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 … Continue reading Constraints on creativity
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 … Continue reading Leaf Spotting: Citizen Science with Foldscope
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 … Continue reading Heat transfer printing with tinkering possibilities
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 … Continue reading Sensing a more connected and brighter future through digital making
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 … Continue reading Starting the new year with a STEM role model focus
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 … Continue reading First Light: Electric Paint Lamp Kit
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 … Continue reading Foldscope: Unlocking the wonders of STEM with more origami.
So proud to have worked on this project with the team at Leeds University. Research centred around interviews and workshops with Y8 & Y9 students, teachers, heads and community makers … Continue reading Research published: A year’s #MakerEd in Leeds’ schools
Exciting times ahead! The start of this new academic year has seen us launching The Foundation for Digital Creativity. I’ve been blown away by the messages of support and encouragement … Continue reading Next steps: Building a Digital Foundation
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 … Continue reading Soldering on to connect #MakerEd plans
“Everybody’s welcome!” Since October 2015, and that first monthly Leeds Raspberry Jam at Swallow Hill Community College, we’ve tried to support the community to increase opportunities with digital making activities. … Continue reading Extending digital making collaborations with #ReadySteadyPi
We’ve been using a Y6 creative programme to link programming with literacy through digital making. Songs to code to alongside insults to sling! A Shakespearean school production gave the impetus … Continue reading Shakespeare Rocks!