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.
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.
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.
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!