What's the Story?
A passion for making.
My name is Llewelyn Fernandes. By training and profession I am a computer scientist. I am also what is commonly called these days a "maker". I make things. I enjoy making things. I have a passion for making things. I need to make things! And through that making I have learnt far more than I ever learnt in a classroom. By forming Think Create Learn my aim is to bring a making-based approach to learning to my students, making learning fun, creative, interactive, productive and ultimately successful.
I gained a degree in Computer Science from Brunel University in 1989 and spent 28 years building a very successful career in software development and consultancy. From my initial job, writing low-level code for printer drivers, to my most recent job working for a global IT services company specialising in business intelligence solutions, I've worked with many organisations, from small charities to large corporate household names. As part of my role I've enjoyed the opportunity to mentor and train a number of colleagues.
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and work with schools in addition to providing private education services.
Whilst working at the cutting-edge on big projects with big companies was very exciting, working in a senior management role took me away from the day-to-day hands-on activity that got me into computer programming and other forms of making when I was a teenager. Occasionally in my management role I would find an opportunity to get stuck into a little bit of programming or design work which would re-invigorate my passion for a brief moment, before I'd have to hand the work over to a younger colleague to complete. Moving into teaching hits two of my "happy" buttons. Firstly I can get back to the nuts-and-bolts of programming and making from scratch. Secondly, I can get the immense satisfaction of passing on my knowledge and experience to the enthusiastic individuals who will become the programmers, computer engineers and makers of the future.