Su Adams

Su Adams

Su Adams has been working with schools for over 10 years and is passionate about computing in education.

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Easter Animation Workshop

The Easter Break arrived and with it came the first of our two Tech Workshops.  We kicked off with an animation workshop using Zu3D Animation Studio.

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From snakes to boxes, and plasticine to slinkies, we animated it all.  

This workshop provided the opportunity for children to work towards Arts Award Discover, so the session began with a quick time-challenge to think of, and list as many art forms as possible!  The techies came up with some great ideas including sculpture, printing, dance, painting and many more.  After an introduction to the different types of animation, we then went on to find out a little more about Nick Park, creator of the popular animated characters, Wallace and Gromit.  We discovered that he was born in Preston, that he used his mum's video camera to create his first animation and that he went on to study animation at National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire.  We also found out that he's created lots of other animations, including shorts like Creature Comforts and Feature Films like Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, a feature length Wallace and Gromit film.  Most exciting, was the discovery that Nick Park is working on a new feature film, to be released in 2018 called Early Man!


Next it was time to consider our characters and storyline.  Some techies chose to animate preformed characters, such as Playmobile or Lego characters whilst others designed their own character which they made from plasticine.  Then we used a storyboard to plan our animations including what our characters would do and any text that they would say.  Some techies used their animation to tell jokes, whilst other had ideas around stories that they wanted to tell.


We collected images and added sound, text, titles and credits then rounded off the workshop with Cinema Time.  The lights were dimmed and techies proudly shared their animations with the rest of the group, and parents, as they arrived.


The animations were hugely varied, all techies worked very hard to capture their collection of frames creating good length films, whilst taking into consideration the small movements needed to create an effective end result.  The concentration in the room was impressive and we saw some wonderfully clever ideas... the slinkie snake transporter was ingenious!

So, next up this Easter holidays in Vehicle creation and programming with the Crumble Controller!!  We can't wait to see the inventive makes!!

Easter Tech Workshop

Easter Tech Workshops

April 2017

  • Ages 7-14  

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  o Learn the Tech

  o Plan and Design the Solution

  o Build the Solution

  o Test your Make!

Once again, we are pleased to be offering tech workshops during the school holidays.  This Easter we are adding a new location to our offering, so in addition to the usual Staplehurst workshops, we will be hosting a workshop in Cranbrook's Vestry Hall.

You will find all of our workshops in the list below, including the location and detail on the focus of the session.

Once you have decided on the workshop(s) that you would like to book, simply scroll down to the PayPal add to basket

Day Date Time Activity Focus Location
Tues 4th April 1:30 - 4:30pm


Stop Motion & Green Screening

Device Needed: PC, Mac or iPad 

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Weds 5th April 1:30 - 4:30pm

Crumble Controller:

Vehicles and Art

Device needed: PC, Mac or Linux 

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Tues 11th April 1:30 - 4:30pm


Easter Egg Team Challenge

Device needed: None

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Weds 12th April 2:00 - 5:00pm

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Game Maker Recode 

Device needed: PC, Mac, Linux or iPad

Cranbrook - Vestry Hall 

During each activity, techies will be introduced to the software and hardware that they'll be using.  They will then apply gained knowledge to plan their solution, whether than be the story that they will tell through their animation, or a design in response to a given problem.  Techies will then work either independantly or collaboratively to make and build their creation.  

The Easter Egg Team Challenge, can only be completed as a team, whilst all other activities provide the choice for techies to work together or not.

As well as the skills that are being directly taught, such as circuits, or programming etc... there will be lots of opportunities to gain soft skills (team work, communication of ideas, mindmapping, collaboration etc...).

Participants should bring a laptop, if possible (if this is not possible, let us know, we have a small supply of our own).

Great News!  We are now also exploring the option of incorporating an Arts Award accreditation into one or more of the Easter workshops.  You'll find more information about this below.

As always we will endeavour to collect images and video across each session and share on the U Can Too Clubs facebook page (where permission is given), enabling children to proudly share their work with family and friends.

Book your place

Workshop (return to this page to add child/session to basket)
Each child will need a device
Enter Child's Name & Age

What do I need to know?

