Essex Steamettes

Online activities for girls aged 11-19yrs old who want to learn creative coding, engineering, digital art and the application of technology to solve problems associated with climate change, pollution, ageing.
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.

In person: She Heals Sci-Art exhibition

Sat 12pm-5pm 26th June The Old Waterworks, Southend
Drones, bee viruses, LED hives with Lily Hunter Green

Girls 11yrs+ are invited to workshops 12pm-3pm to include 3D design, creating virtual reality worlds, space science, interactive musical glove.
Booking and more details click here.


Online: Sundays 2pm-4pm

Learn Microbit and electronics, (also other activities like coding drones, careers, meet women in tech, Python, games creation and more).
Booking here for Zoom link.
(Because of an Eventbrite bug, you may get reminders for MiniMu glove competition)

Please create an account on Tinkercad.Β 

You can buy a Microbit version 2 and the Inventor’s Kit here to use.

Microbit version 2

Microbit Inventor’s Kit

Local libraries loan Microbits and you can buy the parts in the Inventor’s Kit separately which may be cheaper, especially if you have some already.

Online: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm

Learn to build a website
Booking here for Zoom link.
(Because of an Eventbrite bug, you may get reminders for MiniMu glove competition)

Create an account on and and we’ll look at how you can use a Raspberry Pi to host your websites at a later date.



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:

Experimenting 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.



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

Online: Coding drones

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

Booking here for Zoom link.
(Because of an Eventbrite bug, you may get reminders for MiniMu glove competition)

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.

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 :