About Mark Edwards

Mark is a graduate of the Royal College of Art with a Masters Degree in Interactive Media. At school he studied Physics, Art and Computer Science and is still most comfortable working on creative projects at the nexus of art, science and technology.

Making a DIY Battery Using the Salt-Powered Robot Kit

As part of our science week activities we’ve been looking at a few green technology concepts. There are many great examples and we found the Salt Powered Robot Kit by Kidz Labs was a perfect way to demonstrate how you can make batteries and generate electricity via chemical interactions.     Scientists are [...]

By |2019-03-13T10:37:44+00:00March 13th, 2019|Circuits, Projects, Robotics, Science, STEAM|0 Comments

Building An Interactive Orchestra Diagram

We continue to work with junior members of the STEAMShip crew to help realise their creative ambitions. This project was a year 8 music homework assignment to create a diagram of an orchestra, showing the various sections - strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. In true STEAMShip style our crew member, Lois, wanted to make something [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:34:59+00:00November 16th, 2018|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit Unboxing & First Impressions

Nintendo changed the landscape of video games over a decade ago with the revolutionary Wii remote which came bundled with the Wii console. Never before had such a broad span of the population been caught up the world of video game entertainment. The very young, senior citizens, whole families getting together to compete at Wii [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:35:34+00:00September 20th, 2018|Reviews, Technology|0 Comments

Why Every Parent Should Be Encouraging Their Child To Learn To Code

Coding - It's not a computer thing, not a techie thing, not a gadgets thing - it's a language thing! Coding essentially involves using languages to perform tasks, to communicate ideas and to express your motivations. More importantly, code is becoming the language which powers all other languages - our thoughts, feelings, emotions are all [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:35:44+00:00September 16th, 2018|Coding|0 Comments

Don’t Wake the Dragon! – Making and Coding with the BBC Micro:Bit

We recently held a 'making' activity day themed around dragons. Inspired by this topic we decided to explore some new ideas for using the BBC Micro:Bit creatively, developing projects for making and coding in a creative way is at the heart of everything we do here at the STEAMShip. Hic Est Draco - Roar! [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:36:26+00:00June 1st, 2018|Coding, Engineering, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

A Paper Circuits Christmas Card Challenge

  As a seasonal challenge I thought I would try to make a light-up Christmas card. I have documented the entire process and challenges I faced along the way. Why don’t you have a go with some paper circuits? The advantage with using a paper based medium for this project is that it [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:01+00:00December 20th, 2017|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Interactive Electro Dough Ice Cream Eating Monster

Electro dough is a great way to introduce lessons on circuits to younger learners. It is such a tactile way to get involved with building and engages the creative mind, placing more emphasis on creative play and hands-on exploration. Another advantage is that is it less fiddly to handle than some traditional electronics components [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:57+00:00August 17th, 2017|Art, Projects, Reviews, Technology|0 Comments

First Lego League International Open Championship Bath UK 2017

From all across the world, teams of young people have gathered at the University of Bath, UK, to participate in the First Lego League International Open Championship 2017. How fortunate for the Steamship crew that this year's competition is in our own home city and the very first time this prestigious event has been hosted [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:39:42+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Events, Reviews|0 Comments

Drawbots – prototyping designs for new workshops

Drawbots are always a very popular introduction to robotics workshop idea so we've spent some time recently experimenting with various designs and techniques to extend the drawbot workshops. Our focus was evaluating what materials and construction techniques are appropriate for different age groups and skill levels. We also analysed how much of the building activity [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:39:59+00:00June 13th, 2017|Art, Engineering, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

GO! GO! Robo! – Lego Mindstorms Robotics Fun.

Some of the Steamship crew were very excited to take delivery of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit a few weeks ago and have been getting to explore the amazing potential of such an exciting system. We have been particularly impressed with the ease of construction inherent in Lego Technic parts and how this enables [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:40:18+00:00January 10th, 2017|Coding, Projects, Reviews, Technology|0 Comments