Leaf Spotting: Citizen Science with Foldscope

Spent Earth Day getting the kids actively involved in conversations about a proposed Clean Air Zone in Leeds. What does, and should, it mean to them if they're living and walking to school within the Zone? We took the chance to get hands-on with Foldscope and explore issues, opinions and facts currently being talked about.…

Starting the new year with a STEM role model focus

This year has given me many opportunities to embrace change and direct more of my time into areas of passion and importance. Alongside establishing programmes with the Foundation for Digital Creativity, we've been working with the STEM Ambassador Hub Trans Pennine to include opportunities to inspire young people exploring STEM futures by including the support…

Foldscope: Unlocking the wonders of STEM with more origami.

Grasping the opportunity to attend Fablearn '15 offered me THE best CPD for MakerED. It also introduced me to another network and through that came an awareness and excitement surrounding this Foldscope project. More details on the link about the inspiring work by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski at Stanford University.  If you're not aware of Foldscope…

Flying Ninja Catapult and other simple machines

We've been connecting ideas with straws to understand what a simple machine is and using design thinking to develop complex skills. With a maker kit of Strawbees to support innovations to solve real world problems, we first looked at creating a claw machine. That meant exploring perceptions about the fairness of arcade claws and how building, testing and refining…

Challenging perceptions of Computer Science using ‘real life, regular people’

Invited into Malet Lambert School, Hull, to support their 'Discover me' transition activity got me thinking about my own aspirations at the age of 11. And then inquisitiveness set in to ask friends and colleagues about their career choices, transitions and decision making across those phases.  Responses to 'what did you want to be when you were 11?'…