Norfolk DigiFest

Codable caterpillars, robot unicorns, stop motion animation and digital music – just some of the exciting events coming to Norfolk Libraries in February 2019 as part of DigiFest: A celebration of digital making.

With events for children and young people aged 4-16 there is something to inspire every family.  Free workshops will be taking place in every Norfolk Library throughout February.  Join us to get hands-on with new and exciting tech, whether that’s simple coding for the under fives or building your own Scribblebot.

Want to take the fun home?  We’re looking for the best coders and inventors in Norfolk to take part in our Micro:bit challenge.  Borrow a Micro:bit from any Norfolk Library and get building.  The best creations will win a half-day session in a Norwich Gaming Café.

Find and follow events on social media by searching for the hashtag #DigiFestNfkLibs.

If you would like to book any of the events, just visit your local library or email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk with details of the activity you would like to book, the name and age of the child and a contact telephone number in case of queries.

Design and build something amazing with a Micro:bit for your chance to win a half-day gaming session at One Life Left Norwich gaming café.
Entries will be judged in 3 age categories 7-9 years/10-12 years/13-16 years.

To take part:

  • Borrow a Micro:bit from your local library
  • Visit www.microbit.org for some ideas or to get started
  • Create your invention
  • Take a photo or video, and describe your creation in 100 words or less, and send it to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk with your name and age by Saturday 2 March.

Terms and conditions:

  • The Micro:bit competition offers children and young people the chance to win vouchers for use at One Life Left gaming café. Entries will be judged by a panel and a prize will be awarded in each age category.
  • The competition is being run by Norfolk County Council.
  • The competition is open to all Norfolk library members (aged 7-16)
  • You can enter as many designs as you like.
  • Internet access is required to enter competitions.
  • Winners must provide a name and Norfolk address details.
  • The winners only will be notified.
  • Winning participants must claim their prize by the date given in correspondence, or they will forfeit their prize. In this scenario, an alternative winner will be selected.
  • The promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of similar value in the event of non-availability of the stated prize and if the prize, described above, cannot be awarded for reasons beyond the Promoter’s reasonable control.
  • The promoter reserves the right to release the name of winning entrants in any competitions or promotions run on these platforms.
  • Proof of identity may be required in order to claim the prizes.
  • The prize should be claimed within 28 days of notification of the winning entry.
  • The prize has no monetary value and cannot be exchanged for cash or alternative products.
  • All entries must be received by 2 March 2019. 

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Dates and time of events

  • Gaywood - 23 February, 10am-12.30pm
  • Thetford - 23 February, 2.30-5pm

An introduction to Soundtrap - a new, online music-making platform offering an intuitive gateway to producing, songwriting and recording.  Great workshop for beginners, and experienced music-makers who are interested in trying out a new digital audio workstation.  For young people aged 14 to 16.

Dates and time of events

  • North Walsham - 26 February,4-5.30pm (14-16 years)

Scribblebots are amazing robots that draw by themselves.  Join us to get hands on with batteries and motors to build a simple robot.  A great first experience of robotics for children aged 7-11, no previous experience needed.

Dates and time of events

  • Reepham - 18 February, 3-4.30pm
  • Wells - 20 February, 2pm-3.30pm - fully booked
  • North Walsham Library - 21 February, 10.45am to 12.15pm
  • North Walsham - 21 February, 2-3.30pm - fully booked
  • Swaffham - 26 February, 3.45-5.15pm - fully booked
  • Diss - 27 February, 3.30pm-5pm
  • Sheringham - 1 March, 4-5.30pm

Join us for a storytime with a difference: meet Codeapillar and learn some early coding skills.  Perfect for young digital explorers aged 4-6.  Children will enjoy a storytime and be able to control the early-years-friendly Code-a-pillar themselves.

Dates and time of events

  • Fakenham - 18 February, 11-11.45am
  • Brundall - 19 February, 11-11.45am
  • Hunstanton - 20 February, 2.30-3.15pm
  • Caister - 23 February, 2-2.45pm
  • Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - 26 February, 10.30–11.15am
  • Thetford - 27 February, 4-4.45pm

Use your craft and coding skills to build a unique robot unicorn!  Powered by a Micro:bit, use your coding skills to control the way the robot moves and lights up.  Recommended for children aged 9-12 with some Scratch coding experience.

Dates and time of events

  • King's Lynn - 16 February, 1-2pm
  • Hellesdon - 21 February, 11am-12.30pm - fully booked
  • Thetford - 22 February, 10.30am-12 noon - fully booked

Your chance to get hands-on with a real robot.  Can you code fast enough to stop him destroying the city? Children aged 6-9 – no coding experience required.  Children will learn two different ways to control the robot (Botley), get creative building a city, and work as a team to complete a challenge.

Dates and time of events

  • Acle -18 February, 11am-12.30pm
  • Hethersett - 20 February, 2-3.30pm - fully booked
  • Sprowston - 20 February, 10.30am-12 noon
  • Gaywood - 21 February, 10.30am-12 noon
  • Thetford - 26 February, 4-5.30pm
  • Cromer - 26 February, 4-5.30pm
  • Wroxham -2 March, 1-2.30pm - fully booked

Digital creativity for children aged 8-11.  Use a digital app to make your own animated film featuring Lego figures.  No experience needed.  We’ll be using tablets with pre-loaded apps, no need to bring your own device.

Dates and time of events

  • Blofield -18 February, 3.30-5pm - fully booked
  • Stalham - 19 February, 2-3.30pm - fully booked
  • Watton - 28 February, 3.30-5pm - fully booked

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