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:
- Wymondham Library – Saturday 10 February 2.30-4pm - call 01953 603319 to book
- Dersingham Library - Monday 12 February, 10.30am-12pm - call 01485 540181 to book
- Caister Library - Monday 12 February, 1-2pm - call 01493 720594 to book
- Downham Market Library - Monday 12 February, 2-3.30pm - call 01366 383073 to book
- Watton Library – Monday 12 February 2-4pm - call 01953 881671 to book
- Attleborough Library – Monday 12 February, 3.15-4.45pm - call 01953 452319 to book
- Thetford Library – Tuesday 13 February 10.30am-12pm - call 01842 752048 to book
- Gorleston Library – Wednesday 14 February 10.30-11.30am - call 01493 662156 to book
- Gaywood Library - Wednesday 14 February, 10-11.30am - call 01553 768498 to book
- Reepham Library – Wednesday 14 February 2.30-4pm call 01603 870474 to book
- Hunstanton Library - Thursday 15 February, 1.30-3pm - call 01485 532280 to book
- Loddon Library – Thursday 15 February, 2.30-4pm - call 01508 520678 to book
- Cromer Library – Thursday 15 February, 14:00 - 15:30 (call 01263 512850 to book)
- Acle Library - Friday 16 February, 12.30- 2pm - call 01493 750693 to book
- King's Lynn Library - Saturday 17 February, 10.30am-12pm - call 01553 761393 to book
- Great Yarmouth Library – Saturday 17 February, 10:00 - 11:00 (call 01493 844551 to book)
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
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.