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St Wilfrids STEAM Week

July 8, 2016
Mark Lochrie

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Wow what a week that was. As part of giving back to the community, Debbie Dearnley, Andy Dickinson and Mark Lochrie took their littleBits workshop into schools. St Wilfrids Primary School, Standish, hosted us for an entire week of STEAM based learning. The workshop introduced the concepts of inputs and outputs using littleBits to children aged from 6 to 11. For some it was the first time these children had played around with electronics. Our 45 minute – 1 hour long workshops gave pupils the basic principles of electronics and coding through experimentation and investigation. That is based on four simple principles, participants will; CREATE, PLAY, EXPLORE and SHARE, working independently or in groups to prototype technological solutions.

With the year 6 group, we introduced our ALE platform (Augmented Learning Environment), an onboarding learning experience. For the remainder of the workshop we introduced connected around learning and got the pupils to think about what is needed when designing onboarding experience for physical products like littleBits. Spilt up into smaller groups, feedback and ideas were shared and documented by helpers from the workshop. These will form the basis of the next research paper the team will write around onboarding and bots for today’s fragmented maker markets.

When the school bell rang on Friday to indicate the schooling day was over; the team was exhausted! But well worth it.

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You don't have to share, but we would be happy if you did 😉