Session type:

Case Study

Presented by:

Chris Young

Hollydale Primary School

Session time:

29 Jun 13:30 14:30

Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

Hear the story of Hollydale Primary School’s Computing Club and how a great bunch of kids plus lean and agile practices made it a success.

During the pandemic, the measure of privilege and the lack of representation in our industry was brought sharply into focus for me when the head of our local primary school Reema Reid asked for help raising money to address digital poverty in her school.

We contained this problem with a tactical fix; crowdfunding the purchase of Chromebooks to use for remote learning. But it was clear that we needed something more strategic to make a bigger impact.

In this session, the students and I will share the story of how we started the club, set outcomes, and then worked iteratively to create a hardware and software solution using a Raspberry Pi based Rube Goldberg Machines.


Participant takeaways:

  • Set a clear goal for the outcomes we wanted to achieve
  • Used the power of PostIt notes, whiteboards, and design thinking
  • Worked with small batch sizes, iteration
  • Made sustainable learning and enjoyment first-class citizens
  • Used pairing and mobbing
  • Planned, did, checked, and acted in a safe to fail, safe to learn environment

Themes: Learning, Change, Diversity, Representation

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