Smart Hands

Smart Hands

European project based on education focused on training skilled and circular thinkers and makers

Smart Hands is a true strategic partnership involving four secondary schools, three expert partners and one pan-European education innovation network. Schools work together with different expert organizations to develop cross subject lesson material.

New young professional
We  witness a growing interest for producing local products, sustainable design and an increasing demand for skilled workers who can think and act. This shift demands a new young professional. The student who is inventive, knows about material, is skilled, is focused and has a team spirit, has the future.

Clever and crafty
We aim to create a recommitment to the vocational arts, in education and in life. Students learn to follow the path of their tendency and talent, rather than banish everyone to a college prep tract. By challenging students to take their time, perform trial & error activities, we teach them to be clever and crafty. This also includes prolonging their attention span and be able to work in a focused manner on long term assignments and viewing challenges from all angles.

Our ambition is to educate skills in a cross subject manner to create context for students. The combination of alpha, beta and gamma subjects in one task challenges students to be more exploring, creative, ingenious and inventive. Important aspect here is to create the circumstances for students to “learn to learn” this way.

Students in the lead
The youth unemployment in the EU underlines the necessity to spark a dynamic and positive attitude among young people towards enterprising behaviour, networking skills and pro-activity. Learning by doing and educating students to take initiative and investigate opportunities themselves, will increase employability. Smart Hands addresses this need by the key focus on the initiative of the student.


Where: Europe
When: sep 2019 – aug 2022 (extended to aug 2023)
Financial support: Erasmus +
Partners: House of Design Netherlands (lead partner); OBS Singelland (school) Netherlands; AEJE (school) Portugal; Way of Arts Portugal; Colegiul National Emil Racovita (school) Romania; Scientifica Romania; Kummun koulu (school) Finland; University of Eastern Finland; Open Education Community Belgium.