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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

Sciencefest Workshop – Case Study

The Steamship team were recently invited to take part in Combe Down Primary school’s Sciencefest week. The Brief We were asked to deliver a workshop to a class of key stage 2 children on the subject of science and the outdoors! Thinking back through our previous tinkering sessions we remembered a great project on UV [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:36:11+00:00July 1st, 2018|Art, schools, Science, workshops|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

Steampunking the Spikenzie Labs Solder : Time Watch

I was excited to receive the original Solder: Time watch by Spikenzie Labs as a birthday present and I thought it would make a good project for a steampunk watch. I have been a fan of nixie tube watches for a while, in particular, the ChronodeVFD cyberpunk wristwatch by J. M. De Cristofaro which isn't [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:36:43+00:00January 12th, 2018|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

Fun with LED Glowies and Throwies

LED Glowies and Throwies are great little lights which you can use as building blocks for all kinds of STEAM projects. A simple LED Glowie consists of an LED and 1 or 2 cell batteries, taped together. To make one you put the positive wire (longer wire) of the LED on the positive + side [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:30+00:00September 20th, 2017|Art, Projects, Technology|0 Comments

Junior STEAMShip Challenge: How To Build Your Own Lego Fidget Spinner

We challenged one of our junior crew members  to come up with some designs for fidget spinners made out of Lego pieces.   Have you ever really wanted a fidget spinner of your own but your parents won't let you get one? Or do you just want to put your Lego to good use? If [...]

By |2019-01-19T15:37:42+00:00September 20th, 2017|Projects|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