EdLab Opportunities

Happy Trails

Students worked with Primary Schools to create inclusive and engaging places of play, to explore the everyday in-between spaces of the city where children and teachers can work together. Students worked with creative collaborators  to enable the children to gain an understanding of the built and natural environment.

The final set of workshops took place in MMU’s Brooks Building, where EdLab students helped to deliver activities that engaged the children with the architecture of the space.

Students collaborated with TASC (The Architecture School for Children) on the project How Did Your Garden Grow? It engaged children in a creative exploration of the Piccadilly Gardens story. Students helped children to imaginatively peel back the layers of time revealing how the site has changed, eventually understanding how it is today and what it could be in the future.

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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 Retro Arcade machines.

The “unmaking” of computers and other devices had a  really positive response. Getting CD drive motors working again was a real Frankenstein’s Monster moment (It’s Alive!).

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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 at the same time as the Playful Learning conference so there were plenty of other large scale games to play with as well.

This pilot was a good success. The joint motivation of really good quality electronic components and the final goal of playing retro games was irresistible for young and older alike!

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 educational sessions.

Below are some photos and quick descriptions of some of the sessions we ran or supported.

Mono Printing and T-shirt creation

This was a session with a great buzz about it and fantastic feedback from families that came to it.

Developing “Usual Theatre in Unusual Spaces”

This was a fun and interactive imagineering session aimed to support young people to develop an interactive promenade theatre show. This involved sharing case studies where participants have been integral to shaping the project and sharing tactics on engaging audiences. This was planned by EdLab together with Jana Kennedy from Z-Arts and the teacher training Drama department at Man Met.

How do we talk to Aliens?

This was a session delivered by Lucy an Master student doing Science Communication. It was a hands on introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum – what is a radio wave and what are they used for? How do we communicate with outer-space? This interactive workshop allowed participants to build their own satellite, design your own alien, and learn some Physics.

Hulme Sweet Hulme A collaborative poem

A fantastic preview of Reel Mcr’s upcoming project. Make sure to look out for the premiere of this film poem and documentary.

Den Building with TASC

A great moment on Thursday, TASC really put the effort into getting great physical resources to support immersive play and creating environments.

Gizmobots Robot Making Workshop

Messy play at it’s best involving recycling waste electronic equipment into cute robots that participants can take home.

Pirate Pete’s Video Arcade

Another collaboration between EdLab and Becky and Alison from the Man Met’s Drama Education department. This was a new session using the appeal of retro video game arcades as an enticing way of then getting young people and families involved in the process of creating games. This was done via creating a dramatic situation where the young people had to save the Arcade.

Junk Percussion Workshop with Andrea Vogler

This is a fantastic hands on way to learn how to be part of a musical band. Andrea ran two sessions and many from the first came back to the second!

Food Find out and Create

This session led by student Roxanna is a very engaging way of learning about energy content of food and related issues of nutrition. It took place in the Food Lab of our building.

Children’s Reading On Screen: RSA Catalyst Grant for Manchester Metropolitan University

This article is reposted from The RSA website to increase reach. Written by: Natalia Kucirkova FRSA

Sharing books with young children is known to be one of the most enriching and educationally beneficial activities that parents can do with their young children at home.

Shared book reading is typically associated with a parent and child sitting down snuggled together with a printed book. However, increasingly, printed books are being replaced with digital books downloaded on a reading device such as a tablet or Kindle, and in many families a quiet bedtime reading routine is becoming more akin to watching TV or playing a video game.

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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 11-16 year olds.

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This opportunity would be ideal for:

  • Those with an interest in pursuing a career within arts education or education
  • Those interested in working directly with young people
  • Someone with an interest in technology and design

 

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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.

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This will involve:

  • Develop a range of ideas for using StarLab in interdisciplinary and age appropriate ways
  • Work as a team to select identify a smaller number of the best ideas for deployment
  • Plan and resource a day of activity for various cohorts in Alexandra Park Children’s Learning Community
  • Deliver and evaluate the day

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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 will be concealed in the landscape.

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Developed by the Petrus Community working in partnership with Community Arts North West, the project uses writing, spoken word, music, video, animation and mobile technologies, and will culminate in an interactive digital trail that will take the audience on an engaging and creative journey through Rochdale town-centre in 2017.

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EdLab Spark: Support an activity at The Place Fallowfield

The Place in Fallowfield is a multi use learning centre incorporating Fallowfield library. There are courses offered by the WEA and it is supported by local housing provider One Manchester. It is an inspiring example of the community and local businesses coming together to save a great local resource from the cuts. The Place is home to some larger events which showcase different opportunities available. One example of this is an upcoming event on apprenticeships in January.

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When people arrive at education events they may be nervous. They may not have had the best time at school or other education. They may lack confidence in seeking out new opportunities.

