The practices of coding and electronic ‘making’ have recently entered mainstream education. Their reach has, however, not been universal – and particular groups of pupils (boys, for instance) tend to feel that they are more relevant and accessible than others.

EdLab students facilitating a Sonic Pi workshop

In this project, students set up various activities which explored the practices of coding and electronic ‘making’ in education. They were challenged to use artistic and creative mediums to engineer platforms where coding would feel more meaningful and accessible to a wide range of pupils. These included the creation of music written with code, of works of art which draw on copper tape and electronic components as materials and other engaging exercises. Students found that using the arts in this way adds purpose and meaning to pupils activity, which in turn makes more abstract ‘techy’ concepts more accessible – and raises the likelihood of successful engagement by learners.

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