Q: Where is the workshop?

A: For Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Tuesday 11th, we're back at Staplehurst Village Centre - South Hall, High St, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0BJ

The South Hall entrance is to the back of the building, there will be green arrows pointing the way.

Whilst on Wednesday 12th, we're in a new location at Cranbrook's Vestry Hall.

Q: When can I arrive?

A:  We ask that you arrive no earlier than 1:25pm for the Staplehurst workshops and 1:55pm for Cranbrook.  Before this we will be setting up, and it will be challenging for us to ensure that we are ready in time.

Q: What do I do if we arrive late?

A:  Of course sometimes uncontrollable circumstances get in the way and cause us to be late; if this does happen, please still come in, but you may need to wait a moment for us to find the best time to include your child

Q: When should I collect my child(ren)?

A: Please collect your techies promptly at 4:30pm for Staplehurst and 5pm for Cranbrook. 

Q: I'd like someone else to collect, is that possible. 

A: You must advise us if someone else will be collecting your child, or if your child is to walk home alone.

Please ensure that this is agreed with us in advance by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: What age-groups are invovled.

A: These workshops are aimed at ages 7-14. 

Q: What should my child bring?

A:  A laptop, with relevant software installed and ability to connect to our Wireless Device. Also, please bring a drink, it's thirsty work!

Q: What software do I need to install before the workshop(s)?

A:  Please refer to the table below for links to the relevant software.

Zu3D for PC

7 Day Trial from date of first use

  for PC

7 Day Trial from date of first use

  for iPad

@ £9.99 plus the Green Screen in-app add-on @ £6.99




None Required

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None Required

Your techie will also need the ability to connect to the internet, please ensure that they have rights to add a wireless device which we will bring to enable this. If you don't have a laptop, let us know.

Q: Will there be more clubs?

A: We intend to run sessions during every school break 

Q: Can you tell me more about Arts Award?

A: From Easter 2017 we are hoping to be able to include either the Discover or Explore Arts Award within some workshops.  The workshops themselves will be exactly the same for everyone, but there will be an opportunity to apply for a certificate at the end, should you wish to.  There is a fee for the certification, charged by Arts Award, the fee is dependant on the award level achieved.  We are exploring this, as we would like to add value to longer courses, which we hope to offer.  For longer courses, achieveable levels would be either Bronze or Silver (GCSE equivalent), possibly moving on to Gold, (A Level equivalent/16 UCAS Points).  These longer courses, would be completed over several sessions and will provide the opportunity for techies to apply for qualifications recognised by Higher Education and Further Education institutions as well as Employers.  I'm sure you can see the value in exploring these as much as we can.  

Q: Why Arts Award, isn't this a techology club?

A: It may come as a surprise at first to see that we are offering Arts Award certification.  What do art and technology have in common?  If you have a closer look at our workshops, you'll see that there is a lot of design, and creativity involved and it comes into play more than you might first think.  Creatvity is very important in the realms of technology and qe feel that the inclusion of Arts Award can really encourage and develop that creativity as well as nuturing many additional soft-skills which youth will find invaluable, not only in their education but also in employment.

Q: How will I know if a workshop includes the option of an Arts Award?

A: We will let you know if the workshop/course that you have booked on has an Arts Award associated with it. Please note, that whilst the Arts Award certificate does incur a separate fee, there is no expectation for you to apply for the certificate and not applying for the certificate will not affect the value of the workshop in any way.  If you have any questions relating to the Arts Award, please just let us know.

Useful to know:

Su Adams and Volunteer Mentors have DBS checks

Helen's coffee shop, the village shops and the library are all just a short walk away, for those who would like to stay local.

We are an inclusive club.  Everyone has a right to be involved, to join in and we all have something to offer as well as learn.  If you have concerns, or feel that your child would benefit from the club more if you provided extra information, then please get in touch.

U Can Too & Cedars Forest School are also planning a collaborative day combining Tech and Outdoor Fun next year, so watch our events page here on our website or our facebook pages to keep up to date!  More dates will follow in the new year.

Click here to find out more about Cedars Forest School

 Have we forgotten something?

If you have any queries not covered above, please just email and let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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