About Inventors & Makers
Founder & Class Leader
I'm Laura and I set up Inventors & Makers in 2019 with a mission to help prepare today's children for tomorrow's world.
I originally trained as a lawyer and worked in the city for a few years before finding my true calling in education and teaching in some of London's Outstanding primary schools,
However, it was during my time leading curriculum design at a San Francisco education technology company that I started to think about the world of work that lies ahead for our children.
We don't know what the jobs of the future will be, but we do know that our children will need to be adaptable, flexible and creative problem solvers.
Inventors & Makers classes and workshops focus on developing the 21st century skills of problem solving, creativity and collaboration through STEM and Design subjects. With experience and practice of these skills, we give our children the ultimate transferrable skills: skills that are applicable to everything, and forever,
Caroline joined us in early 2020 as a class leader. As a qualified teacher with 10 years experience at some of London's top schools, she brings with her particular expertise in KS1 and Early Years curriculum as well as being a Level 3 Forest School Leader.
Many of the skills central to Inventors & Makers are also promoted and developed within the Forest School philosophy. Caroline therefore comes to Inventors & Makers already passionate about developing problem solving, creativity and collaboration in children through engaging and practical activities.
We are delighted to have Caroline as part of our team, bringing her expertise and experience to our after-school clubs and holiday workshops.
About Inventors & Makers Workshops
Inventors and Makers workshops and classes focus on developing future-proofing 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. It is these skills, so often missed in the busy school day, that will allow our children to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
In small classes, children are given the support and time to invent, make and collaborate, while being exposed to the tools and resources of the 21st century: for example designing their own app, creating their own short films, building a simple machine, or programming a robot.
The topics of the classes are intentionally broad to encourage flexibility and adaptability, whilst also allowing children to experience a range of new and interesting skills, and perhaps discover a new passion.
Inventors & Makers' founder, Laura Cross, speaks about education for the 21st-century with the Startup Van.
The Serious Bit....
The class leader, Laura Cross, is a qualified and experienced teacher.
She has an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check and pediatric first aid training.
All classes are fully insured and a risk assessment is carried out prior to each session.