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“Brave Ideas”: Facilitating Year 9 Girls Tinkering with Code Bugs

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 […]

EdLab Pupils review Science Books for the Royal Society

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 […]

EdLab Spark: Support Mixed-Race Primary School Children

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 […]

EdLab Spark: Conduct a Consultation with LGBT Youth on Virtual Community groups

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 […]

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EdLab Spark: Be a Sports Volunteer and Run Your Own Pop Up Sports Event

Sport Volunteering is a vibrant programme offered by MMU sport through the Sports Volunteer coordinator. It offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to enhance their student experience and employability through following their passion for sport. MMU Sports Volunteering has teamed up with EdLab to challenge students to design their own pop up education stall for […]

EdLab Spark: Support the Educational Work of Street-Child in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone there is a dangerously worrying fact facing vulnerable young girls looking for a fair start in life: they’re simply not being given the opportunity to stay in school. UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25%. […]

EdLab Challenge: Raise Awareness of Educational Inequality with Street-Child

In Sierra Leone there is a dangerously worrying fact facing vulnerable young girls looking for a fair start in life: they’re simply not being given the opportunity to stay in school. UNICEF research shows that even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25%. […]

Featured Partner: Street-Child Supporting Education in Sierra Leone

Today EdLab met with Juliet Appleby from Street-Child to discuss their important and exciting educational projects in one of the world’s poorest countries, Sierra Leone. As a result of this meeting EdLab students will be able to get involved in this work either through an EdLab challenge or a more in depth, EdLab project.

EdLab Spark: Augmented Reality

Aurasma is a free ap which enables users to create simple augmented reality resources. Augmented reality is a way to make images come to life through the use of tablets and phones which are triggered by images to play videos, or 4D images. This project asks EdLab students to work with interested partners to create […]

EdLab Challenge: Deliver an Interdisciplinary Project with Primary Pupils

This is an EdLab challenge created by our Science Communication Lecturer Dr Sam Illingworth. It is delivered with the help of EdLab students to primary school pupils from local schools. The basis of the project is to mix the disciplines of science and poetry to demonstrate the similarities. Ceri Hunter Foundation Student: “At the start […]

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EdLab Spark: Open Learning Resource Creation

The internet has sparked an abundance of sharing of resources freely. From primary school teachers, to professors and undergraduate students sharing happens at all levels. By the end of this project you will have created and shared a learning resource online. MMU tutors can help you with this process. Creating and sharing a learning resource […]

EdLab Student Feedback on Science Poetry

Science Poetry is an EdLab project created by our Science Communication Lecturer Dr Sam Illingworth, and delivered to primary school pupils with EdLab students. The basis of the project is to mix the disciplines of science and poetry to demonstrate their similarities rather than their differences. In this post, our students share their experiences of […]

Augmented Reality Funologists Networking Event

This week EdLab collected people from the Funologists network together to share ideas around augmented reality. Dee Vyas came along from MMU’s digital innovation to share their work on augmented reality. They use the free to download app Aurasma, and started by demonstrating an augmented image of penguins.