Local primary schools and Manchester Met’s Faculty of Education have joined together in a new learning hub to support pupils in the community. Six schools from Hulme, Moss Side and Fallowfield, have joined the Learning Hive Community and study with MMU students and teachers at the Birley campus.
The network is led by Steven Flower and Damian Payton and supported by the University's Education and Social Research Institute. It aims to inspire local school pupils and give them an opportunity to experience digital making. It also encourages students to develop their engagement skills and contribute to the local community.
The network launched in February 2015 with ‘The Robot Challenge’, a pilot project involving pupils from four local schools working with Manchester Met students and staff to test their skills in computing and electronics and have a go at building a robot.
The Robot Challenge Project is supported by Manchester City Council’s regeneration team along with Code Clubs, a nationwide network of free volunteer led after school-coding clubs for children aged 9-11.
Liz Smart, Code Clubs North West Coordinator said:
“The MMU Hive Learning Network is an exciting and really positive network to be involved in as it joins communities together to enhance children’s experience of digital making and in some cases opens up a whole new world to them.”
If you would like more information on the MMU Learning Hive Community then please contact James Duggan: 0161 247 2083, firstname.lastname@example.org