Here’s some of the people you can expect to see at Little Sandbox.
Chris has such an enthusiasm for technology that it’s almost impossible not to learn something from him.
With a Physics degree and a post graduate diploma in software technology, along with a passion for digital making, he plans and develops the coding and electronics activities for Little Sandbox and devises the educational kits and games.
Chris takes complex knowledge and explains it in an easy to understand way. His excitement for technology makes him a motivated teacher and his easy going nature makes him a great person to work with.
Helen started Sandbox in 2010 as a web design agency working with the Voluntary & Community Sector. She’s had a varied career from being a taxi driver to working in the Music Industry. She’s a published author and she trained and worked as a playworker.
Her playwork experience combined with her web design and IT skills, means Little Sandbox was inevitable.
Helen takes care of all the admin and finance for Little Sandbox, as well as managing the website. She also plans the making and media activities
As a woman working in the digital sector, she’s experienced her fair share of inequality so Helen is passionate about making sure Little Sandbox is a place where boys and girls work together, to eliminate gender bias in tech from an early age.
All of our staff have been DBS checked and have taken part in Safeguarding training and First Aid training.
Chris and Helen run all of the clubs at Little Sandbox and deliver our workshops, parties and other events.
But they’re regularly supported by the following people:
Guest Expert - Film
Paul occasionally comes to Little Sandbox to provide some support around film making and video editing. He’s been involved in producing several films for Little Sandbox as well as teaching our kids skills such as interview techniques, camera angles and post production.
Guest Expert - Illustration
Snoof designed our 4 robots: Radia, Sparky, Crump and Frames. She also illustrates all our materials, instructions and booklets.
Snoof also come to Little Sandbox as a guest expert, to show the kids how she turns hand drawn illustrations into digital graphics.
Chris and Helen are also supported by Non-executive directors who offer advice and guidance on matters relating to the management and governance of Little Sandbox.
Soosie is the parent of one of our regular Little Sandbox members, and has witnessed the changes and development of the clubs since the first pilot year. She’s passionate about gender equality and wants to see more spaces, like Little Sandbox, for girls interested in technology. She is committed to helping us grow, by helping us understand what parents expect from us and to give us an insight into the impact our clubs have on the kids.
Soosie is a regular face at Little Sandbox and volunteers at our Kids Maker Club.
Prof. Matt Wilson
Matt is a Technologist, Business Adviser and Business Owner, specialising in Telecoms, the Internet of Things and Renewable Energy & Power Systems. He is a visiting professor at Liverpool John Moore’s University and the University of Essex in both Entrepreneurship and Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Matt has always been interested in technology, teaching himself from an early age. He says he wishes Little Sandbox had been around when he was young.
Helen and Matt were in the same class at school for 11 years and it was Helen’s memory of Matt all those years ago, that inspired her to start Little Sandbox.
Caroline retrained to become a physics teacher, having previously worked as a geotechnical engineer. She is the co-founder of Liverpool Makefest and opened the first makerspace in a state school at Penketh High in Warrington.
She was crowned teacher of the year by the TES in 2018 and has published a number of academic papers on STEM education.