Can you design an activity that can happen to support other events. Your mission is to help people gain confidence about learning and make a link to what they have already done. It might be full of familiar and friendly things and allow them to get involved in a fun way. At the end of visiting your stall, they should come away feeling positive about what they already know and ready to learn more.

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EdLab Spark: Support Mixed-Race Primary School Children

Mix-d is an organisation which works with young people who are mixed race to give voice to this underrepresented group. Mix-d have worked with this group over a number of years to hear and understand the perspectives of mixed-race young people, and as a result have created a number of packs to support professionals in working with these young people.

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Mix-d have offered to work with EdLab students to create a professionals pack to support primary school teachers working with mixed-race children. This pack would be the first of its kind in the UK, and could help teachers to work with mixed-race children in a positive manner which helps to develop a strong and positive sense of identity.

More Information: 

To get involved in this project, or to work on a challenge which supports the development of this project, contact juliette.wilson@mmu.ac.uk or edlab@mmu.ac.uk

Key Partner: Mix-d http://www.mix-d.org/about

Key Words: Primary, Race, Mixed-Race, Educational Packs, Identity Formation, Social Enterprise, Social Justice

EdLab Spark: Conduct a Consultation with LGBT Youth on Virtual Community groups

The Proud Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the UK. In 2013 Manchester’s LGBT youth group said there was a ‘gap’ in how they get and need support. The Proud Trust would therefore like to understand how a virtual community group could support young LGBT people and fill this gap for those feeling isolated from services.

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Research demonstrates the persistent disadvantage towards LGBT youth for example,within education due to homophobic bullying. Therefore, a virtual community group may do something to alleviate these issues for young people in education, and The Proud Trust would like students to investigate the potential.

(see: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/The_School_Report__2012_.pdf)

More Information:

If you would like to create and deliver a consultation on the use of a virtual community group for LGBT young people please contact juliette.wilson@mmu.ac.uk or edlab@mmu.ac.uk

Partner Name: The Proud Trust – http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/

Keywords: LGBT, online community group, support

EdLab Spark: ANTS!!

We have created an internet-connected leaf-cutter ants nest, based in MMUs John Dalton building. The nest generates a live-feed of both imagery and movement data (the ants trigger a counter as they pass key points in the nest) – and young people are able to suggest experiments around which this data will be formed (what happens if you play classical music at one end of the nest?).

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The next step is to ‘educatify’ this resource: generating as many different forms of learning. These might range to direct study of the behaviour of ants, through to understanding scientific method, understanding of evolutionary traits – or cross disciplinary use of the ants as a stimuli (stories about the hive? Art produced using the data or imagery produced?).

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EdLab Spark: Paper Craft Circuits: Use Electronics as the Basis of Art

Explore ways in which simple materials such as copper tape and LEDs can be used as materials in the production of art, and develop ways in which this activity can form the basis of educational activity for children, young people and communities more widely. This will include the production of resources that can be used externally, and the development and implementation of pop-up and sustained workshops.

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This project work grapples with way in which ‘Art’ and ‘Tech’ are related to each other in the move from ‘STEM’ to ‘STEAM’ subjects. There is a growing body of research which suggests that art (and ‘purpose’ more broadly), adds meaning to abstract STEM learning. In turn, this renders it more accessible and raises the likelihood of successful engagement by learners.

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EdLab Spark: Be a Sports Volunteer and Run Your Own Pop Up Sports Event

Sport Volunteering is a vibrant programme offered by MMU sport through the Sports Volunteer coordinator. It offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to enhance their student experience and employability through following their passion for sport.

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MMU Sports Volunteering has teamed up with EdLab to challenge students to design their own pop up education stall for sports events. This stall could be sharing information about any subject but there should ideally be a link to the location or sports event involved.

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EdLab Spark: Contribute to a Hulme Archive

Hulme has gone through many generations of building and demolition. It has been a test bed for innovative urban renewal and environmental approaches. The site of the Birley campus and Brooks building has been a topic of much debate and dreaming over the years.

EdLab has inherited various documents which help to tell some of this story. We invite you to help us to archive them by scanning them and putting them online into the Internet Archive project. Local resident Rob Squires has another challenge for you.

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These documents of Hulme’s recent history show a rich picture of what is possible with urban planning, permaculture and the imagination of local residents. How can you bring the documents to life and share the stories behind the plans?

Video of Challenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGPu_ESaA68

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Some information on the specifics of Hulme’s regeneration follows in these links.

More Information:
To get involved in this project, or to work on a challenge which supports the development of this project, contact m.chesterman @mmu.ac.uk or edlab @mmu.ac.uk

Key Partner: Redbricks residents group http://redbricks.org
Key Words: Regeneration, Hulme, residents, sustainable development, collaborative design, urban renewal, urban design, homes for change, Birley Fields, consultation, creative consultation