Explore the world of micro:bits and learn how to make games with coding ‘jams’ at Norfolk libraries

08 February 2018

Children across the county can improve their digital skills and learn how to create their own games with fun new events at Norfolk libraries this February half-term.

The sessions will allow children to use pocket-sized, codeable computers called micro:bits to create anything from games to robots and musical instruments.

The events are aimed at young people aged 10-12 and will have staff and volunteers on hand to help at the following libraries, booking essential:

If people cannot attend any of the events, the BBC micro:bits are available to hire for free from every Norfolk County Council library.  They can be borrowed for up to three weeks using any library card and come with instructions, a USB cable and battery holder.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said:  “These half-term events are great opportunities for children to learn about coding and improve their digital skills for the future.  Having volunteers and staff there to help means children can get a great head start on using maths and technology in really interesting and creative ways.”

The micro:bits can be programmed via any desktop or laptop computer and can also be used with mobile phones or tablets using Bluetooth technology.  The devices have built-in displays, buttons, motion detection and temperature and light sensors.

More details about borrowing micro:bits from the libraries can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/microbits

All 520 were donated by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation as part of a worldwide drive to encourage children to get creative with technology and gain digital skills in clubs, schools and at home. Coding can be done using a choice of editors, including Python and JavaScript Blocks.

Norfolk Library and Information Service also offers a range of digital services, including ebooks and audio books that can be borrowed online for up to three weeks and emagazines for download.

The libraries' IConnect digital programme offers friendly support using computers and mobile tablets or smartphones, whether you need to search for a job, keep in touch with friends and family or learn how to save money by shopping around online.

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