A Group meets regularly, perhaps once or twice a week. Groups work well for school- or club-based teams that can meet at a regular time for an hour or two a week. During the sessions, Mentors and team member discuss how it’s going, get some advice to overcome any encountered issues, and maybe learn a new skill they need to progress. While you’ll provide enough structure and hands-on help in the meetups to enable teams to complete an entry, the best entries are ones that are also worked on by participants between the weekly sessions.

Every team needs a mentor. We welcome mentors from all walks of life. We’re here to support you and help you do a great job. Mentors must be aged over 18, based in the UK, and sensible. Mentors don’t have to be a digital making genius, but do need to be willing to learn and help the teams find the answers they need.

We’ve got help with each stage of the process, and have an online discussion forum and monthly video hangouts to help you. Comprehensive information can be found in our Mentor Guide Ideas start here.

The Pioneers experience

  • Theme announced
  • Go crazy with ideas
  • Design and develop something epic
  • Reflect on making/what did we learn?
  • Make cool video
  • Submit cool video
  • Celebrate your awesomeness!

Pioneers is all about sharing. We want you to share what you’re making on whatever social media platform works for you, using the hashtag #MakeYourIdeas. We’ll be watching for the most interesting projects, and giving you online love and support.

To give you a to start is to look at the Pioneers Cycle One Winners. And the theme page can give you loads of ideas too.