Libraries across Norfolk to host first ever ‘DigiFest’ for children and young people
30 January 2019
Children, young people and families have the chance to get hands-on with new creative technologies at libraries across Norfolk throughout February as part of DigiFest, a celebration of digital making for 4 to 16 year-olds.
Budding film makers can try their hand at stop motion workshops, artists can build automatic drawing robots, and for the younger children, 'Code-a-pillar’ toys will give them a chance to learn some early coding skills.
Teens who hope to follow in the footsteps of Norfolk YouTuber Tanya Burr will be scrambling to book a Vlogging workshop with BBC and Google freelancer Nat Hawley, who promises to teach young people how to present on camera with confidence.
Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Communities Committee, said: “It’s really important that there is this opportunity for children, young people and families to try something new and have a go at making something using digital tools. We know that not everyone has regular access to digital technology and that’s why we’ve made sure there will be an event at every library in Norfolk, so why not go along to your local library and try one of our fantastic DigiFest workshops.”
The festival launches on Saturday 2 February with an amazing 3D printing workshop at Gorleston and Swaffham libraries. Children aged 8-11 will be able to bring their imagination alive, designing and then printing their creation to take home, all for free.
There will also be a chance for aspiring coders to win prizes in a competition to design and build something fabulous powered by a Micro:bit. There are Micro:bit packs available to borrow free of charge from all libraries in Norfolk.
There's a range of digital events suitable for a variety of ages from 4 to 16 yrs. Book now or enter the competition by visiting the website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/digifest