For almost 15 years Makewaves provided a unique safe space for children to publish their work on the web. For the first time pupils' work went beyond the walls of the school. They learnt new skills and confidence through self-publishing and the stories that they shared inspired us all.
Makewaves’ groundbreaking work was recognised with a BETT Innovation Award in 2004 and at its peak the site had over 5,000 schools and 85,000 young people. It received BETT awards again in 2012 and 2016 with another innovation award based on the pioneering work for recognising children’s skills with Open Badges.
We want to say a huge thank you to all the Teachers on Makewaves, for their unwavering commitment to celebrating and sharing the creativity happening in their classrooms - often having to find space in between the core curriculum to make this happen. And to all the young people who have thrown themselves into creating and sharing their work. Their stories and creativity have driven our efforts since the beginning. Lastly to the team of dedicated software developers, designers, educators and agents for change who went above and beyond to build the Makewaves story. We can all be proud of the journey we’ve been on and impact we’ve had together.
Although Makewaves’ time has now passed, we continue to explore new ways to help people of all ages to use new technology creatively to develop their skills and connect with others.
The Makewaves Team
Mark Riches, Tim Riches, Sharon Ashley, Lucy Lewis, Matt Rogers, Joe Weiler, Andrew Flowers, Katharine Courtney, Omid Mufeed, John Power, Luke Horwell, Paulo Oliveira and many others.
Mission Shakespeare is the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's new digital offer to extend children's learning beyond Shakespeare Week. Children can participate in a series of interactive and cross-curricular online challenges, inspiring them to learn about the work, life and times of William Shakespeare.
Makewaves Community Member
Six STEAM missions created with amazing partners designed to inspire the next generation of young space cadets by Tim Peake's very own mission to the International Space Station. Over 10,000 missions completed so far!
Unlimited Space Agency @unspaceagency
From stress busting to Flu Fighters, seventeen badges have been created to actively learn how to look after yourself and others.
Kath Evans @NHSEngland
A four year programme led by the Children's Society working with young carers across England to build confidence and recognise their achievements.
Luella M @childrensociety
Show your knowledge and understanding of the Ancient Greeks by completing the tasks set. Each task must be submitted as a post, and include text, images and where possible web links to resources you used. For the art task, you must show a photo of what you have created.
Year 5 - Science Unit 1 - Autumn Term. Complete the activites below to earn your first in a series of Science badges. you will have to work both independently on some tasks as well as collaboratively to complete this badge mission! Good Luck and we look forward to seeing your evidence.
You are well on your way to being the next mathematical genius. You can add and subtract like it's nothing! Take a picture of a math homework assignment that you have completed and have received back with an A check mark or a similar mark of completion made by your teacher.
You've earned the Graphic Artist Badge! To earn this badge you were able to make a piece of art on the computer and upload it as evidence. This work will enable you to earn your Graphic Artist badge and show off your design skills to your peers! Let's see what you can do!