Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Digital Inspiration for Kids this Whit Half Term

SHIFT clicks into action for families once again over the Whit holidays from Tuesday 30 May with a free, hands-on programme designed to inspire little people with big ideas and digital dreams.

Cheshire East’s borough-wide programme celebrating digital arts and tech in 2017 and beyond features hands-on activities, from exhibitions, installations and workshops to talks, tech meet ups and pop-up maker stations throughout the year – SHIFT is bursting full of inspiring and creative things to do, see, create and experience for novices and professionals alike, of all ages and abilities.  Whether you’re a code loving kid, a techie beginner or whizz, a family in search of something new or even a digital pro making the next award-winning app – these forthcoming events offer something for all across the region.

All the events are free, but advance booking via the venue is advisable as places are limited.

Tuesday 30 May: Patterncraft

Congleton Library, Market Square, Congleton CW12 1ET

10am-12noon / 1pm-3pm
Recommended for Age 7+

Get Digital this Half Term with the SHIFT programme, with a focus of hands on digital making activities introducing new technologies to young Cheshire East makers and their families.

Come along and create an 8 x 8 punchcard design. Feed your card into the reader and by the magic of Python code, converting the physical holes into binary files of 0’s and 1’s, build it on a Minecraft Map.

Family Drop In activity from 10am–12 noon & 1pm-3pm.

Call to book 01260 375550 to be sure of a place or drop in on the day – limited availability


(this image is of a bracelet – we made those last time but we’ll be making Superhero Masks this time using similar tech)

Wednesday 31 May: Superhero Sewable Circuits

Electric Picturehouse, Cross Street, Congleton CW12 1HQ

10am-12noon / 1pm-3pm
Recommended for Age 7+

Come along to the Electric Picturehouse and make your own light up super hero mask. Learn the basics of e-textile sewable circuits and stitch light up LEDs onto felt to customise and create your own design.

Ages 7+ FREE Places limited – to book call  01260 270908



picture of Micro:bit circuit board with LEDs flashing
Thursday 1 June: Interactive LED art (BBC Micro:bit)

Holmes Chapel Library, London Road, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7AP

10am-12noon / 1pm-3pm
Recommended for Age 7+

Get your LEDs flashing and learn to program the Micro:bit LED display to create interactive bitmap art that responds to movement and button presses.

You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!

In this interactive workshop you’ll have fun learning basic computing and code and sharing your creations!

Places are free but advance booking is essential via the library: 01477 689550