Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Introducing FREE PatternCraft Schools Workshops

PatternCraft is an analogue to digital punchcard reader that teaches the fundamentals of programming and encoding data through the write once medium of a physical punched card. With links to binary and the computing curriculum as a whole, PatternCraft is a cross curricula tool that can be used for in the support of STEM activities and support soft skill development in areas of creativity, problem solving, team working and communication.

With the support of an Engineering Education Grant from The Institute of Engineering and Technology and The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, we have been developing a set of resources and lesson plans for PatternCraft that will be shared at the end of the award period. We are seeking 15 schools in the areas of Greater Manchester and Cheshire who may be interested in the opportunity to trial our new workshops for FREE.

Workshops will be delivered by STEM ambassadors incluidng creator of PatternCraft, Gemma May Latham (with full DBS certificate) and all equipment for sessions will be provided.

Image of PatternCraft Reader & Computer to make PatternBeats


We are offering 6 core workshops:


Binary Minecraft Animation

Explore how binary data is used to store images in the form of 0s and 1s use punchcards to

program 8×8 2D animation in Minecraft.
Encoding Data

Use punchcards to convert denary to binary numbers, encode and decode data using

Minecraft builds and write message on screen using nothing but punched holes.
Programming Turtles

Program a set of instructions for the movements of a Minecraft turtle simulation with

PatternCraft and explore how a stored program can be repeated.

Use binary to program machines, tempo and sounds in the creation of basic music

Build Infrared Detector circuit

Explore how the PatternCraft reader works by building infrared detectors using simple

components and electronic prototyping boards.
PatternCraft & 3D Printing

Use the PatternCraft punchcard reader and Minecraft to build 3D structures in layers and

understand how a 3D printer processes 3D files before printing.
Plus an additional offer for STEM clubs:
Engineer your own reader

Design and create a housing for infrared circuit that will allow for punchcards cards to be

read reliably.
Please see the attached document for further information about each workshop.
To book a workshop or discuss further please contact
Gemma May Latham