“I got a 1” , thanks to #JamPackedUK

2014 has certainly been an event-full (pun) year for me in many respects from the highs of winning awards and funding grants to the lows of losing cherished colleagues and friends in tragic circumstances. This November, we launched our Jam Packed UK tour with the aim of developing outstanding teachers of computing through a programme…

Raspberry Jamming

“Raspberry Jamming” is a blog post featuring an interview written up by Neil Brown of University of Kent.

Hack Jam 1 #MakerParty

Last summer, as part of Young Rewired State (YRS), we ran a summer coding camp at our school. I wrote a blog post (here) about it at the time. The YRS 2012 Festival Of Code really opened my eyes to what children can achieve with just a few small coded ingredients and oodles of imagination…

Hack To The Future IV, 03.05.13

Hack To The Future IV We held our 4th Hack To The Future Event on Friday 3rd May 2013. This was a lot different from our previous events, Hack To The Future I, Hack To The Future II, and Hack To The Future III.  In all, 210 pupils from 3 schools took part, 15 teachers…

Hack To The Future III, 11.10.12

On 11th February 2012, we opened our school on a freezing cold Saturday morning to 365 children, parents, teachers, developers, computer scientists and more for an engaging and inspiring experience that was the first Hack To The Future event. The aim was to use the digital creators of today to inspire the digital creators of…

Hack To The Future II, BBC Media City 05.03.12

On Monday 5th March we took our Hack To The Future event, 80 Year 8 pupils (aged 12/13years old) and about 30 adults to BBC Media City, Salford. The aim was to provide another opportunity for children to engage with digital creators of today, and raise an awareness of the potential that computing science offers…

Hack To The Future I, 11.02.12

I have to admit, when I first shared the idea of Hack To The Future with friends, work colleagues and family, I received a fair amount of ridicule – many of them told me I was completely crazy even thinking about organising a computing unconference for 250 children. Now that the event is safely behind…