STEAM Co, GOOGLE AND FRIENDS
We're beyond excited to be able to announce this fantastic offer which is open to UK schools.
Coding and tech literacy has been a massive part of STEAM Co. since we ran our first Raspberry Pi and Lego WeDo activity at the first STEAM Co. Day in Paddington, London 7 years ago.
3D modelling, Python, Robocrocs, 3D printing, AR/VR, BBC Micro:bit, computational thinking... the rest is history.
So how to give back?
Well when Google asked us to come up with ideas to help them put some buzz into Europe Code Week 6-22 October we bit their hand off in true Lego RoboCroc stylee!!!
And we came up with the STEAM Co. Co Code Day which we're offering FREE to some UK schools
The STEAM Co. Co. Code Day
At the best of times a STEAM Co. Day is a school day like no other. This takes it to another level.
We'll come into your school with a few of our friends like Barclays Digital Eagle Labs and great resources from people like like BT and Barefoot and work with your community on this very special day.
All school assembly
This 45 journey will take the whole school on a roller coaster journey through the history of tech and the amazing people who made it all happen with their creativity and STEAM skills.
We'll hear stories about:
- Ada Lovelace and Babbage (did you see her on the ITV Victoria drama the other day?),
- Hidden Figures and how the maths skills of three black women helped get the Americans into space and into this fantastic movie.
- Code Cracking with the world's first electrical computer 'Colussus' at Bletchley and how Dr Sue Back and Twitter saved it from the scrap heap.
- How the Sinclair spectrum and hobby computers opened up the UK games industry.
- Why it's not all bits and bytes and the importance of Computational Thinking
- Easy coding with Scratch and how it can control a Lego Robocroc with a Raspberry Pi
- Connecting TechLiteracy with career and life outcomes by looking at the jobs that will need tech skills from the obvious like programming and games development to digital media, and science (nearly everything really!)
- A look into the future, which is actually here now via Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality tech
- How one little boy taught himself to code and made millions and now runs four of the most innovative companies in the world: Elon Musk and Solar City, Space X, Tesla and Hyperloop
- As a grand finale, we'll fire a dynamite rocket powered Lego car carrying an Elon Must minifigure down a 30 foot HypedLoop tube system in the assembly hall and time it using a BBC Micro:bit like we did at Camp Bestival this summer!
THANK THE village
As we say here at STEAM Co, 'It takes a whole village to inspire a child' and we really couldn't have pulled this off without the help of some very special people and companies who have helped us both here and back in the day.
Thanks to Google for funding this project and all their support over the years.
Thanks to Barclays for sending Digital Eagles in to help run the activities.
We've been grateful to Nesta for their inspiring work o digital making.
We're really grateful to BT Barefoot for letting us use some of their Tech Literacy resources.
SIGN UP HERE. NOW
Initially we have three of these days available free of charge and are open to applications from primary schools anywhere in the UK (we have travel budget, tho N. Ireland may be a push this time).
We have a special top secret algorithm which will help us decide who the lucky three schools will be (yes, you guessed it, the ones we consider to be the most deserving) but don't let this put you off. Even if you're an independent secondary school, do sign up anyway as even if you aren't lucky this time we may still be able to bring the day to you somehow later. We think we're onto something here that might be as big, though not go as high as our RocketKids session.
Just sign up on the form below (and do please notice the small print at the bottom of the page):
The above data will not be passed to any third parties, including Google. It will only be used for this project unless you indicate otherwise.
We launched this for all schools to enter on Fri 15th September and will make a decision and notify all schools by Wednesday 27th September.
This project has been conceived and is being delivered by non-profit Community Interest Company STEAM Co. using funds generously provided by Google. Beyond that Google have no responsibility for the delivery of it, that's STEAM Co.'s job.
Give and take
Time is tight and STEAM Co. is used to aiming high and coming somewhere close and will do our best to deliver something vaguely as promised but ask you to bear with us. We've not had any complaints so far.
This offer is open to all schools in the UK (ex Northern Ireland) and there will be no cost whatsover to the chosen schools. STEAM Co. alone will be responsible for the selection of the schools not have to explain the rationale behind it's decision, though will endeavour to respond to any queries around said selection.
We have a limited number of free sessions but do hope to be able to offer it to other schools after this date and strongly suggest that they reach out to local companies for volunteer and funding help. It is likely that we would request a donation of £750 for the day, in line with our regular STEAM Co. Days.
Our number one priority on STEAM Co. Days are the young people, both their enjoyment, education and safety and we take safeguarding very seriously. The schools safeguarding policy over rides all others and a copy of ours is available on request and will be provided prior to the day. We cannot guarantee that all our and our partners teams will have DBS clearance and all our team and their DBS status will be suitably identified. DBS certificates will be provided for all members that have them.
Community engagement with schools is very important to STEAM Co. so we'd hope to see you get a few carers engaged, these may be parents/guardians, local voluntary organisations, secondary children or employers. This is not a deal breaker as we're keen for this day to be enjoyed by any school, regardless of their setting.
A condition of entry is that schools agree for STEAM Co. to film the Co Co Code Day for marketing use by them and Google online, broadcast and other social and traditional media. The school will have full rights of review and approval for any film and photographs print to broadcast. We will do all thsi within the safeguarding and permissions policies of the chosen schools and do not want any school or child to be excluded form thsi opportunity due to their individual permissions and will either ensure they are not filmed or are anonymised in photos and films, again subject to school approval.
As is often the case round here, this plane took off before we'd finished building it. If you can think of anything we haven't, do let us know in the above form.