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Inspiring the next generation of digital makers in Hull


We’re thrilled that the number of creative computing projects that we’re supporting in schools has increased again this year.

That also means that the hackspace at our Tech 4 Change conference extends as a showcase for teachers and children to share, collaborate and network through challenges.


Themes and partners

We’re inviting teachers to join us in Hull, on Thursday 23 June, as we explore peer to peer learning projects and reflect on the impact of digital making activities across the curriculum.

  • Are you co-ordinating the computing curriculum in your school and looking to incorporate new ideas for Computer Science, IT or Digital Literacy?
  • Thinking about transition projects and progression of programming from KS2 to KS3?
  • Planning enrichment activities and involving parents and carers with STEM clubs and Code Club?
  • Are you an art or music specialist and looking to incorporate technology into your projects as a ‘STEM to STEAM’ activity?
  • Looking to explore the language and terminology of the curriculum and plan creative activities?
  • Would you like support to ensure that the requirements for the Computing programme of study are met in your school?
  • Want to discuss ways to underpin the curriculum with computational thinking?

Children from Years 5, 7 and 8 will be working through challenges as they explore creative and imaginative possibilities through physical computing and programming.

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They’ll be working with a team of passionate educators who’ll also be on hand to talk about your own plans for activities in school.  Here’s a taster of digital making activities and partners who’ll be with us in the hackspace on the day:

Making sense of sensors and programming possibilities with BBC micro:bit

We’re delighted as David Whale joins us and the children get hands-on with creative activities from the IET’s (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Faraday Challenge with micro:bit.

David joins us as a software developer, STEM Ambassador and volunteer with the IET, who has worked with the project from the early days to develop resources and liaise with schools.

We’ll be using the IET challenges and no doubt the children will add their individual creative twists with their iterations and plans!

  • Are you waiting in anticipation for a delivery of your students’ BBC micro:bit devices and want to talk to others about first projects?
  • Wondering about the potential of this micro:bit that’ll be given to this year’s Year 7 groups, and how to sustain their interests and ambitions?
  • Thinking about how to use the micro:bit to support STEM clubs and parental engagement activities through events back in school?
  • Or are you one of the schools that we’ve been supporting with your recent delivery of boxes and curriculum plans, and want to extend complexities and projects?

Join us with your own plans or questions to explore : )

Inspiring young makers on National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED)

It’s no surprise that we’ve chosen 23 June as the conference date, as we share new and ongoing inclusive and diverse projects to inspire digital makers in Hull.

#NWED is a celebration and a reminder of the projects and impact as we support school leaders and teachers to increase the participation of more girls in STEM fields and strategies to help close the gender gap.  Our own Ada Day follows on 30 June.

Immersive storytelling to support creativity in game making

We’ll be linking digital storytelling and literacy resources with the team from now>press>play to extend creative opportunities through programming.

We’re excited to be joined by Alice Lacey and Tom Owen, who will be facilitating activities and different kinds of learning experiences to use as a springboard into creative computing.  They’ll be engaging children through emotion, imagination and movement.

Join the auditory space journey that’ll lead to animation, game making and other digital activities using the resources from Code Club.

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Inspiring children through the Code Club network of after school clubs

If you’re looking to extend computing opportunities for children through your enrichment programme, then there’ll be lots of opportunities on the day to talk to Victoria Sauron about starting a Code Club in your school.  

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Victoria joins us at the North East and Yorkshire Coordinator for Code Club. As the children use the resources as examples of challenges available at the club sessions, you’ll be able to talk through how other schools have benefitted from the programme and what you can do to make it happen in your own school.


To join us on the day you’ll need to register for your free place, and select your workshops and time in the hackspace, on the link below.

Look forward to sharing those projects with you on the day!


Y4 children take on the ‘Scribblebot Challenge’ at Malet Lambert School for #GEWmakeit

This week we supported Malet Lambert School who hosted Hull Ready Hub’s first Enterprise Festival during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The event focused on Hull as a City of Culture, Enterprising People, STEM and Digital, so we planned and delivered an activity used through the Research and Play project.


