Unlocking creative motivations with #The100DayProject

I've signed up to join the brilliant online art project that is #The100DayProject at a time when I know I'll be 'thinking about thinking' and learning experiences most days. Starting on 2nd April, I'll be using creativity to link together the different strands of EdD activities and projects with FDC. This semester has seen me…

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…

Clean Air Parents’ Network from ClientEarth

I was invited to join The National Clean Air for Children Programme launch at a parliamentary reception with more than 60 MPs, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and ex-Conservative cabinet minister Maria Miller. A great chance to find out more from the growing network of parents and carers across the country, coming together with ClientEarth's…

Next steps: Building a Digital Foundation

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 received as I've 'regenerated' from my previous role over the Summer and new plans and collaborations emerge. We're on a mission to advance the education…

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 6th July 2016

Robots, clocks, game making, Pygame and musical compositions with Sonic Pi. This month's jam was a blend of personalised projects and inspiration through collaboration. We got the chance to do a bit of clock watching this new timepiece.  There's something wonderful about seeing binary in colour 🙂 Details about the project from this link to The MagPi…

Hull Raspberry Jam, Saturday 25th June

Great to see the Raspberry Jam community growing in Hull. This weekend we welcomed over 40 people into Malet Lambert School, on a sunny Saturday morning, to share and learn together using Raspberry Pi. New collaborations forming, and family learning challenges extending, as teams expand with added experiences and programming snippets from others. One of our workshops centred around…

Raspberry Jam in Leeds – March

We got musical, retro and nostalgic in a number of ways this month as members of our community shared projects old and new. Playing the theremin, Clara Rockmore style, gave us ideas with gesture control and modern day equivalents. And of course Clara's musical artistry, and performances 'playing the waves', gave us more than a few creative ideas to…

Solving real life problems with Flotilla: Successful pairing of clean socks from the laundry basket

Our Flotilla kit from Pimoroni arrives and the first project is 4-fold: Check out 'intuitiveness' in the usual household fashion of what's possible in 10 minutes without reading the instructions.Explore how we can expand IOT possibilities with Raspberry Pi and learn more about inputs/outputs with these new sensors.Have fun and a bit of mischief (that'll…

Back to Uni & making way with a new MakerEd Research project.

Last year's Jam Packed Tour was an amazing experience.  That's a description in the cold light of day, and along the way I was known to have use figurative language comparisons along the lines of 'bonkers, crazy and nuts'. Not least that Alan and I had agreement from our employers to be released from commitments on 'JP Fridays' with our full-time…

Leeds Raspberry Jam – 7th October 2015

We had our first regular Raspberry Jam in Leeds this week, which was kindly hosted by our friends at Swallow Hill Community College in Armley.  The full calendar's here with links to the (free) ticket pages for each monthly Jam. Together we spent a little time exploring what we all wanted to learn and what we could share…