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…

Heat transfer printing with tinkering possibilities

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 and it certainly opened my eyes to possibilities with my own e-textile projects and ambitions with creative data viz. A snapshot of my learning steps…

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…

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…

Maker aspirations and inspirations

PiParty was brilliant and another reminder of the strength of community in supporting and inspiring digital makers; experienced makers or those dipping a toe into projects. Got me reflecting on my own motivations for learning, and learning from others, and took me back to the first 'YESSSSSSSSS' traffic light moment as I prepped a course for teachers the…