Essex Steamettes

Online activities for girls aged 11-19yrs old (9yrs+ with previous coding experience) who want to learn creative coding, engineering, digital art and the application of technology to solve problems associated with climate change, pollution, ageing. In person activities below subject to COVID.
See below for joining details, photos and videos.

Join us for coding digital art / animation, drones / LED displays, social care robotics, environment / space science and more. We’ll have occasional visits by women in tech and we take part in other activities as audience, speakers and workshop organisers or to get help and network.

Online meetings first and then in person meetings subject to restrictions below :

Sundays 2pm-4pm
Learn Microbit, Python, code drones, careers, meet women in tech and more.
11yrs+ (9yrs with experience in Scratch, Microbit or Python coding)
Sunday 2pm booking here.
(Because of an Eventbrite bug, you may get reminders for MiniMu glove competition)

Create an account on and and you can use a Raspberry Pi for your Python coding as well.

Tuesdays 5pm-7pm
Simpler Scratch coding and science/tech activities, 9yrs+
Tuesday 5pm booking here.
(Because of an Eventbrite bug, you may get reminders for MiniMu glove competition)

Thursday 8th April 2021 10.30am-12pm
Girls in Tech meeting with Teledyne e2v
Book ticket on Eventbrite here.

Sunday 9th May 2pm-4pm
Coding drones and LED arrays with Lily Hunter Green

Book on Eventbrite to get the Zoom joining details.
Parents to supervise and maybe help with punctuation on keyboards.
Please allow microphone and camera on entering.
Newcomers can arrive 10 mins early to get acquainted.

Sat 12-5pm 26th June The Old Waterworks, Southend
Coding drones and LED arrays with Lily Hunter Green




An online meetup for girls who love being creative with science, technology and engineering.

Make friends, learn new things, work on projects together, find out about tech careers, help others learn, show your projects to others, get feedback and help.

The application form asks about ability and interests and if you’d like to talk or show your project (screen sharing and/or webcam) and we’ll flesh out the activities based on that feedback.

We’ll look at an easy way to start learning Python with Edu Blocks, creating animations and using sensors on the Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station, pollution sensing, longer term collaboration and more. Tuesdays 5pm and Sundays 2pm will be doing the wearable tech glove course with 4 EssexSteamettes taking part in the competition by making video diaries of their progress.

Click here to watch one of the Essex Steamettes Youtube videos and see the their playlist: with turtle patterns during today’s @SouthendRPiJams meetup, using @edu_blocks πŸ™‚


Lowena wrote the code to turn the Astro Pi into an mp3 player which played the Sonic Pi tune created in Southend which Tim Peake tweeted when he was on the International Space Station. Details here.

Please help to publicise on Facebook and Twitter :

You can see more photos on Facebook (don’t forget to like the page and posts):


Mercury Digital Festival

Friday 21st August 11.30pm, Saturday 22nd August 11.30pm, Sunday 2pm
The Essex Steamettes will be showing people how to create digital stories using Scratch on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, they will be showcasing what they have been doing during lockdown and inviting other young people to show their projects as well.
More details here.

Meeting ID: 835 3479 9339
Passcode: 067538

Microbit interactive glove course

The Essex Steamettes took part in an interactive wearable tech course and helped run a camp over the summer. More details here (password: essexsteamettes)

Shared document:
MiniMu glove questions :