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…

Back to school as an academic next term.

In what ways can Maker Education impact on child’s emotional well-being? This will be my focus as I join the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme at Leeds University and combine research with our digital making programmes at The Foundation for Digital Creativity.   I’ve accepted my offer and opted for the part-time route to link both…

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…

First Light: Electric Paint Lamp Kit

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 (literally, that's not an opinion!), the instructions and boxed kit were so intuitive that it could've been 'open to first light' in under 10 minutes.…

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…

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…

Digital Making at #MakeBelieve

I learnt a lot on Saturday.  With every maker event there are opportunities for collaborations and family learning activities, and this weekend's #MakeBelieve focus was about young people imagining the tech of the future. That saw paired projects with peers, intergenerational activities and individual inspirations and inventions at Leeds City Museum - all part of the awesome programme from the Leeds…

Leeds Raspberry Jam: First birthday at Swallow Hill

Wow - a year since we started to put our monthly meet up into the calendar at Swallow Hill ! This month's Raspberry Jam had the usual mix of shared projects to make and individual projects to share. And with birthday projects came cake 🙂 Great night @LeedsRaspJam on 1st birthday. Incl @Space_Station . One…

‘Quality’ decision making without peer pressure using Picap

Christmas came early last week.  Got to admit that we became embroiled in Quality Street-gate with forceful opinions expressed about which choc should have been replaced. The trouble was that peer pressure swayed some, and anecdotes through rose tinted spectacles blurred others, into thinking that another choc should've been booted first. Out came the first choc…

Hull Raspberry Jam, September 2016

Another great community learning event when over 80 people registered, and this time planned with more support for a wider array of digital making projects. We were joined by friends from GPIO and Code Club  who added to the workshop programme and gave more opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborating and networking. Highlights above from Trevor's 'Introduction to…