Little Sandbox: Terabytes
Exciting news this week: We’ve been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme, to start a new club aimed at teenagers with a focus on entering STEM competitions.
As our older members are reaching their teens – they’ve expressed some concerns over whether they’ll still be able to attend Little Sandbox, so we set about planning a new club and securing funding to help us get it off the ground. We’re aiming to be able to open in September, once we’ve settled into our new building.
Following our recent Pioneers group project, we’re excited to be able to offer a club that will focus on collaborative designs and working together to build and code ideas that solve real world problems.
We recently attended the Big Bang NW in Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre. As part of the event, schools are invited to submit entries into the regional Big Bang competition and these were on display throughout the day for judging. At the end of the event the winners were announced and put forward to the Big Bang final in Birmingham in February 2018.
As part of our Lottery application, our aim is to submit an entry to the Big Bang NW regional competition in 2018.
When I spoke to the organisers of the Big Bang NW, All About STEM, I asked if it would be possible for us to submit an entry as a tech club rather than a school – their response…
“No one’s ever asked us that before, but I don’t see why not.”
As one of the few kids tech clubs around, we may well be the very first non-school entry to the Big Bang – wouldn’t that be exciting?
The Big Bang isn’t the only STEM competition, in fact The Google Science Awards and the Young Minds Awards are global competitions, set in the USA… so I hope our new club members will have their passports ready, just in case…!