Morwenna and MakerClub

Former Penrice Academy student and Deputy Head Girl of 1999-2000 Morwenna Griffin has pursued a career in the tech industry and things are taking off – but MakerClub want YOUR help.

In March 2017 Award-winning Brighton education startup MakerClub, at which Morwenna is Head of Education, launched a learning project with kids at its heart called BrightSparks. The programme was just named finalist in the national Tech4Good Awards, sponsored by BT and AbilityNet.

The company, nominated for the Digital Skills Award, are keen to get supporters and friends to join a public vote so that BrightSparks is also contender for the People’s Award 2017.

Morwenna explains: “BrightSparks matches city children from disadvantaged or low-income families directly with tech companies who sponsor individual children for 12 months of weekly technology mentorship. It’s a chance to make a life-changing difference to children who will typically not have had access to maker technology at school or at home.”

MakerClub runs weekly invention clubs for ages 8 to 13 in makerspaces across the UK and the project gives children access to brilliant equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters, while teaching hands-on invention skills through regular project work that covers coding, design-thinking and electronics.

National finals of the Tech4Good Awards take place in London at BT Headquarters on Tuesday 11th July 2017. Judging for the main awards is taking place behind closed doors, but the People’s Choice Award is down to a public vote.

There are two ways to help if you want to help MakerClub win!

  • Tweet support for MakerClub in the People’s Choice Award by following @Tech4GoodAwards on Twitter and tweeting using the unique hashtag #T4GBrightSparks. Every tweet and re-tweet using the hashtag #T4GBrightSparks counts as a vote, so if you see any tweets from others in your feed with it, please RT them!
  • Supporters can also vote for MakerClub BrightSparks directly on the Tech4Good Awards website. Go to the voting page and look for the BrightSparks from MakerClub link, click the box and cast your vote!

Read more about Tech4Good Awards

Watch the MakerClub video of club visit to Unity3D (inc BrightSparks kids)

Contacts:

  • Declan Cassidy, Director – declan@makerclub.org (07967182616)
  • Jon Pratty, Development – jon@makerclub.org (07739287392)