About Scavenger Labs in a Nut Shell

We create workshops and educational materials to demystify science, engineering and communication technology. We promote hands on tinkering to build a feeling of empowerment and possibility about technology and to kick start conversations on environmental and ethical approaches.

Family Fixit Campaign

A campaign by Ferney Lee schoolchildren to encourage fixing to reduce textile and electronic waste

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About this Campaign

This campaign was created by Year 6 students at Ferney Lee Primary School in the Summer of 2021. The aim was to reduce waste. Later in this report you can find our more about how it came to life. This report covers the following:

  • The Family Fixit Campaign to reduce textile and electronic waste
  • How the campaign was created by young people
  • How you can get involved now!
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Todmorden Makery - a new maker space project

Scavenger Labs start a new space for making, repairing and inventing

Image of the first Repair Cafe at the new Todmorden Makery workshop

Press Release – For immediate Release

Todmorden Makery A Big Thank You to Todmorden

We have been awarded Town Council grant funding to establish a community workshop located in Todmorden Community College.

Following the success of the pre-covid monthly Repair Café , Mick Chesterman decided more could be done to create a long-term space for people to make, create and repair, as well as provide a home for like-minded community focused projects.

Mick said

“Todmorden Makery is a community workshop for repairing and making all manner of things located in Todmorden Community College. One of the leading contributions to climate gas emissions are the textile and electronics industries. This project encourages repairing objects, sharing tools and spreading knowledge of repairing.

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Buggy Battles

Race, wrestle, navigate.... DESTROY ALL COMPETITORS

Date TBC Buggy Battles is now full but please contact - steve (at) noisytoys (dot) org - if you would like to take part in futures rounds. This will be the first of what we hope will become a regular event. Buggies built from recycled materials and controlled by portable programmable devices will battle and race against each other. All participants will get experience at coding and Making and together we can start to build more intelligent, complex and brutal buggies for the next round. [Read More]

50 Million Tonnes Video

Short film produced for Bradford Science Festival- e-waste, upcycling & hardware hacking

Watch us smashing up a printer and disecting a flashing trainer to find out more about e-waste HERE on the Bradford Science and Media Museum youtube. 50 Million Tonnes …of electronic waste was produced last year. More than ever before, more every year. We buy more, it breaks more quickly, and more of it piles up in the poorest parts of the world. In this film we learn the way of the Scavenger: all this e-waste is free stuff that we can learn to hack and use for our own inventions. [Read More]

50 Million Tonnes

New stage show for Bradford Science Festival- e-waste, upcycling & hardware hacking

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Date: 26, 27, 28 October - 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Free, but booking essential

Family bubbles can sit together.

Book HERE on the Bradford Science and Media Museum Website.

50 Million Tonnes

…of electronic waste was produced last year. More than ever before, more every year. We buy more, it breaks more quickly, and more of it piles up in the poorest parts of the world.

Will technology destroy our planet or could it give us the solutions we need? -

Show at Bradford Science and Media Museum

In this show we learn the way of the Scavenger: all this e-waste is free stuff that we can learn to hack and use for our own inventions. We can learn how the technology works, about where the materials come from and where the waste goes to and what we can do to help the situation. Just maybe we can figure out what are we supposed to do with that drawer full of dead tech that we all have at home.

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Making Change Project Todmorden - Delayed

learn about what is inside some everyday electronic items

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Update on #iwill / Making Change Project

Due to issues of restricted access to schools in 2020 this project will now run in a similar way in 2021.

About #iwill / Making Change Project

Scavenger Labs are a new social enterprise concerned with environmental and science education. We are running a social action project in partnership with Todmorden High School and Todmorden Learning Centre to raise environmental awareness and promote positive behavioural change as part of the #iwill programme. https://www.iwill.org.uk/

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale we will work with young people and families from Todmorden High to create a campaign around waste and creative approaches to behaviour change.

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Waste Awareness Project

Consequences of disposable electronic consumer products

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An estimated 54 million tons of electronic waste are produced annually and we hope to draw people’s attention to this issue, as well as to the consequences of obtaining the materials (including conflict minerals) and disposing of the waste after a very short life-span of usability.

Young people are very receptive to this message as it is often young people in developing countries who are involved in the mining and the waste processing, working in difficult and dangerous circumstances. Young people in rich countries like the UK are subjected to intensive marketing to obtain the latest electronic gadgets and games, which contain more and more sophisticated surveillance tools to profile their user’s lives, and are designed to produce habit-forming behaviour in even very young users. Yet we have less and less control over -or understanding of- the workings of our technology. Often, the technology seems to control the user now, instead of the other way around.