This Girl Codes: A new ‘Love’s Welcome for Bolsover’ through data science.

Women in Science Day 2019: A perfect time for Junction Arts to share updates about the This Girl Codes education programme in rural Derbyshire. Exploring cultural heritage through creative challenges, its aim over the two academic years was to empower women and girls through art, science and technology. The sessions were open to all abilities…

Back to school as an academic next term.

In what ways can Maker Education impact on child’s emotional well-being? This will be my focus as I join the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at Leeds University and combine research with our digital making programmes at The Foundation for Digital Creativity.   I’ve accepted my offer and opted for the part-time route to link both…

Constraints on creativity

Much has been written this week about a squeezed creative curriculum in our schools, including a perceived emphasis of teaching children to code to the detriment of other subjects in a timetable. Two points close to my heart and, for me, very much linked to curriculum and a wider perspective.  Also highlighted through conflict coming…

Heat transfer printing with tinkering possibilities

A birthday surprise this year was a Saturday Heat Transfer Printing course at the fantastic Leeds Print Workshop.  Result, loved it : ) Great chance to learn about basic techniques and it certainly opened my eyes to possibilities with my own e-textile projects and ambitions with creative data viz. A snapshot of my learning steps…

First Light: Electric Paint Lamp Kit

Perfect timing to build on the 'Dynamic Circuits' workshop we've just delivered with The Ada Show, and continue that exploration through creative tech. If it weren't for watching paint dry (literally, that's not an opinion!), the instructions and boxed kit were so intuitive that it could've been 'open to first light' in under 10 minutes.…

Shake Your #STEAM Power

Looking for a project with a social good theme and to build on resilience?Perhaps signposting girls towards STEAM through inspiring female role models?And support to make classroom connections or resources to develop design thinking skills? These were some of the reasons that I travelled to BETT2017 in January, with an intention to ask the MakerEd community for…

Easter Ninja Hack: Maker ‘Make Do’

That moment when you realise it's far too late for anything other than make do. And a late request from Jr for paint for the school's annual egg paint challenge turns up nothing but black paint.  And it's electric paint at that. But then, every cloud......... And every ninja....... Has potential for a Makey Makey hack. No…

Exploring paper circuits before a live data feed

I've got an idea in mind to create a piece of artwork to visualise some live data, and wanted to see how quickly we could create a starter paper circuit. Ordering Chibi Lights from the good folk at Pimoroni meant a first attempt notebook circuit within 24 hours and a whole lot of ideas to follow…

‘Quality’ decision making without peer pressure using Picap

Christmas came early last week.  Got to admit that we became embroiled in Quality Street-gate with forceful opinions expressed about which choc should have been replaced. The trouble was that peer pressure swayed some, and anecdotes through rose tinted spectacles blurred others, into thinking that another choc should've been booted first. Out came the first choc…