About MadLab U18

MadLab U18 was launched in 2012. Here’s some of the things we’ve been up to since then:

  • MadLab is a partner organisation in Nesta’s “Make Things Do Stuff” programme
  • We write a weekly column in the Manchester Evening News about digital technology, focusing on how young people can get involved
  • The Ideas Foundation and MadLab are working on a groundbreaking pilot project, investigating new ways of bringing tech into the classroom. We’re working with three high schools in Greater Manchester, doing things like making mini POVs, light and line-following robots and learning about Arduino
  • We’re also working with schools and youth clubs to run fun digital workshopsBehold!
  • We got Manchester City Council to agree to engage over 100 young people as part of Young Rewired State 2013 and are helping the council achieve its aim of having Code Clubs in 25% of local primary schools by the end of next year
  • MadLab U18 has been a key presence at discussions related to the seeding of initiatives in Manchester like the Code Club movement, a national movement of volunteer-led after school clubs for children aged 9-11
  • We hosted two half-term events for children to learn about coding under the guidance of MadLab like Mike Little (co-founder of WordPress) and DJ Adams (SAP). This was funded by Microsoft Communities/ TechSoup Global (who visited MadLab in June 2012)YRS2012 at MadLab
  • In December 2012, we held the regional launch for Nesta, the Nominet Trust and Mozilla’s new Digital Makers programme and fund, a programme to encourage and enable a generation of young people to create rather than simply consume technology.
  • During Manchester Science Festival 2012 we ran a Robot Hackday where children of all ages transformed their unwanted toys into brilliant robotsA multitude of robots