By doing good stuff based upon the interests of students and the needs of the community, EdLab encourages students to enrich the experiences of learners, youth and communities through the opportunities present in informal spaces.
Exploring Innovation in Education
EdLab enables students to explore and create innovation in education through 'real life' challenges posed by partner groups. This is supported by workshop spaces, inspiring talks, project development with outside partners and reflective practice.
EdLab is a creative space in which students can develop employment skills by engaging with 'real world' educational experiences driven by their passions.
Year 5 pupils from Rolls Crescent working with EdLab were asked by the Royal Society to review six children’s science books. Working in pairs pupils took the books home in order to give them an in-depth examination, and then returned for a group review led by our science communication lecturer Dr Sam Illingworth.
The children enjoyed the challenge, and debated enthusiastically to come up with a final winner. Across the four judging categories David Macaulay’s ‘How Machines work’ came out top. This children enjoyed its interactive nature, and the way in which the science was communicated through the story.
For more information, and details of all the books go to the Royal Society’s website:
As a result of an earlier project aimed at widening the participation of girls in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) subjects EdLab facilitated a follow up tinkering session at Whalley Range High School with Year 9 girls. To do this we took along mini codable LED devices called Code Bugs, and engaged the girls in a 90 minute competition to create an interactive page from a children’s book.
Manchester Met’s Environment Team and student ambassadors deliver Pond Dipping!
Experience the natural environment right in the centre of Hulme by pond dipping in the wetland area. Drop by and learn about the creatures that live in the water, and have the opportunity to identify and explore the wildlife and plants in this area.
*Nominated adult carers are required to accompany children during this activity- suitable for ages 6 plus*
The Place in Fallowfield is a multi use learning centre incorporating Fallowfield library. There are courses offered by the WEA and it is supported by local housing provider One Manchester. It is an inspiring example of the community and local businesses coming together to save a great local resource from the cuts. The Place is home to some larger events which showcase different opportunities available. One example of this is an upcoming event on apprenticeships in January.
When people arrive at education events they may be nervous. They may not have had the best time at school or other education. They may lack confidence in seeking out new opportunities.
Can you design an activity that can happen to support other events. Your mission is to help people gain confidence about learning and make a link to what they have already done. It might be full of familiar and friendly things and allow them to get involved in a fun way. At the end of visiting your stall, they should come away feeling positive about what they already know and ready to learn more.
The Community Learning Festival is an exciting and free event happening at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks building on Tuesday, 26 July – Thursday, 28 July 2016. You can book tickets and find a full programme of events for the Community Learning Festival here: communitylearningfestival-mmu.eventbrite.co.uk
The festival is a celebration of the diversity of learning happening in the local area. It’s a chance for community learning providers and University projects to come together and enjoy the facilities at the Brooks building for a series of lively and interesting events.
The festival will have a range of activities, workshops, walks and talks over the three days. Each day features workshops on themes like democracy, care, community and the environment. Most importantly, there is always something going on for all ages and interests.
Some of the highlights include:
Music, rap and spoken word sessions
Art and textiles workshops mixing creative craft and technology
Creative walks and digital story trails
Debates and discussions on local and global issues
Manchester Robot Orchestra and Junk Percussion workshops
Talks and films on civic action and social justice
The Festival has been organised by the Manchester Met Faculty of Education in association with community partners including Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust, Hideaway and Hulme Community Garden Centre.
Mix-d is an organisation which works with young people who are mixed race to give voice to this underrepresented group. Mix-d have worked with this group over a number of years to hear and understand the perspectives of mixed-race young people, and as a result have created a number of packs to support professionals in working with these young people.
Mix-d have offered to work with EdLab students to create a professionals pack to support primary school teachers working with mixed-race children. This pack would be the first of its kind in the UK, and could help teachers to work with mixed-race children in a positive manner which helps to develop a strong and positive sense of identity.
To get involved in this project, or to work on a challenge which supports the development of this project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Proud Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the UK. In 2013 Manchester’s LGBT youth group said there was a ‘gap’ in how they get and need support. The Proud Trust would therefore like to understand how a virtual community group could support young LGBT people and fill this gap for those feeling isolated from services.
Research demonstrates the persistent disadvantage towards LGBT youth for example,within education due to homophobic bullying. Therefore, a virtual community group may do something to alleviate these issues for young people in education, and The Proud Trust would like students to investigate the potential.
Are you an aspiring young poet, writer or MC? Do you feel like you have something to say? This workshop will help you find your voice, respond to the issues of the day and give guidance on writing and performance.
The Feminist Webs Archive was set up in September 2008 by a group of young women, their female youth workers and allies.
The collection is ever-growing with contributions from older, feminist youth workers and consists of photographs, banners, leaflets, magazines, oral “her-stories” and various other documents that are related to feminist youth work with girls and young women. The archive is made up of a physical collection, but also an online, digital collection.
This workshop on storytelling is a chance to find out and experience digital storytelling. It will feature the work of Community Arts North West, Petrus Homeless project from Rochdale and the stories of local Hulme residents.
If you are a story teller interested in using mobile technologies or if you have already done work in this area come along to share your experiences and ideas. As part of this workshop you will have a chance to go out on a Story Trail of Hulme.