What is Moleque de Ideias?
Moleque de Ideias is a workplace and small community of dedicated and talented people are no strict divisions between the areas of activity and ideas flow freely from the most unexpected sources. This is also the experience of the professional software development department, ideas and opportunities come when they do and an open organization like Moleque de Ideias can assimilate them and make unexpected things happen in an easy way.
Moleque de Ideias was formed twenty one years ago by partners Leila Pais de Miranda, Nilton Lessa and Luís Eugênio Pacheco to work with technology and kids. Moleque de Ideias was born as a software engineering company that from the beginning was conceived as a space where children and teens can attend and develop their own projects. "We are a company that recognizes that the power of digital technologies exponentially expand the human potential to meet the world and interact with it, and we believe that children from small can live with this technology and grow with it. Not only as users of systems developed by others, but as creators themselves".
There is a strong commitment not to institutionalize the various parts of all that happens and to remain creative and to let things grow naturally.
There is also a sense that things happen for the best if you let them.
The Moleque new locality has great possibilities for urban agriculture. There is a green roof and a big garden with room for all sorts of spices, legumes, berries and citrus trees. There are plans for a fish-farming project with Tilapia fish and/or shrimps. There are also plans for a smoking facility for the fish and bacon, hams or sausage. And to have a chicken family.
The work with the kids
Children are welcome, since they are really young. Mostly from four years old, but there is no real limit. The main objective is to cherish their self-esteem, let them have their own ideas and interact with them in a responsible, nice and friendly way. We work with them so they have what they need to flourish, making friends and in peace with nature. There is a lot of hardware and software in different areas of knowledge, an Electronics FabLab, tools and different construction kits on many levels and styles. Possibilities for advanced computer use, graphics work, photography, robotics, microscope use and much more.
Groups at Moleque de Ideias have around 8 children and various adults of different education, expertise and interests. Each adult brings their personal background to enrich the children's projects and help them develop their knowledge.
The children organize themselves in taking into consideration what they wish to do and the resources available and they set out to perform their ideas. This way they live the multidisciplinary production process, interact with other children and adults, deal with the organization of knowledge and develop their critical sense and their creativity.
And, most importantly, they widen their self-knowledge and self-love, getting in touch with their talents.
Michael Collan has since 2012 taken the role of crew chef and prepares the daily meals, that are very appreciated by the personnel. Moleque pays for the food shopping, which takes place mainly in local markets. Every contribution, however, is very welcome since this is a collaboration. So is helping with the cooking and the cleaning up afterwards.
The menu has been varied, from Nordic specialties to Moqueca and Churrasco with a variety of meat, fish, chicken and seafood with fresh vegetables and fruit from the markets and Moleque’s own production.
Fresh bread is baked at least every week to eat in the afternoon or for people to take home for the weekend. The garden/horta provides fresh spices, salad, Acerola, Goiaba, Mango and much more
Photos by: Anderson Dias Ivo, Rudá Albuquerque