Makersphere 2016: A Review

Most people would be forgiven for thinking that a Raspberry Pi was something you serve up with cream and that Codebug, Scratch and Microbit sound like cartoon characters. These names are probably not part of many people’s everyday vocabulary, but it is something that primary and secondary children are becoming more and more familiar with as they are all types of devices that can be used to teach Computer Science. On Saturday the 18th June 2016 members of the local tech community along with staff and parents from St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School Penwortham, opened their school doors and invited people back to school for a free digital event called Makersphere.

Over 350 people attended the day and participated in 6 hours of back to back workshops in 12 rooms catering for all ages and abilities. Workshops included creating your own digital pet using the same technology that astronaut Tim Peake had used aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Wearable technologies were the must-see event with children creating illuminated bags or pencil cases by sewing with conductive thread. Children also used fruit as a form of input with Codebug, learnt how to take control of a Minecraft world with code and created huge buttons for a Giant reaction race. The children even had the chance to learn about robotics and step into virtual reality.

The day was a great success and has spearheaded an increased interest in Computing and creativity in the classroom. Children and adults left with a number of ideas and resources to help them take the next step into a brave new world where they will shape the future with inventions and ideas based on these pocket money devices.

Due to the success of last years event, we are bringing back Makersphere back for a second year. Watch out for more information about tickets and other things on this website!