two parts: the morning part with presentations and talks, while the afternoon is scheduled for practical workshops with the aim of presenting maker culture to the cultural sector with an element of recycling abandoned technology, work with hands and attitude towards gamification for needs.

Entrance to the conference is free, but it is necessary to pre-register (first stage) and confirm two days before the start of the conference (second stage). Working language: English.

SUBMISSIONS (until Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at noon) here: https://forms.gle/WKqgbT5LPBkeaDHD9

As part of the conference, lunch and refreshments are provided, as well as access to materials at the workshops (participants take the results home.)

During the conference, we will also mark the fiftieth anniversary of the game Pong, one of the first arcade games released in 1972 on the Atari platform. For this occasion, we will present and enable conference participants to play Pong in pairs or alone on different consoles, from vintage to DIY gamer consoles during the break.

Conference schedule:

09:30 – 10:00Registration, coffee and biscuits
10:00 – 10:03Welcome – Deborah Hustić, Radiona.org, Hrvatska
10:03 – 10:10Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty, Ireland: Introduction – 4Cs Competency Framework for teachers, educators and students
Module 1: 
10:10 – 10:20Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, Heritec Ltd, United Kingdom: 4Cs’ competences for teachers, educators, facilicators and cultural workers
10:20 – 10:30Q&A
10:30 – 10:50Maddalena Nicoletti, Steps srl, Italy: Reflective practices, an educational toolbox for continuous professional development and the CRAFTED model as an approach to education

10:50 – 11:00Pitanja i odgovori 
11:00 – 11:20Vincent McCarthy, The Festival of Curiosities, Ireland: 4Cs’ – critical thinking, creativity, cooperation and communication – the detailed focus of the project
10:20 – 11:30Q&A
11:30 – 12:00A break for introduction and conversation with some coffee, tea, biscuits and Pong
Module 2: Critical thinking through creative and social awareness approaches – examples of practice from abroad and Croatia
12:00 – 12:20 Peggy Brandon, Director of MOCCA Amsterdam, curator for the newly founded National Museum of Slavery in Amsterdam, President of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation Musea Bekennen Kleur, The Netherlands
12:20 – 12:30 Q&A
12:30 – 12:50 Ida Loher & Jelena Bračun, Association for the Promotion of Visual Culture – OPA, Croatia
12:50 – 13:00Q&A
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Module 2: 4K Lab Worksops
14:00 – 16:00Workshop 1:
Damir Prizmić – Mobiles and moving structures / Alexander Calder / Bruno Munari
Workshop 2:
Paula Bučar – Pop-up + LED – Build your own city/quart
Workshop 3:
Tomislav Zidar – Djuvedj: Retro robots – recycling/upcycling of disposable  technology
Workshop 4: 
Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe: Object based learning
Pong Chilling zone for participants – from retro games to joint solutions and cooperation
16:00 -17:00 Conclusion and mingling with coffee, tea and biscuits.Cheers until next time!


Conference concept: Deborah Hustić (selection of external guests, workshops), Jenny Siung, Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, Maddalena Nicoletti, Vincent McCarthy (4Cs project presentations).
Coordination: Vito Menjak
Streaming & video production: Lit Production (Tomislav Tukša)
Catering: Avocado
Photo: Radiona
Technical Museum Nikola Tesla: Marijo Zrna

Project coordinator: Chester Beatty (Ireland)
Partners: Festival of Curiosity (Ireland), Heritec (UK), Steps srl (Italy), Finnish Museum Association – Museollitto (Finland) and Radiona – Zagreb Makerspace (Croatia).

Members of the 4Cs’ project:
Jenny Siung, Ireland (Chester Beatty Library)
Justyna Chmielewska, Ireland (Chester Beatty Library)
Pier Giacomo Sola, Italy (Steps srl)
Maddalena Nicoletti, Italy (Steps srl)
Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, Great Britain (Heritec Ltd)
Pauliina Kinnanen, Finland (Museollitto)
Emilia Merisalo, Finland (Museollitto)
Vincent McCarthy, Ireland (The Festival of Curiosity)
Deborah Hustić, Croatia (Radiona – Zagreb Makerspace)

Organizers: 4Cs & Radiona.org
Partner: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum

Program supported by: Erasmus+

More details about the project: https://chesterbeatty.ie/learning/european-funded-projects/the-4-cs-project-erasmus-2021-2023/