Soldering on to connect #MakerEd plans

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 challenged to creatively visualise and solve real world problems, which are linked to their school's global citizenship curriculum. Following this first session, the students will…

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…

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…

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…

Exploring recycled treasure at Scrap Leeds

I managed to pop into the Scrap Leeds Creative Reuse Art Project in Farsley this week, having heard so much about their amazing projects and space in the city. Wow, what a treasure trove for creatives and makers! Now that I've got my membership I'll be popping back again soon to join the community making…

Does more noise mean more collaboration at the Leeds’ Raspberry Jam?

Absolutely not? But could it mean more Maker style Meet ups as we move forward? When the team from York Hack Space joined us at this weekend's Raspberry Jam our Maker Space got a tad more ambitious.     An increased range of activities and projects, incorporating Raspberry Pi and Arduino as the basis to hack with, gave way…