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Summary of EdLab 2017 – 2018

As EdLab has become integrated into the Faculty’s programme and is now led by a variety of staff and external partners, most of our updates have moved to other project blogs. Here is a list of the active projects for the academic year  2017 – 2018. The Language of Clay: Grimm and co: Elizabeth Gaskell’s […]

Scavengers of Calderdale – Pilot Workshop

As part of a project that came out of an entry in the Calderdale Bootstrap Project, Scavengers of Calderdale is a joint project of Noisy Toys and EdLab MMU. This opening pilot workshop at the Hackerspace in Hedben Bridge explore the possibilities offered by taking apart electronic waste and / or recycling computers to create […]

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Making Arcade Consoles to Play Video Games

It was the last of our regular sessions with our Y4/5 Roll Crescent group of young people recently. So what better to do that play video games. The learning element here was to use a combination of Arduino, Makey Makeys and authentic arcade buttons and joysticks to assemble DIY control panels. It was also happening […]

EdLab Highlights of Community Learning Festival 2017

EdLab was happy to be able to contribute some key workshops aimed at children and families for the 2017 Summer Community Learning Festival in the Birley Building. The festival is an idea way for us to develop our partnerships with local education providers and give us and our students an opportunity to try out new […]

Some Ideas behind Funologists

The Funologists series of activities that EdLab runs has some fun and accessible ideas at its core. This blog post aims to scratch the surface of the theory behind having fun with technology. Video of Funologists Launch This video of our launch event is a great place to start.

Resources to support Unmaking / Remaking session

Story of Estevan from Bolivia Article Longer Video Story of Hanan from Agbogbloshie Video on Hanan Longer Documentary Belen from Barcelona’s story Tips about being in coding and making games and keeping healthy and happy. Belen’s great tutorial on Making Phaser Games in the Browser Play Belen’s game – Platformer – Groow – Sky […]

Create a One Page Wonder Website Workshop at HCGC

The key message for this workshop was Keep it Simple. We wanted to avoid over complicated processes when creating a website for a new project. To do the workshop was divided into three parts.  Chat about us and our experiences with websites Generate ideas on paper and talk about an upcoming project that would need […]

Digital Storytelling Workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre

Hulme Community Garden Centre are legends full stop. But for us at EdLab they provide a rich resource for our students to experience high level community learning right on our doorstep. This session as designed to give back and a bit involve students in a community targeted workshop on digital skills.

EdLab Challenge: Support an Artistic Workshop involving Robot Making

Student mentors required for an exciting two-day workshop with Manchester School of Art. Workshop Description: For this workshop, participants will be challenged to write and perform short sci-fi dramas featuring their very own prototype robots. They will invent and perform a dystopian future for Stockport whilst exploring Arduino physical computing. This workshop is aimed at […]

EdLab Challenge – Deploy StarLab

EdLab MMU invite you to get involved in StarLab. Your challenge is to use StarLab as a stimulus for learning experiences to be delivered to children between 0-5 in a local Reggio Emilia nursery. This will involve: Develop a range of ideas for using StarLab in interdisciplinary and age appropriate ways Work as a team […]

EdLab Challenge: Support a digital story trail for a Homeless charity

EdLab MMU and Community Arts North West are working with Petrus Homeless project to support the Hidden Rochdale project, a highly interactive digital trail that will tell the hidden stories of Petrus homeless service-users. Their goal is to take the audience on a provocative and highly engaging journey through Rochdale to uncover digital artifacts that […]

Junk Percussion workshop by Andrea Vogler

Join Northern Chamber Orchestra’s percussionist Andrea Vogler for a participatory session composing and performing music using an exciting array of junk percussion instruments.   This workshop is supported by EdLab as part of the 2016 Brooks Community Learning Festival. To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

Community Event – 26-7-2016 – Robot Orchestra Making with Noisy Toys

Help build the Mechanised String Section for Manchester’s Robot Orchestra. This will involve several different skills: DIY/woodwork skills to attach the mini machines and string instruments onto a large frame · Electrical and audio installation to connect relays and contact microphones Programing so that we can control the different instruments to start and stop at […]

Community Event – 28-7-16 – Pond Dipping with Manchester Met’s Environment Team

Manchester Met’s Environment Team and student ambassadors deliver Pond Dipping! Experience the natural environment right in the centre of Hulme by pond dipping in the wetland area. Drop by and learn about the creatures that live in the water, and have the opportunity to identify and explore the wildlife and plants in this area. *Nominated […]