Environment Making Challenge – Schedule

See the full schedule for our exciting series of online workshops

Monday 22 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

Introductory webinar with Stefan Poslad from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London. Stefan will set the scene for the challenge and explain some of the ideas behind Making and the Internet of Things.

Tuesday 23 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

An introduction to Making with Tanya Fish. Tanya is an established Maker who’s worked with schools, universities, arts programs and community organisations to provide maker education at all levels. She’s also a technical writer, with her work appearing in magazines like Hackspace and Make, as well as in the Book of Making. In this interactive session you will learn how to plan a make and choose the right materials for your project.

Wednesday 24 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

Kisha Bradley from Brightbox Makerspace in Sheffield will host an interactive webinar on creative thinking. Kisha created Bright Box because she says there’s no greater joy than seeing people have an ‘aha’ moment when creating their own inventions. Kisha’s mission is also to get more socially excluded kids to see that tech, engineering and arts can be fun and creative.

Thursday 25 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

Micro:bit Masterclass. The session on Thursday will see a micro:bit masterclass with David Pride. David, the Enterprise and Outreach Manager at the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, is an experienced maker and expert micro:bit enthusiast with years of experience helping people solve problems with technology.

Friday 26 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

The first arduino adventure with Oli Howson. Oli is a lecturer in Computer Science at the Open University. He loves programming, tech and learning. He is a qualified 11-18 CS teacher and A-level examiner and now works primarily in HE. In this first session, Oli will introduce participants to what you can do with arduinos, some of the communications challenges they face, and creating a basic Arduino-based device.

Monday 29 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

Elena and the Hydroponic AI team. Award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, Elena Sinel will introduce us to the teenage team from her recent Covid-19 online hack challenge that came up with a winning idea for a hydroponic AI, with little previous experience of problem-solving with technology.

Tuesday 30 June @ 2.00 – 3.00

The second arduino adventure with Oli Howson. In this second interactive session, Oli will help encourage participants to discuss and refine their own ideas before leading them through a second interactive building session to explore the power of the Arduino in an affordable manner.

Wednesday 1 July @ 2.00 – 3.00

Community discussion. With deadline approaching for participants to submit the ideas and designs, Wednesday will see a trouble-shooting session to help participants sort out any problems.

Thursday 2 July

Own Work Window. Participants can work on their submissions in their own time.

Friday 3 July

Contributors post their designs via Blackboard Collaborative to be judged by the panel of presenters.

Prize Day! Every participant will get a fabulous digital badge from the Institute of Coding and the top twenty projects submitted with win a special SERAS Making kit to help them get solving problems with technology over the summer months.

To register for any of the workshops, please follow this link to Eventbrite.

Alternatively, to register for ALL of the sessions, please follow this link.

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