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Change Creators: Week Six

On Monday 4th April the Change Creators made their way to Bristol Robotics Laboratory to meet with Ali and Sam from Altitude Tech and present their ideas about the kind of sensor technology they’d like to use in their campaigns. As both groups have moved further in their planning, some of their ideas have recently changed. Monday’s meeting was a chance for the Change Creators to speak to Ali and Sam, who have been sharing their expertise with the groups over the past few weeks, and make some decisions about how they will use sensors as part of their campaigns.

Andreea, Chelsea and Yelena, from the mental health group, proposed three ideas for using sensors to collect data about how alternative therapies might help young people, in comparison to the current, most used methods. They also revealed the name of their mental health campaign, ‘itsok;’ to the rest of the group.

The food waste group, Charlie, Emma, Jay and Mason, want to collect data from homes about how much food waste is created and why. They have some ideas about how they would like to do this but haven’t come to a decision about which method would work best.

After initial feedback from Sam and Ali both groups worked together to develop new ideas. The meeting was a great success as both groups now have a better idea of what’s possible. Over the next few weeks they’ll be conducting more research in order to come to a final decision on what sensor technology they will create to use within their social change campaigns.

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Meet a Change Creator: Emma

Name: Emma Nicol
Age: 22
Campaign: Food Waste

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What made you apply to be a Change Creator?
I applied to be a Change Creator because I wanted to work with a group of people who have the same passion to create social change as I do. I’m particularly passionate about the environment and wanted to learn about how we can use sensor technology to inspire people to change.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?
I’m currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Illustration at Bristol UWE which takes up most of my time. I love to make work about environmental issues or scientific facts as I feel that art is a great way to communicate the information to a wide audience. I volunteer with Arnolfini and have a part time job. When I have free time I like to travel, see live music and go to art galleries or museums.

What’s been you favourite part of Change Creators so far?
My favourite part has been meeting people who are doing things already to try and create social change, it’s inspiring to see what other people are doing. It’s been great to work in a team of people in my age group who are passionate about social change.

What do you want to achieve through your campaign?
It would be great to see our campaign have an impact firstly in Bristol and then maybe further afield. Food waste is something that we can all help reduce.

Check out Emma’s blog to see her work.

Twitter @emmasnicol

 

Change Creators: Week Three

On Monday 14th March the Change Creators met at Paper Arts in Broadmead, for a workshop led by Justin Ricks, Business Development Manager at KWMC: The Factory. He took the group through five key stages of project management and offered advice and expertise. This helped the Change Creators to identify tasks they still need to complete in the planning of their social change campaigns and see how successful management can benefit a project. Both groups are now well equipped with useful information to work collaboratively to successfully run their campaigns about food waste and mental health.

The group also met with Sam Nwankwo and Ali Rohafza from Altitude Tech, the company that designed the Sensly, a portable pollution sensor capable of detecting the pollution levels in the air. The Change Creators pitched their ideas to Ali and Sam, who then discussed with the Change Creators whether their sensing ideas were viable and if they are likely to work within their campaigns [See their ideas here]. They were also able to offer an insight into creating a device that uses sensors, covering topics such as time, money, planning, preparation and research. This information was highly valuable to the Change Creators and they now have a good idea of the time frame they will be working within.

KWMC’S Young People’s Programme Manager Mena Fombo commented: “Last nights masterclass,  which involved testing some ideas of what’s possible to sense with Altitude was really invaluable for the teams. The expertise which Ali and Sam were able to bring to the table has really opened the doors for the directions of both these campaigns. It was great for everyone in the room to hear ‘yes, this is possible’ in response to some of the sensing ideas.”

The Change Creators will continue to move forward with their planning and research over the coming weeks.

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Change Creators: Week Two

On Monday 7th March, the Change Creators met at Arup’s Bristol Office to continue with the development of their social change campaign. The group met with Peter Cooper, who is a Consultant and Research Engineer at Arup, and we took the group through Arup’s history and experience in engineering, consulting and project management.

The Change Creators separated into their groups of four and began to finalise their campaign ideas, taking into account time, resources, and whether their aims are achievable and realistic.

Andrea, Chelsea, Ella and Yelena are continuing to focus on services offered to young people dealing with mental health problems. Their aim is to diversify these services. They want to collect data, using brain sensors, that will show how young people feel after different types of therapy or counselling. The group also want to use phone sensors to monitor what the young people do after they have received these different types of therapy. Yelena says that this can help them see if and how art therapy has worked and can also help to identify when people are at risk.

The group working on food waste confirmed that they will be focusing on consumer/citizen food waste. They want to help people understand the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ – as they can be confused as meaning the same thing and people can throw away food that is perfectly fine to eat. Charlie, Emma, Jay and Mason want to show people that they can make meals like soups or smoothies from fruit and veg that is going out of date instead of wasting it and buying more. Another of their ideas is a tupperware that can sense when food is going off, giving people a chance to use the food in time and decreasing the amount being wasted.

