Creative Learning

“For most young people digital technology is an everyday part of life. Many are avid consumers of digital media. However, they often don’t understand how to manipulate the underlying technology, let alone how to create it for themselves.”

–NESTA, Young Digital Makers. March 2015.

Experimentation and play, along with hacking – taking things apart to figure out how they work, then repurposing or reimagining them – are key elements in the MadLab technologists’ toolbox. Something we discovered at an early age!


MAKE STUFF (2016-)
MadLab presents MAKE STUFF – a series of free coding, making and tech events for both adults and young people this summer, popping up around the Greater Manchester region, in Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Code Club Salford (2015-)
A weekly volunteer-led drop-in session at MadLab Salford, for 9-11 year old children (and their parents). One of only two Code Clubs in the UK not to take place in a school.

“Cool & Quirky” (2014)
Building skills and confidence for 29 young asian women, in conjunction with Manchester Girl Geeks: creating robots out of toothbrushes, making LED badges, bags and t-shirts, creative coding, and an introduction to Arduino by teen maker Amy Mather.

Creative Technology Open Days (2014)
A popup MadLab and series of events at Longsight Library for more than 100 young people – drop-in creative coding, projection mapping and electronics tinkering sessions, strawberry DNA extraction, projection mapping, plenty more besides.

Video CVs (2014)
Assisting young people in better representing themselves and their abilities to prospective employers.

Back to School with The Ideas Foundation (2013)
Helping to prepare teachers and pupils for changes to the national IT curriculum by developing creative learning programmes in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Programming and Robotics.

Manchester CoderDojo (2012)
Provided early financial and organisational support to “a volunteer-led community group for young people learning to make things”.

Young Rewired State Manchester (2010-12)
A national collaborative hacking event for young developers and designers to solve real-world problems. MadLab provided organisational support and physical space for volunteers, becoming the largest national centre as a consequence.