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Code Clubs at MadLab

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities!

MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map

or

December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Why are we doing this?

IMG_5089At the moment there are only a handful of Code Clubs in Salford. In comparison, one in five schools in Manchester and London host a club. We want to give as many Salford children as possible the chance to learn to code – but we can’t do this alone!

The scheme needs enthusiastic volunteers who want to share their love of code with the next generation while taking part in a rewarding, worthwhile experience. Which is where you come in!

How does it work?

Code Club is typically attended by around 10 to 15 children and runs for an hour each week.

Each club is led by a teacher from the school and a volunteer from the IT industry. Volunteers are usually developers by trade and can work individually on a club or as part of a team.

Clubs begin with basic coding in Scratch – a really colourful drag-and-drop way to code. There are then options to then move on to HTML and Python further down the line.

Children work through a series of projects to create games, animations and websites, the focus is on making coding fun, the learning then happens on its own.

They get club certificates as they move through the projects, and there are opportunities to enter competitions or try out seasonal activities too.

Children love working through the projects and in a recent survey have rated them as 92% fun!

We need you!

IMG_5085Volunteering to run a Code Club is very rewarding. Here’s what some existing volunteers say about their clubs:

Getting feedback on how much the kids enjoy the club and seeing the creative spark – it’s worth every minute

Teaching at my Code Club is the most rewarding part of my week

I enjoy being part of the solution of teaching computing in schools

Interested?

We’ll help you through the volunteering process with set-up advice, networking opportunities and ongoing support.

In addition, you can also become a STEM ambassador through the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) training scheme, (this includes a free DBS check). This is not mandatory but you may find it a useful experience. http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/

To register your interest email codeclub@madlab.org.uk and visit www.codeclub.org.uk for more information.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map

or

December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Hotdesking available at the new Salford MadLab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re moving into our new Salford Venue next week where we’ll have lots of desk space available for hire. If you’re interested in hot desking with us in our new space, get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk.

We’ll be offering desks at £90pcm on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’d like to visit the space to have a look first, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange a date to show you around.

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P.S We’re counting on you to use your imagination to picture the missing desks we’ll be putting in when we arrive!

 

 

The MadLab 2014 Survey – What we’ve learnt so far!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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The MadLab survey is underway! If you have a spare few minutes, please take it here and help shape our future direction.We’ve had several hundred responses so far. Thank you to everyone who has already taken part.
We thought you might like to hear about some of the early trends that are emerging. Here are some of the highlights:
  • About a third of you are from Manchester, 15% of you live in Stockport and another 15% in Salford, with Bolton, Bury and Trafford all on 10%. We’ve got users from across all areas of the Greater Manchester region – and a strong showing from West Yorkshire, East Cheshire and South Lancashire.
  • 30% of MadLab’s users are women
  • On average, people spend 3-4 hours at MadLab every month
  • 25% of respondents have volunteered or do volunteer. Of the 75% that haven’t, half of you would volunteer 4-5 hours a month, given the right project (this is amazing!)
  • 45% of you have gone on to further learning as a result of coming to MadLab, and over 40% have gone on to share things you’ve learnt at MadLab with other people
  • 15% of you have gone on to get a job or a promotion as a direct result of the formal or informal training you’ve had at MadLab

We’ll keep you updated as more info comes in.

Have a great Friday.

MadLab

The Big MadLab User Survey 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The MadLab Annual User Survey is out and we need as many people to complete it as possible!

Take the survey

Have you ever been to MadLab, been on a course or workshop, got involved with our groups or simply considered doing any of the above?

If yes, it’d be really great if you could fill out our Big MadLab User Survey 2014.

Why do we need you to do it?
As most of you know, we’re undergoing a big refurbishment at the moment, and when we reopen in October with a shiny new space, we’re hoping to improve our services too. This means connecting with as many people as we can in the Greater Manchester region, delivering more world-class training and events and helping people find more opportunities to further themselves and their careers. To do this, we need funding and to get funding we need data from our users!

It should only take 10 minutes to complete and you can choose to remain completely anonymous if you’d prefer. If you’d like to get in touch with us about any of the questions, please do via office@madlab.org.uk

Finally, we’ve got lots of exciting new plans for next year, including the opening of a second venue. More details can be found on the survey :)

We hope to see you all at MadLab soon. Keep your eye on our twitter @madlabuk for regular updates and watch out for the new courses newsletter coming soon!

 

MADLAB IS MOVING! (just for a few months during our refurb)

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As most of you know, the MadLab building is undergoing a big refurbishment from mid-August to mid-October. This means we’ve had to temporarily relocate to New Arts Spaces (Federation House) whilst the building work takes place.

It also means, from October, we’ll have a shiny new space, that is bigger, better and much nicer, though of course retaining all of MadLab’s quirkiness!

All community group meet-ups and events are on as usual during the refurbishment period, and they will be held either at New Arts Spaces (Federation House) on Dantzic Street or at Terrace (next door to MadLab). The MadLab office will be based at New Art Spaces (Federation House), if you’d like to drop in and say hi!

We’ll also be offering free hot-desking space at Terrace during this period. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this soon.

Once the refurbishment is complete, we’ll have lots of new hot-desking and desk-hire space in the MadLab building. If you are interested in using our new space as an office from October, get in touch via office@madlab.org.uk for more details.

If you are looking to attend a community group meetup or event during this period check on the event listing on this site or our twitter and Facebook pages to see where the meetup is taking place. The meetup will either be at New Art Spaces (Federation House) or upstairs at Terrace. Below are detailed instructions of how to get to both venues.

UPSTAIRS ROOM AT TERRACE:

Terrace is the bar next to MadLab. It’s really easy to find. Stand facing the MadLab entrance and shuffle to your right (mind the scaffolding!) until you get to their black double doors. Go through these, and immediately right again, through a door and up the stairs. Voila!

NEW ART SPACES (FEDERATION HOUSE):

This is where the MadLab team will be housed during the refurb. It’s just a 3 minute walk from the MadLab building. We’ll make sure there’s someone around MadLab during the meetup to direct you to Federation House but here are the directions in case you want to make your own way there:

With MadLab on your left, walk down to the end of Edge Street and turn left onto High Street. Take the next right on to Thomas Street and walk all the way to the end of the road towards Shudehill. At the end of the street, cross over and turn left towards Shudehill tram stop. Turn right on to the tram stop platform and walk down towards The Printworks. Turn right at the end of the stop onto Danztic Street. Federation House is on your left and the MadLab entrance is through the big black gates. There will be someone from MadLab there to greet you!

Map with directions from MadLab to New Federation House

Photographic walk-through from MadLab to New Art Spaces (Federation House):

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