Hull Ready Hub Enterprise Festival

We challenged the visiting Y4 children (over 200 of them!) to ‘design and build a robot that’ll draw it’s own work of art’.

They collaborated through a Scribblebot Challenge and worked in pairs to explore computational thinking as they built their robot.  At the end of each 20 minute maker session we shared what each robot had created.

Children developed creative circuits and explored complexity using variables such as motors, switches and artistic additions to their design. Ice-lolly sticks became a favourite design addition!

The secret to success came with identifying ‘failures’ and using design iterations to improve their final robot creation. 

Final robot masterpiece were definite STEM to STEAM masterpieces.

Full photo gallery here

Research and Play launches in Hull

Colleagues from Ashwell Academy, Malet Lambert, Northcott School, Sirius Academy, Thomas Ferens Academy, Tweendykes School and Winifred Holtby Academy collaborated last week to plan their first activities through Research and Play.

Watch this space to see how those projects develop as we explore computational thinking across the curriculum and get creative with electric paint, a Touchboard and a little or a lot of imagination.

In the meantime, we’re sharing ideas with some of the schools in Salford who have joined us for a bigger collaboration project linked with the Bare Conductive team.

Here’s a taster of what’s happening on the other side of the Pennines, until we showcase more of our extraordinary talents from Hull 🙂

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Exploring Computational Thinking through Magic

A group of Year 9 students from Winifred Holtby Academy used the art of magic to consider and discuss key principles of computer science and explore computational thinking.

Card Trick

They watched a series of magic tricks from Jody Greig at Flummix and learnt to perform each one. Throughout the day the students experienced learning experiences based on saliency, logic, flow charts and design principles through the performance of magic.


During each learning session, the students worked collaboratively to create resources and showcase videos to share with peers.  They created an animation of a card trick using Scratch and then completed a series of iPad challenges with some outcomes using iMovie.


We also witnessed some naturally confident performers!

Card Trick to support Computational Thinking from Ed Team on Vimeo.

What did they like best?

  • The learning of the magic tricks with binary along with Science and ICT which is STEM
  • Mostly I enjoyed learning new things that I can go away and try on other people
  • Learning to do magic tricks and also experiencing iMovie
  • I enjoyed EVERYTHING about the day
  • I enjoyed learning the magic tricks which I can go away today and show people
  • I liked the magic tricks the most but also learnt a lot
  • Learning new things and magic


Most students commented about how they were going to try out their new found magic skills on friends and family, and they all recommended the event to peers.

How about describing the day, and what it meant to you, in just one word?


Why would they suggest the day as a positive experience to friends?

  • Because it was fun and you get to experience magic
  • Because it is a fun way of learning
  • Because it was fun and had maths in it
  • Because if they’re into Computer Programming this might help
  • It is fun and has been a change and unique from other lessons
  • It was really interesting and inspiring

The group have also used the project and challenges for evidence towards their Bronze Crest Award which will recognise their achievement with STEM.   Watch this space for the next Dynamo style illusionist stepping out from Hull : )

“Inspiring the digital creators of tomorrow – Teaching computational thinking through magic”

For this event we’ll be using iPad technology with a magical focus to teach computational thinking.  In particular, we’ll be looking at exciting learning through the concept of algorithms.

Winifred Holtby Academy have kindly volunteered to host this whole-day event on Wednesday 18th June 2014.

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As ever, students will be joined by a teacher from their own school who will be actively participating in the group projects throughout the day.  This time each teacher will be able to take away a copy of teaching resources in an E-book format to deliver, adapt and expand the sessions back at their own schools.

Event Overview (for students & teachers)

  • Using the art of magic to teach key principles of computer science and computational thinking
  • Use of iPad technology for learning with CPD opportunities for teachers
  • Based on material from the eBook, The Conjurer’s Classroom
  • Each section will focus on a different challenge using iPad tools

Conjurer's Classroom