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Claire Garside


Foundation for Digital Creativity

United Kingdom


Computer Science Education Information Technology Policy Research

The Foundation for Digital Creativity is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to remove barriers and ignite inspiration to enable everyone to bring about social good through the use of digital technologies.

Claire has over 20 years of extensive experience as a senior teacher and creative technologist and is a strong advocate of improving girls’ and women’s opportunities in STEM. She was part of the team to launch the 'Internet of Curious Things' IOT programme to remove barriers by developing engaging project-based activities that more people can access. Since 2017 these educational activities have been a catalyst for new inventions created by 4 - 73 year olds; many of whom had no previous digital making or coding experiences.

Claire published a peer reviewed paper with Leeds University, exploring the impact of maker education on the formal curriculum in secondary schools, and has since embarked on their Doctorate of Education programme. This latest research centres around digital making and wellbeing.

Areas of Expertise: Working with adults and children, public and private sector organisations, to democratise the internet of things Initiator of The Things Network in Hull and Connected Hull smart citizen project Educational Research - Digital Making STEM to STEAM Curriculum Design Educational Technology Professional Development Community Learning Programmes

Keywords: innovation, internet of things, education, air quality, data, emerging technology