Cisco thingQbator Manchester

Exciting news for 2019: thingQbator Manchester is to delivered by The Foundation for Digital Creativity at Manchester Met University. It’s the first European university in a worldwide network of IoT (internet of things) innovation spaces funded by Cisco, and launches with a workshop programme on Wednesday 20th February. To find out more: ‘Cisco thingQbator‘ is a network of makerspaces in partner Universities…

Sensing a more connected and brighter future through digital making

It's been a busy couple of weeks sharing and learning through communities and contributing with what we've learnt through our Foundation's activities at events. Understanding the value of partnerships and collaborations gives amazing opportunities to evaluate projects and decide on plans moving forward. Conversations at The Things Network Conference earlier this month led to incredible insights into…

Soldering on to connect #MakerEd plans

Preparing for the unknown: Next week I'll be facilitating an Ada Day with a group of students who's activities will be centred around student voice and digital making. They'll be challenged to creatively visualise and solve real world problems, which are linked to their school's global citizenship curriculum. Following this first session, the students will…

(Smart) Sounds from the Classroom

We wanted to try out the Smart Citizen kit for ourselves, and then look towards comparative global opportunities, like teachers in Salford recently have.  And a couple in Hull, tentatively, too now. Link to Smart Citizen - Future Everything site But this was a family project and that very much meant being led by the youngest member.…

How can the IOT supercharge a superhero?

For a while now I've been exploring the work around the Internet of Things (IOT) and how creative school projects can link to the ideas and considerations from the world of data. In particular, collected data and analysis from the children themselves. As ever, it's been a two-fold exercise to incorporate teacher CPD alongside projects in…