A summary above, taken from comments on the evaluation feedback at the end of each workshop.
And from a teachers perspective?
"A huge thank you for coming in today - the kids absolutely loved it and the Headteacher caught me after school to say that children had gone up to them in the playground after school to enthuse over what they had done today!"
"Thank you for all your work today. It was great; the kids and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Hope we can organise something again."
We're confident that the 'Internet of Curious Things' can be a catalyst for more data-driven activities in school, and we're supporting teachers through a PD programme to be able to share approaches and best practice.
For some, that's extending projects across the STEM disciplines or collaborating on creative projects with colleagues outside of engineering and computing.
This term we've also been working with the CAS Manchester team and contributed to their recent CAS Girls day with some workshops for Y7 and Y8 students. A great event with lots of opportunities for shared projects with students and adults collaborating.
They collaborated with peers and Wigan Council volunteers to identify areas to help others living in the borough and with an environmental focus that included:
'No Cold, No Mould' - Eradicating fuel poverty for the elderly by measuring room temperature and humidity and setting alerts at the point where research says they impact on health.
Wildlife protection projects linking to nature conservation work at the Wigan Flash Reserves with temperature and motion sensors.
'Sun Sense' - Protecting the health of others based on the number of melanoma cases diagnosed in Greater Manchester each year with a UV sensor detection project.
Activities stemmed around wearables to prototype with smart sensors and explore data collection in extreme temperatures, so the fridge and heaters soon became test areas as groups considered possible routes of tech for change. At this point you might sense adult nerves, but results were grand and the tech stood up to it's tests :)
Next steps included the wider local and national picture as we examined possibilities with bigger data collected in a dashboard such as Invent Things.
Using the State of the Borough data from Wigan Council we talked about using the students' same code and Envirosense boards to connect to the Invent Things portal and share more projects collectively. A great example of the 'Internet of Curious Things' supporting local communities to make positive change.
Fundamental to challenge planning with Wigan STEAM were opportunities to introduce the groups to real world problem solving with further role models. Volunteers attending from Wigan Council came along with a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share around open data, technology and engineering.
We incorporated a People Like Me activity into the second day of Enviro Hack to explore future employment opportunities and interest areas within the STEAM disciplines.
We collaborated with The Ada Show again for the recent Luminate Festival in Oldham.
We're celebrating Illuminate Festival early with @AdaTheShow and their fantastic workshop! We're getting to grips with sewing circuits, LEDs and conductive thread as we make our very own light up masks! pic.twitter.com/RehDeBOiZ8