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Visiting Hello Hubmarine at the Derby Book Festival

On Saturday evening, we went to see Hello Hubmarine’s Derby Book Festival event at the Silk Mill (we seem to be there all the time of late). Writing and design goes hand-in-hand and most of our work involves copy writing rather than fiction but we were keen to see what our local (and not so local) writers are up to.

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Bee talk sketch notes

Dave Goulson: Bees, pesticides and politics

Last Friday night we went to the last talk in a series of science talks at the University of Derby. Closing the programme was Dave Goulson, a British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. Here’s what we learned…

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Sketch notes from talk

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

Last Friday evening we went to the first of a series of science talks at the University of Derby. The talk was about challenging the current education system by 2013 TED prize winner, Professor Sugata Mitra. His approach to changing the current educational system will be seen by some as radical, but we are open to it and hope it will improve creativity in learning.

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Players testing the games

Games@Derby – Game design from Derby University

On Friday we left work a little early to go down to Games@Derby, a showcase of games from the Derby University 3rd year game design students. The Silk Mill hosted the event and when we got there it was packed with people eager to see and play the games.

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We’re starting a Code Club!

Yesterday we drove through the Derbyshire sunshine to attend a Code Club volunteer training session run by Katharine Childs, the East Midland’s coordinator. The session started off with lots of information about Code Club, the philosophy and the practicalities, and finished with us going through the first Scratch projects. Later we met with a local school to discuss setting up a club with them, all went well and we’re planning to start at the beginning of June.

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Recommended podcasts

This is an overview of some of my favourite podcasts. This list covers web design, business and other things that interest me and I’ll probably update it from time to time to reflect what I’m currently listening to.

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