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Su Adams

Su Adams

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

Website URL: http://www.ucantoo.org.uk

Summer Tech Fun

Summer 2016 Workshops 1 - 5pm

Tuesday 16th & Friday 19th August

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Main Activities - Tuesday 16th August 1 - 5pm:

o Build-a-Bot: Build and Code a Robot using code and motors

o Digital Art: Use Code and Beautiful Lights to make amazing art

o Code Reload: Create Code to "make stuff happen" then challenge your imagination to reuse that code in new ways

Main Activities - Friday 19th August 1 - 5pm:

o Beatboxing Bear: Turn a teddy bear into a cool beatboxer!

o Games Controller Challenge: Code a game, then get active controlling your characters in weird and wonderful ways

o Sphero Track: build a track for the, including making switches and controlling Sphero the Robotic Ball

All in all, there'll be lots of making, building, coding, exploring and remixing, with some challenges thrown in too.

Each afternoon will offer multiple activities, activities at each workshop will be different. So there'll be something different to explore each time.

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, collaboration etc...).

Participants should bring a laptop (if this is not possible, let us know), a drink and a snack.

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What do I need to know?

Q: Where is the workshop?

A: 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.

Q: When can I arrive?

A:  We ask that you arrive no earlier than 1pm  The first 15 minutes will be an opportunity to settle and meet oneanother so, for your child's benefit we suggest that you arrive no later than 1:10pm. 

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 incorporate your child

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

A: Please collect your child(ren) promptly at 5pm.

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.

Q: What age-groups are invovled.

A: These workshops are aimed at ages 10-12


Q: What should my child bring?

A:  a laptop, with the ability to install software (or we can send you the link ahead of the day). if you don't have a laptop, let us know.

a drink and a snack, it's thirsty work, and we'll need some fuel to keep going (and time away from screen)!

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 this summer, so watch our events page here on our website or our facebook pages to keep up to date!

Click here to find out more about Cedars Forest School

 Have we forgotten something?

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Technology Workshop at The Mall, Maidstone

On Friday 8th April U Can Too ventured into Maidstone to run a technology workshop in the middle of The Mall, shopping centre.

This pop-up workshop was run as a book in advance or drop-in session, so we had the pleasure of some familiar faces and lots of new faces too.

This was a wonderful way of running the session as those familiar with our format were able to get going on a task, whilst others could be led by one of the Mentors, including one of our lovely youth Mentors. George.  

During the sessions, we discovered that the majority of drop-in visitors hadn't had the opportunity to code before and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to find out more about how they could use code to 'make things happen'.

In fact we're delighted to say that we all had a bundle of fun and even a wonderful new invention from one lovely young lady, who created a Teddy Bear Games Controller!  I don't know about you but I love the idea of switching from playing a game whilst getting a fluffy hug too!  

We also experienced the newfound musical masterminds of two lovely young sisters who applied their musical and coding talents to Sonic Pi.  Creating sounds in Sonic Pi is the easy bit but these young girls layered many sounds to create a complex piece of music, making adjustments until these layers played in time with one another, a challenging task, and done in a very short amount of time too! The end result had us bopping away to the beat... yes, yes we really were dancing in the middle of the The Mall; perhaps we should've removed the headphones first!

In Minecraft children, wrote code to make a huge slab of clay arrive in their world, which they then sculpted. Others attempted walking on water, whilst others enjoyed leaving a path of obsidian behind their every step. We saw some fantastic problem solving too as many children needed to adapt to navigating Minecraft using a keyboard and mouse on Minecraft Pi, rather than playing using a controller.

Whilst on the Makey Makey track, children used the Makey Makey alongside Scratch to turn tin foil tart cases into a drum kit, games controller and more including one young girls fantastic creation of the day a cuddly games controller in the form of a teddy bear.  With the help from our Youth Mentor, she used knowledge of electronic circuits and a little bit of coding in Scratch, the Teddy Bear could be used to move a character around a scene.

You can see by the smiles that a great time was had by all, with many children asking how the could do more at home!!

Thanks to the Mentors for helping and thanks to all of the visitors to our Pop-up Workshop who came along and enjoyed the fun.

 

Were you there?  We'd love to hear from you, feel free to comment below.

 

 

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