Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Digital Inspiration for Kids this Easter

SHIFT clicks into action for families once again over the Easter holidays from Friday 7 April 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.

picture of Minecraft world
Friday 7 April: Animations in Minecraft

Sandbach Library, The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ
10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm // 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm
Recommended for ages 5+

Already a Minecraft expert? Or just starting out…? Come along to combine coding, making and tech to create 8-bit animations in Minecraft using physical punchcards, powered by PatternCraft.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this free and interactive workshop you’ll learn basic computing and code, and have fun!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01270 375355

 

picture of Micro:bit circuit board with LEDs flashing
Saturday 8 April: Interactive LED art (BBC Micro:bit)

Sandbach Library, The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ
10am-12noon
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 advisable via the library: 01270 375355
Both of these SHIFT events at Sandbach Library are part of the BBC Get Creative Weekend 7-9 April

Get Creative Weekend returns bigger and better for 2017 with even more people across Britain set to take part in three days of good old fashioned ‘have a go’ creativity. Whether it’s paper sculpting, pot-throwing, cross-stitching, harmony singing, joke-telling or robot-building, from 7 – 9 April 2017 there will be an event near you to help you unleash your inner Adele, Banksy, Monet or Rankin.

 

picture of Minecraft world
Monday 10 April: Animations in Minecraft

Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3ES
10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm // 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm
Recommended for ages 5+

Already a Minecraft expert? Or just starting out…? Come along to combine coding, making and tech to create 8-bit animations in Minecraft using physical punchcards, powered by PatternCraft.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this free and interactive workshop you’ll learn basic computing and code, and have fun!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01625 378272

 

Image of PatternCraft Reader & Computer to make PatternBeats
Thursday 13 April: PatternBeats

Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth SK9 3ES
10am-11am / 11.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-2pm / 2.30-3.30pm
Recommended for ages 5+

Use the PatternCraft punchcard reader to program machines, tempo and sounds and create a basic music composition.

Use binary to compose your own sounds & beats using a PatternCraft punchcard reader with its creator Gemma May Latham.

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader.

In this interactive workshop you’ll enjoy learn basic computing and code to make music your way!

Places are free but advance booking is advisable via the library: 01625 378272