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…

Making circuits play ball with Makey Makey Go and electric paint

A Summer of sporting optimism and the anticipation of the start of the US Open after th'olympics and Wimbledon.  That's the background to our latest project, with an intention to nurture problem solving skills and perseverance alongside paddle prowess. And not forgetting role models though making.  In this case though, linking the sound of successes from…

The Yorkshire Mission to Mars – Saturday 12th March ’16

Just a few snippets from a fantastic day for family STEM learning during British Science Week. Full blogposts from the event are at Ground Control's website here, as 90 people joined us at the launch. An amazing collaborative day as the Huddersfield and Leeds Raspberry Jam communities joined through a Space themed Jam - The Yorkshire…

How do you solve a problem like Ada?

A glimpse into an Ada Lovelace inspired day during a Transition Week for Y6 students.  Poetic science and the obvious focus on progression of programming through algorithmic design. Challenges were created by the students themselves, who quickly discovered wearable tech possibilities using Codebug as their programmable device. Which direction did they take to use wearables as…

Tinkering to respond to a Tom Gates book

The opportunity to bring in sounds from the outdoors and rock compositions through a doodled book review.  That's one idea in response to the traits and characteristics from a favourite fictional character during the week of World Book Day. Opportunities to trigger by tinkering with electric paint don't happen very often as a homework activity, but occasionally when…