Microsoft Maker Champion: STEM Skills Workshops for Girls in Years 6-8

We are delighted to announce that Microsoft’s long-running Maker Champion programme for Year 6, 7 & 8 students will be coming to Plymouth and Exeter in January 2020.

In a world being transformed by technology, developing young people’s digital skill-set is now more important than ever before. Coupled with this, there is a need to address the current gender imbalance in the STEM sector and bring more women into technology. These Maker Champion workshops aim to spark curiosity and act as a catalyst for developing female pupils’ digital skills for the future.

On the day the Microsoft team will be running a Maker Champion challenge with either Micro:bit or Minecraft Education Edition, followed by a paint 3D Futureproof activity and an interactive quiz on how Microsoft is using AI in different industries. These will challenge the students to use computational and critical thinking to model an idea that will help to solve a real-world problem, as well as open their eyes to the endless possibilities that technology can be used for.

Microsoft will be hosting two workshops in each location, with the first being open to female students from Year 7 & 8 and the second being open to female students in Year 6.

Each school is invited to have a maximum of 10 students at the events, and all student groups must be accompanied by a teacher or school staff member.


Plymouth event: 13th January 2020

Workshop for Year 7 & 8: 10:00 – 12:00

Workshop for Year 6: 13:00 – 15:00

Where: Ocean Studios, Plymouth  (Paid parking available near the venue)


Exeter event: 14th January 2020

Workshop for Year 7 & 8: 10:00 – 12:00

Workshop for Year 6: 13:00 – 15:00

Where: Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab, Exeter (Free parking available at the venue)


If you are interested in attending this event please email in the first instance.

Official event registration will open shortly and links will be sent out to those that register their interest via email.