We are the Media Innovation Studio focussing on how innovation can be applied to various platforms and technologies. Currently we are working on a DataMakers project looking at how communities can generate their own data and use it to make better decisions. Additionally, we are keen to explore the use of making within communities that creates data.
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The first (of many) 'experience days' where we will be opening our kit to let kids learn and play. The experience will allow a younger audience to learn about electronics, test ideas and inspire their imaginations.
Media Innovation Studio, Media Factory 414, University of Central Lancashire, PRESTON, PR1 2HE Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
10:00AM 20 December 2015
This workshop will introduce the littleBits platform to University students with little/no coding or electronics knowledge. Mark will first introduce the concept of the littleBits moving onto background knowledge of the bits combined with some programming skills. Participants will then be able to play around with the bits to get a feel for them. Capping off the session the workshop will be split up into two, to develop a data logging system connecting their project up to ITTT service where they can test their projects out demonstrating the data they collect whether it be published on Twitter or within a Google Sheet.
Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
11:00PM 22 January 2016
An introductory workshop into the platform for journalists, community leaders, assistants and creative facilitators.
The workshop includes Blue Peter style home products where participants can utilise materials for their littleBits projects.
Media Factory ME414, PRESTON, PR1 2HE Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
9:00AM 23 February 2016
“A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world” – taken from the National Curriculum. Simply understanding how to consume technology is no longer acceptable, having the ability to express creativity through the design and creation of their own technology projects is what we are moving towards. From the likes of the Raspberry Pi and the BBC micro:bit, to crowdfunded projects this sector is developing platforms in silos without any considerations to how a child/adult decides which platform is a suitable starting point.
If this resonates with you, then this is the workshop you should attend! We are looking for participants to join us in a full day’s workshop where we will be deigning for children with children. Through a mix of academics, creative facilitators, children and delegates of the IDC 2016 conference. We invite you with your enthusiastic inspirational minds to work with children sharing knowledge, insights and experiences with emerging technologies to stimulate a child’s mind. This will be for some a first, hands on experience with littleBits, which will be fun, interactive and will teach you the basics of coding and electronics. The day will start with an introduction to the platform and presenting the unveiling of customary software built by the Media Innovation Studio (UCLan) creating an onboarding experience to the platform. Followed by simple exercises to get to grips with the bits, stimulating your imagination of the potential of what’s possible. Preceded by free-to-play and challenges in the afternoon. At the end of the day, you will share your experiences and evaluations through Remerge to help shape the platform and our research around onboarding and blended learning to push the creative minds of the future.
Media City, Manchester Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
10:00AM 21 June 2016
‘Children should learn to code’, it’s a simple message that in recent years, has come to dominate much of the discussion around the development of the computing and technology curriculum. A range of government, public and privately funded initiatives have highlighted the value of introducing children to coding and computer science. Its role in the broader agenda of encouraging better engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As a result of this increased focus, a number of products have emerged onto the market that blend hardware, software, creative thinking and play as a key learning mechanism. This echoes a broader call to encourage more interdisciplinary and creative thinking, initially driven by the video games industry, turning the STEM debate, to STEAM with the addition of the Arts. This workshop introduces a playful learning technology product, ‘littleBits’. The product is quickly attracting a growing following in schools, particularly in the US. However, the products pricing means that kitting out a classroom with sufficient ‘bits’ to ensure a good experience for all students does represent a significant financial investment.
St Wilfrids C Of E Primary Academy, Rectory Ln, Standish, Wigan WN6 0XB Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
9:00AM 4 July 2016
Find out what you can create from everyday junk, when you mix it up with littleBits. littleBits is an innovative new technology that features fun and easy to use electronic building blocks to build your own exciting electronic creations. Alongside this you will be able to use a bespoke companion app, which has been developed by the Media Innovation Studio at the University of Central Lancashire to guide you through the experience. You will never believe what an old cereal box or an empty washing up liquid bottle can become.
Media Factory ME414, PRESTON, PR1 2HE Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
10:00AM 2 July 2016
A free convention to celebrate all types of nerdiness and fun will be held at Preston's Harris Library, Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 13 May, from 5pm to 10pm.
The Talk Nerdy to Me III 'nerdycon' is for geeks, nerds and boffins of all types, with interests ranging from Doctor Who to Rocky Horror, and Star Wars to superheroes. This year's event will have a horror theme and provides an opportunity to indulge existing passions, while also trying new ones.
Lancashire County Council's head of libraries, museums, culture and registrar's service, Julie Bell, said: "The annual nerdycon is a great North West event and will showcase local experts and speakers.
"Last year's event was a great success and attracted around 500 visitors. We're hoping that this year's convention with a horror theme will prove to be as popular.
"There will be a wide range of activities including a Rocky Horror Show screening, with the props and subtitles supplied so that everyone can join in; drone flying, and talks by experts from UCLan.
"The Haberdash are bringing a Circus of Horrors, there is a fanfiction competition, and as always, cosplay is expected.
"Indie vendors and big chain names will be running stalls."
The event will be run by staff at the Harris Library, Museum and Art Gallery, along with youth forum Hijack the Library - a small group of committed people with a passion to involve more young people with libraries, and make them a venue accessible to everyone.
Harris Library, Museum and Art Gallery, Preston PR1 2PP Preston, Lancs, United Kingdom
6:00PM 13 May 2016