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The IET and BCS have gathered together all known IT events in the Midlands at www.midlandsit.net, please feel free to check these out and attend any you may find interesting or useful.

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Don't forget to keep an eye on the Coventry MakerSpace events at http://www.meetup.com/CoventryMakerspace/  

Branch Events

All events are free (in the unlikely event they are not we will let you know up front) and booking is only essential where we ask you to prebook, e.g. for the Christmas Lecture. A booking link will then be provided by the event.  

Why Computing?

Date Thursday 22 Jan 2015
Time 18:30 - 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start (Please Note...this is a thursday)
Speaker Lisa Payne - tinyurl.com/paynePhDReport2013
Location ECG-01 - Coventry University Engineering & Computing block - Ground Floor
Abstract Lisa's talk, entitled "Why Computing?: lessons for industry and the profession", will cover aspects of her recently completed PhD research work. The aim of her project was to understand the processes by which students decide to apply for a computing degree. However the project led to a range of findings and recommendations for the range of stakeholders who have an interest in the education of computing students. This talk will focus mostly on those aspects which directly affect the IT industry and computing profession.

Lisa will look at (a few of) the issues which have led to there being a national shortage of IT Skills and yet computing having the highest level of graduate unemployment of all disciplines. Also, she will discuss the image of computing and public (mis )perceptions about computing. However she will also present findings relating to her prime initial objective and consider (some of) the issues influencing which young people choose to enter computing. Recommendations for the profession and industry will be included.

Lisa Payne spent some years early in her career working in the IT industry. Later, she spent over 25 years as a Computer Science lecturer, mostly at Coventry University, latterly as a Principal Lecturer. The 'Why Computing?' project was undertaken during a period when she was a full-time PhD research student, part-time lecturer and an Honorary Lecturer. Lisa remains an Honorary Lecturer, in the Department of Computing at Coventry University.

Learn together - Basic Arduino Workshop

Date Saturday 21 Feb 2015
Time 13:00 - 1:00pm start - planned to runb until 5:00pm
Speaker Richard and Fred - Coventry MakerSpace organisers http://coventrymakerspace.strikingly.com/
Location Coventry MakerSpace, Koco Community Resouce Centre, 15 Arches, Spon End, Coventry CV1 3JQ
Abstract Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Our Introduction to Arduino Workshop will get you up an running with this exciting technology, showing you how to program the device and make simple electronic circuits. The course fee includes a complete Arduino kit containing an Arduino UNO clone, LEDs, a motor, battery, prototyping board and other components. This will be yours to keep after the workshop.

Participants will need to bring a laptop (Mac/PC/Linux) to program on.

Price includes the kit

£48 per place for non members

£35 for early bird members (MAX 4 avaliable, 2 Left )

£40 for members.

To book, please go to our meetup page http://www.meetup.com/CoventryMakerspace/events/219122756/
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