A 21st Century ‘Why Don’t You’ for British youthBy Nominet Trust
Make Things Do Stuff is a campaign to encourage young Britons to become dab-hand digital makers, instead of astonishingly prolific digital consumers.
The campaign dovetails with changes to the UK national curriculum, which is now putting computer programming and digital making into the classroom for the first time.
Lead by an alliance of Nominet Trust, Nesta and Mozilla Foundation, with backing from UK Government, Make Things Do Stuff is shining a spotlight on the ever-growing vast array of projects, tools and resources to help young people experiment with everything from making a website to building a 3D robot, or taking part in their first hack to designing their own apps.
The site lists external community events, clubs and competitions and it is getting behind a number of new nationwide events to further grow the movement and create opportunities for young people, featuring zingy workshops and trainings in everything from animation to websites.
External partners such as O2 Telefonica have signed up to support the campaign: pledging to provide mentoring days, resources, content or training camps. At its launch, workshops included London Zoo, which taught children how to design an animal app that would dance to music, and Codasign, who demonstrated how to make an instrument out of fruit and veg.
Image courtesy of Make Things Do Stuff
Last updated: 23rd of June, 2014