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February Round Up – Tech Resources and Events

Here’s our collection of noteworthy, fun and interesting resources in the world of tech over the last month.

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Videos

A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement

Sylvia Martinez, 45 minutes

Sylvia Martinez, author of Invent to Learn and an influential figure in the world of tech education, reflects on her background in learning and the situation today. Martinez clearly explains different tech streams and tools available for learners and educators, in tandem with the growth of both the Maker Movement and the Internet of Things.

 

Kids and the Digital World: Rewiring for the Future

Steve Youngwood, 12 minutes

In a short TEDx talk, Steve Youngwood argues that a world empowered by tech is a new norm for a generation of young people. This norm is characterised by rapid change. Therefore, it is crucial that businesses, parents and teachers ‘rewire’ themselves to keep up with the kids.

 

Short Read

Why Engineering Should be A Woman’s Game

Dame Professor Ann Dowling

The President of the Royal Academy of Engineering gives her view of the important of woman in science and talks about some of the opportunities available for girls and young women to get involved.

 

Activities

DIY Speaker Kit

A fun project from Technology Will Save Us to create a Arduino-compatible speaker set using a kit you can purchase on their website.

 

Shaun the Sheep’s Game Academy

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Thursday 19 February, and this time it’s the year of the sheep. This seemed likes the perfect excuse to remind younger tech lovers of the Shaun the Sheep Game academy. The competitions associated with the academy are now closed but you can still have plenty of fun learning to code online.

 

Product

Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B)

The second generation Raspberry Pi was launched earlier this month. So what’s different about it? Essentially it’s more powerful, has a bigger memory and will be compatible with Windows 10. But it’s still super-affordable and a great way to start exploring computer science, coding and how the technology all around us works. Watch the video below from MAKE for a quick techie overview of the new model.

 

Interview

Jill talks to Kids, Code and Computer Science Magazine

Jill Hodges, Fire Tech Camp founder, spoke to Tim Slavin at Kids, Code and Computer Science Magazine (formerly Help Kids Code) this month about her experiences in starting and running a tech education business. Read about how she came up with the idea of Fire Tech Camp, what she loves about the work, and how her own kids have served as her guinea pigs when trying out new activities!

 

Events

FutureFest

Nesta’s fascinating festival of performances, talks and installations looks to the future and what’s in store for technology, music, money and politics. This is an adult-focused event although some performances and installations will be of interest to a younger audience, especially teenagers. It takes place at Vinopolis near Borough Market, London on 14th and 15th March 2015.

 

Maker Faire UK

Dubbed ‘the greatest show and tell on Earth’, a huge Maker Faire is taking place in Newcastle 25th – 26th April 2015. There will be lots of exhibitions and interactive workshops for tech-loving visitors of all ages to get involved with. The Faire organisers are currently also looking for volunteers to help out at the event.

The Human Machine by Johnny White is the first headliner to be announced for Maker Faire UK.