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Norfolk DigiFest 2020

Norfolk Digifest 2020 took place in February – there are currently no events running.

Take part in Norfolk Library’s Festival of digital creativity!

Join us to get hands-on with a host of new and inspiring tech, enabling children to try their hand at 3D creation, building racing inchworm robots, writing choose-your-own adventures – and much more.

With workshops for children and young people aged 4-14 there is something to inspire every family.

All events are free – but spaces are limited, so book your place in advance. Ask at your local library or email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for a storytime with a difference: meet Codeapillar and learn some early coding skills.  Perfect for young digital explorers aged 4-6. 

Dates and time of events

Meet a T-rex face to face with virtual reality! Try out VR and see dinosaurs like you’ve never seen them before. Recommended for ages 4-9.

If your child experiences seizures please check with your doctor before using virtual reality.

Dates and times of events

A storytime with a digital difference! Enjoy a story and then take a turn helping the mouse find its cheese. A perfect introduction to coding for children aged 5-7.

Dates and times of events

  • Great Yarmouth Library - 15 February, 11am-12 noon
  • Gorleston Library - 18 February 1- 2pm
  • St Williams Way Library - 20 February 2.30-3.30pm - Fully booked
  • Earlham Library - 21 February 3-4pm - Fully booked
  • Sheringham Library - 21 February 3.30-4.30pm

Your chance to get hands-on with a real robot. Can you code fast enough to capture the aliens and avoid the asteroids? Recommended for children aged 6-9 – no coding experience required.

Dates and times of events

  • Mundesley Library - 18 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • Loddon Library - 20 February, 3.30-5pm

Build your own amazing creation with fabulous new 3D pens: like a 3D printer in your hand! Using plant-based plastic, your creation will be fully biodegradable. Recommended for children aged 8+. No experience needed: Beginners welcome.

Dates and times of events

Try your hand at stop motion film making. Make your own amazing Lego film. Recommended for children aged 8-11. No experience needed: Beginners welcome.

Dates and times of events

  • Wroxham Library - 1 February 11am-12.30pm - Fully booked
  • Plumstead Road Library - 4 February, 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Diss Library - 7 February 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Hellesdon Library - 12 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • West Earlham Library - 13 February, 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - 19 February, 11-12.30pm - Fully booked
  • Wymondham Library - 20 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • Brundall Library - 20 February, 4.30-6pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Swaffham Library - 29 February, 2- 3.30pm - Fully booked

Code and craft your own brilliant racing inchworm. Join us to get hands on with batteries and motors: a great first experience of robotics. Best for children aged 8-11: no previous experience required.

Dates and times of events

  • Blofield Library - 5 February, 3.45-5.15pm - Fully booked
  • Sprowston Library - 8 February, 2-3.30pm - Fully booked
  • Reepham Library - 12 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • Downham Market Library - 19 February, 5-6.30pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Hethersett Library - 20 February 2-3.30pm - Fully booked
  • Watton Library - 26 February 3.45-5.15pm

Join us for an hour of races, team games and battles featuring brilliant, light up, indestructible codeable robots. Best for children aged 9-13. No coding experience necessary.

Dates and times of events

  • Yarmouth Library - 17 February, 11.15am - 12.15pm
  • Wymondham Library - 17 February, 3.30-4.30pm - Fully booked
  • Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - 18 February, 11.15am - 12.15pm - Fully booked
  • Cromer Library - 18 February, 3.30-4.30pm - Fully booked
  • King's Lynn Library - 19 February, 11.15am - 12.15pm - Fully booked
  • Dereham Library - 19 February, 3.30-4.30pm - Fully booked

Join us for some gaming fun, a very silly introduction to html coding and meet some adorable digital kittens along the way. Best for children aged 9-12, no experience of coding necessary.

Dates and times of events

  • North Walsham Library - 13 February, 4-5pm - Fully booked
  • Taverham Library - 18 February, 2-3.00pm - Fully booked
  • Sprowston Library - 19 February, 11am-12 noon - Fully booked
  • Great Yarmouth - 20 February, 11am to 12 noon - Limited spaces available
  • Gaywood Library - 21 February, 11.30am-12.30pm - Fully booked
  • Downham Market Library -  21 February, 5-6pm
  • Swaffham Library - 25 February, 4-5pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Martham Library - 28 February, 4.30-5.30pm

Zombies, pirates or unicorns, how will your adventure unfold? Write and code the interactive choose-your-own adventure of your dreams. Best for children aged 9-12.

Dates and times of events

  • North Walsham Library - 13 February 4-5.30pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Caister Library - 17 February, 2.30-3.30pm - Fully booked
  • Costessey Library - 17 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • St Williams Way Library - 18 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully  booked
  • Brundall Library - 18 February, 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Mile Cross Library - 18 February, 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Hunstanton Library - 19 February, 1-2.30pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - 19 February, 2-3.30pm - Fully booked
  • Gorleston Library - 19 February, 2.30-4pm
  • Taverham Library - 20 February, 12 noon-1.30pm - Fully booked
  • Gaywood Library - 20 February, 2-3.30pm - Limited spaces remaining
  • Dereham Library - 20 February, 3.30-5pm - Fully booked
  • Plumstead Road Library - 20 February, 4-5.30pm - Fully booked
  • Attleborough Library - 22 February 3.45-5.15pm - Fully booked
  • Aylsham Library - 25 February, 3.30-5pm - Limited spaces remaining

We’re working with SENsational Families to provide some additional sessions which are exclusively for families of children with additional needs. Of course, all families are welcome at all DigiFest sessions, and we are offering these extra sessions to give families of children with additional needs extra choice. You’re welcome to bring siblings along, and we’d ask you to stay with your children in the library. All of the sessions (except at Sheringham Library) are in separate spaces away from the main library, noise isn’t a problem! You can book these sessions in your local library or by emailing iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk The ages ranges that we have suggested are a guide, you know your child best -  please book the sessions you think they would enjoy.

You can find more information on everything that is happening for digifest at www.norfolk.gov.uk/digifest

Coder Robot: meet Botley

Your chance to get hands-on with a real robot Can you code fast enough to capture the aliens and avoid the asteroids? Recommended for children aged 6-9 – no coding experience required. The session involves a robot which makes some soft but unpredictable noises, working in teams and turn-taking.

Stop Motion Film making

Try your hand at stop motion film making. Make your own amazing Lego film. Recommended for children aged 8-11. No experience needed: Beginners welcome. The session uses the camera function on an Ipad, Lego, and cutting out some paper shapes with scissors.

Codeapillar

Join us for a storytime with a difference: Meet Code-a-pillar and learn some early coding skills. Recommended for young digital explorers aged 4-6. This event includes an early-years toy with flashing lights and loud noises, and will involve turn-taking.

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