The Year of Engineering: Taking a Closer Look in 2018

The Year of Engineering is a chance for young people, their parents and teachers to take a closer look at engineering, with hundreds of partners offering opportunities to come face to face with engineering experiences and role models.

Throughout the year, the campaign will give young people a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering, showcasing the meaningful, creative and innovative careers that the profession can offer.

We're excited to be supporting the campaign through our 'Internet of Curious Things' and 'Invent Things' programmes. Look out for more announcements as we launch activities with schools, libraries and more community events later in the month.

STEM Futures: Ambassadors as Role Models

Alongside extending learning programmes and professional development activities, we’ve also been working with the STEM Ambassador Hub Trans Pennine to develop more opportunities to inspire young people exploring STEM futures during 2018.

January will see the launch of The Year of Engineering and we've committed to including and promoting the support of STEM Ambassadors in each of our programmes.

That'll include activities across all of the STEM disciplines and introducing role models in our formal, informal and community learning settings.

We know that their contribution will positively impact on the perception of STEM careers for some young people and equip them for future roles in a digital and STEM world.

Making connections with our own lives and considering real world applications is at the heart of each of our digital making activities, so we're excited to be collaborating with Ambassadors to enrich STEM learning and inspire the next generation.

leading a community workshop using raspberry pi computers at makefest event in leeds april 2017 (Image taken by Maria Spadafora at Make Believe event in Leeds, April 2017)

Moreover, it’s also our time to commit to the STEM Ambassador programme and volunteer to share our own experiences and passions for STEM futures.

First induction starts in January, and we're hoping to add to the impact of over 30,000 current STEM Ambassadors soon after!

Headline image by Jerome Whittingham @photomoments

Positive Impact Partners Programme with Leeds University

We're delighted to have joined the PIP Programme with Leeds University this term, and are looking forward to further collaborations on specific areas of mutual interest.

Interested to find out more? Click on this link and here's a taster from the website in the meantime:

PIP has been developed in collaboration with third sector, community and not-for-profit organisations to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Develop opportunities for collaboration that lead to positive social change
  • Respond to the varied needs of the evolving Third Sector in a timely way
  • Link skills, knowledge and capacity, across different organisations, with local need
  • Support and build capacity in the region’s diverse and vibrant third sector
  • Create personal and professional opportunities for both UoL and Third Sector partners
  • Be an exemplar of good practice

More to follow as plans evolve in the new year!

Data Driven Festive Lights at Manchester Raspberry Jam

Our festive-themed workshop at Manchester Raspberry Jam on Saturday 9th December revolved around lantern making.

collaboration at manchester jam

The challenge was to build the project and design code to make a 'flickering candle' effect.

manchester jam workshop crowd

Fist steps were setting up the Raspberry Pi and Codebug to access the online software, and then making decisions about colour and style for the final showpiece.

For some community members, the opportunity to interact with environmental data proved an imaginative way to visualise live temperature and humidity readings, and as a catalyst for further conversations about data.

young child holding digital lantern project from manchester jam

More projects displayed below:

Interested to find out more about Manchester Raspberry Jam? Next event is Saturday 13th January.

Things Network Conference: Empowering communities to make a smarter, more connected world with LoRaWAN.

Removing the barriers: Empowering communities to make a smarter, more connected world with LoRaWAN.

things network conference flyer

We're thrilled to be invited to share how we've developed more diverse and inclusive programmes, engaging groups to creatively solve their own local issues, at The Things Network conference in February.

We'll be exploring the Foundation's approach with digital data storytelling projects across communities in the north of England.

internet of curious things