Resources to support Unmaking / Remaking session

Story of Estevan from Bolivia

Story of Hanan from Agbogbloshie

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 – PlatformerGroowSky PanicTales of Underworld  – Hipster vs Metal

Tips on Game Jams

The Story of Stuff! Infographics on E- Waste


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. 

  1. Chat about us and our experiences with websites
  2. Generate ideas on paper and talk about an upcoming project that would need a website
  3. Play with technology that will allow us to share these ideas


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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 adult carers are required to accompany children during this activity- suitable for ages 6 plus*


This workshop is  part of the Community Learning Festival at Brooks MMU Hulme taking place from the 26-28th July 2016.
To attend go to this link and register – Remember to choose the right day

All Welcome at the Community Learning Festival 25 – 27 July 2017

The Community Learning Festival is an exciting and free event happening at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks building on Tuesday, 25 July – Thursday, 27 July 2017, 12 – 6pm.

The festival is a celebration of the diversity of learning happening in the local area. It’s a chance for community learning providers and University projects to come together and enjoy the facilities at the Brooks building for a series of lively and interesting events.


The festival will have a range of activities, workshops, walks and talks over the three days. Each day features workshops on themes like democracy, care, community and the environment. Most importantly, there is always something going on for all ages and interests.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Music, rap and spoken word sessions
  • Art and textiles workshops mixing creative craft and technology
  • Creative walks and digital story trails
  • Debates and discussions on local and global issues
  • Junk Percussion workshops
  • Talks and films on civic action and social justice

The Festival has been organised by the Manchester Met Faculty of Education in association with community partners including Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust, Hideaway and Hulme Community Garden Centre.

Help us promote the Festival. Images and Workshops highlights to share with your networks via email and social media are available on the EdLab website:

Exploring Opportunties at the EdLab Volunteering Fair

One of the key parts of the EdLab project is creating chances for interaction between students and local education projects. To increase the experience of different learning worlds our students have access to we invite local partners to Set Students A Challenge.

This Volunteering Fair was a quick way for groups and students to find out more about each other. They key for students to come up with appropriate responses to the challenges is for them to be able to find out in-depth information from the groups themselves about their needs and context.

Also the personal connection is great for firing enthusiasm and creating positive feedback loops! There were some very sparky students and representatives from groups there.


EdLab Spark: Help the work of Hulme Garden Centre with young people

For 15 years Hulme Community Garden Centre’s vibrant site, incorporating a thriving garden centre and inspiring community gardens has brought the community together through gardening and provided a vital green space to enjoy, relax in, learn from and be part of.


We run a fantastic Toddlers group on Thursday mornings. People tell us that it’s magical.  How can we best capture and share the good things that happen in these sessions so that others can learn from them? You will be able to observe and record these sessions happening by helping out. You can also ask the workshop leader questions after it happens too.

The Garden centre work with a good number of primary schools in the area who come to visit for tours and activities – we also work in schools delivering hands on activities and even designing and installing school gardens…we can provide activities around growing food, biodiversity and bushcraft and there are plenty of curriculum link opportunities. We need your help to expand this service:

How can we best market the fact that we can do work within schools…a case study? Video?

How do we get more schools to visit and present the curriculum links alongside the benefits of simply being outdoors? What is the most effective way of getting our message to the right people in schools and not into the bin!?

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EdLab Spark: Creating ‘Cooler’ teaching resources on Climate


The Carbon Literacy Project is helping by creating a “carbon instinct”, making it routine for all for us to make those everyday changes that minimise the damage, and maximise our opportunity, now and in the future.

Climate Change affects everyone, and although more and more people are now responding, not everyone has yet realised how urgent and important our actions are.

Cooler have developed resources on carbon sustainability to deliver in schools. The target age range is Year 6 and Year 7. At EdLab we look forward to working with Cooler to help deliver these sessions in the new year but there is a more pressing challenge.


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