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.


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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Design Fiction Workshop

2nd Floor Resource Centre MMU Brooks Building
M15 6GX Manchester
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PMOpen to all – Please reserve tickets here.

Design fiction is part science-fiction and part science-fact and it allows you to develop new ideas and then prototype them in storyworlds. We’ll be creating design fictions to explore how MMU can support the Manchester Hive in providing young people in Manchester with exciting opportunities to develop the digital skills they’ll need to survive and thrive in the future.

What if we gave every young person in Manchester a robot with a virus and they had to learn to re-programme it in order to save the robot’s life? Would that work? Would it be too expensive? Would the young person be traumatised if they failed? Would it lead to back-of-the-playground robot wars competitions? These are the kinds of scenarios you can play out through design fictions but in the end we think through bigger questions such as what’s it like to be young in a changing world, what do we owe children, how might we build stronger communities?
Open to all – Please reserve tickets here.

If you’d like more information please contact… |+44(0)161 247 2083 | @dugganjr

Manchester Learning Hive – teaching technology in the gaps

There are many ways to learn about technology. We all know about ICT and Computing lessons as schools but what about other ways. Based on feedback from students, we are are very interested in making connections between learning technology to other areas of interest. To do this we are looking for inspiration from the HIVE Learning Networks especially those in New York  and Chicago.

We want you to think of activities that can be a good base for future work for the Hive Network in Manchester. These activities could be driven by any passion. It could be interest in Music, interest in changing the world or making your neighbourhood a better place. It could be putting on a fun event.

Digital technology is now everywhere but we are still all learning to use it to make the world a better, more connected place. The key part of this mission is to engage not only with the digital and technology elements of a project but to bring in civil or human rights issues.

About Hive Learning Networks

The following video best explains how a Hive Network can be useful for a city.

MMU student Thomas Payton-Greene made this video about Everybody Loves Robots MMU/ Manchester Hive project:

More Information:

If you would like to support and develop this project please contact or

Partner Name: Manchester Hive

Keywords: civic issues, popular education, hive networks, digital rights