The Change Creators then came together to share their new findings and ideas with the rest of the group, providing and receiving feedback and sharing how the two campaigns are developing. Peter also gave some valuable feedback to the groups, highlighting key issues associated with the two topics that are currently on the political agenda.

KWMC’s Young People’s Programme Manager Mena Fombo commented: ‘last night’s session was really positive, and the groups are now beginning to shape their social change campaigns.  There is so much raw passion coming through the group members, I’m excited by the development of both of these projects’.

You can follow the Change Creators workshops live on Twitter at @Change_Creators

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Change Creators: Week One

After Inspire week, the Change Creators had the weekend to gather their thoughts and relax after an action-packed five days. They returned to KWMC on Monday 28th February to discuss their ideas further and begin developing their campaigns. In groups of four, they discussed their aims and what they wanted to achieve through their social change campaigns.

The group working on mental health – Ella, Yelena, Andreea and Chelsea – decided that they would focus on diversifying the way young people receive mental health support, as they believe more people would benefit from alternative methods such as art therapy. They want to bring attention to the possibilities for using art therapy or workshops to help people experiencing mental health problems.

Mason, Jay, Charlie and Emma, who are focusing on food waste, found that there were many different layers to the issue. After researching, Mason concluded that there were three important stages: the supplier, the supermarket and the consumer. The group will spend more time exploring these stages in the next few weeks to find a focus for their campaign.

As the groups will be using sensor technologies in their campaign, both groups devised a pitch explaining the sensors they would like to create, the data they would like to collect, and what the information would be used for.Some of their ideas included a wristwatch that sensed emotional activity and a sensor that would record the weight of food waste in a bin.

Over the next few weeks the Change Creators will be gathering feedback about whether their ideas are viable. There is still more planning and research to be done and you can follow the Change Creators’ workshops live on Twitter at @Change_Creators

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#artvstech Round Two

Knowle West Media Centre will be putting Art and Tech head to head for a second time this half term.  Join us to create a collection of memories and bring your stories to life – digitally!

On Tuesday 27th May Ludic Rooms will join us again for a day of mapping, getting lost, and finding our way again. Help us to find the answers to questions like: “How many scooter lengths from Knowle West Children’s Centre to KWMC?” and create new ways of measuring Knowle West.

Work with artists Pippa and Fiona on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May to find and design interesting objects triggered by memories. Use new materials to re-cast found objects, and use Fiona’s laser cutter to make your designs.

On Friday 30th May join the KWMC Young People’s Team to make a sound story or audio clip of your favourite memory. Use Google Maps to make a map of memories and bring it to life with your creativity through craft work, drawing and more.

The Young People’s Team will be on hand all week to help you create films and other digital records of the memories you collect. There will also be all the things you would expect from a week of KWMC activities: more Raspberry Pi’s, more Littlebits, more music, more photography…

  • All activities are free.
  • Knowle West Media Centre, 27th – 30th May 2014, 10am-3pm. Ages 10-19. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • To book your place call 0117 903 0444.

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Supporting women in technology

Knowle West Media Centre has created a series of photographic portraits to mark International Women’s Day 2014.

Female staff, visitors and young women involved with KWMC created giant placards to illustrate facts, hopes and aspirations – and why they believe it’s important to support young women. They were then photographed holding their card.

View the gallery below or visit the Tumblr post: www.womenofkwmc.tumblr.com

We have worked with young people since our inception in 1996 and we are currently planning a new programme to support more young women to gain the skills and knowledge needed to enter and progress in the technology workforce, which currently has a significant gender imbalance. Only 17% of the technology workforce is female and this figure is decreasing by 0.5% each year[1].

KWMC wants to support young people to become producers as well as consumers of technology. We want to encourage more girls and young women to experiment, learn new digital skills and develop ideas so that they are better able to recognise a wider range of opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

Further details about the ‘Girls in Tech’ programme coming soon. Contact Penny for more information.


[1]E-Skills (2011) Analysis of data from the ONS Labour Force Survey 2001 to 2010, London.

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What we’re dreaming of in 2015

Bristol Maker Lab is one of the big ideas dreamed up in our Do What You Love programme – we hope it will be a place for everyone to make their own products and become entrepreneurs. Bristol Maker Lab will have the very latest equipment, like 3D printers and laser cutters, with experts on hand to show people how to use them. It will be open to the public so that people can start designing and making things to sell. There’ll be a programme of classes about how to make great things using the equipment – anything from jewellery to robots to spare parts for washing machines. We’ve made a lovely brochure explaining how it will all work, which you can download here: Bristol Maker Lab For more details contact Hazel or Justin.

 

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