“Brave Ideas”: Facilitating Year 9 Girls Tinkering with Code Bugs

As a result of an earlier project aimed at widening the participation of girls in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) subjects EdLab facilitated a follow up tinkering session at Whalley Range High School with Year 9 girls. To do this we took along mini codable LED devices called Code Bugs, and engaged the girls in a 90 minute competition to create an interactive page from a children’s book.

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EdLab Spark: Support and Improve Manchester’s Code Clubs

Code Club builds a community of volunteers who share their passion for digital making with children and teachers across the UK. We support our volunteers, who inspire the next generation by running weekly Code Clubs in their local area.

Our Challenge to MMU Students is to come and get involved with Code Club by helping at an after-school club and to help us measure the impact of our clubs.Working through the Code Club projects is a great way for children to gain an introduction to coding in a fun after-school environment. Can you find a way to measure how much impact your club has had in both sparking a love for digital making and gaining an understanding of basic coding concepts. Whilst we at Code Club like our reports full of data we LOVE creativity and involving the kids so find an exciting way to showcase your impact.

Support a Scratch Workshop

Support a Scratch Workshop

We provide creative resources aimed at children aged 9-11. Parents, teachers and volunteers use our projects to help children create games, animations and websites in weekly Code Clubs. We offer training for primary teachers delivered by volunteer computer science experts. Our aim is for all teachers to feel confident, excited and prepared to teach the Computing curriculum.