The art of messaging: how well do we get the message across with communication technology?

For Open House, Kettles Yard with Grove Primary School, Virtually There Studio, Cambridge Amateur Radio Club

Special Thanks to Centre for Computing History, Community Workshop and Tim Welton for loans of old communication devices

‘How will I meet up with my mates in London on a night out with no mobile phone?’ A chance enquiry from my son that sparked an almost obsessive interest in old and new communication technology and led to an opportunity to spend 5 weeks investigating how well we communicate and message with a group of Year 4 and 5 students.

My own children are questioning their reliance on mobile phones but will the generation after them will still be able to ask those questions? What came before, how well do we communicate with the devices we use now and how will communication tech develop in the future?

Over the 5 weeks we explore messaging through words, images and body languages; investigate a wide range of historic devices; communicate using a microbit; try our hand at coding; build morse code buttons and send messages via 2 way radio and finally write actual letters to the future our thoughts on communication. We share our research and findings with the rest of the school and parents using Bare Conductive paint and touchboards.

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