After kicking off our Superpowers Creative Technology Workshops over the Summer period we’re onto the next stage of the project. This involves creating video tutorials of new workshop content, making PDFs of learning materials, and writing a part way report on our progress so far. Very importantly, we also need to recruit more partners to come on board! The Summer saw us test workshop content for Superpowers in a variety of different spaces as well as deliver a number of sessions with two of our partners, Phoenix in Leicester and Broadway in Nottingham. You can read all about this in a recent blog post.
A bit of background information about the project: Superpowers Creative Technology Workshops are a workshop series created by Codasign to teach kids and young people how to use tools like coding and electronics in creative projects. We are partnering with museums and art galleries across the UK to deliver these workshops. The project is part of the Digital Makers Fund which is funded by Nesta and Nominet Trust, in partnership with Autodesk. The Digital Makers Fund aims to help inspire a generation of digital makers – young people with the skills, confidence and motivation to make, not just consume digital technologies. The workshop content will contain a combination of digital making tools and skills: Scratch; MaKey MaKey; Processing; Arduino; Bare Conductive Electric Paint; and conductive sewing. All the projects created in the workshops will have a creative focus.We are creating a programme of workshops to target the following audience segments:
- Families with children aged 6-12 years old
- Young people aged 12-18 years old
- Primary school groups, KS2 (7-11 year olds)
- Secondary school groups, KS3 (11-14 year olds)
The workshops will be open to children and young people with all abilities and accessible to all.
We have had a group of characters created for us by designer Alan Waldock to feature in our Superpowers workshops, one of which has already been tested in a workshop for the British Museum. She is called the Blue Booster and will be featuring in our platform game workshops for ages 6-9 and 10-12.
We currently have five partners on board and we are aiming to get an additional five gallery or museum partners to join the project. We will strive to make the locations of these as diverse as possible.Our current partners are:
We are looking for partners who meet the following criteria:
Located around in the UK in the areas:
- South West
- North East
- North West
- Scotland (not in Glasgow)
We are creating for organisations who have:
- Physical space to host workshops
- Digital tools for making (optional)
- In-house marketing and PR support
- In-house technical support (e.g. AV, wifi)
- Support staff during the workshop sessions
- Access to curatorial and collections knowledge
- A wider arts or culture programme to draw from or link to
- Organisational buy-in to develop their creative technology offering
If you would like to find out more or discuss becoming a partner on the project please email [email protected].