Library’s focus on digital skills
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 March 2016
Enthusiastic students from two Lowestoft high schools have been part of a series of exciting sessions that were held as part of an inaugural roadshow.
The first-ever Suffolk Libraries Digital Roadshow visited the town’s library, with year-seven pupils from East Point Academy and Pakefield High School joining in the fun.
A Suffolk Libraries spokesman said: “The pupils took part in a series of exciting sessions to learn new skills in 3D printing, basic coding and even built a computer.”
For the 3D printing, the intrepid youngsters used Google Chromebooks to create their designs before watching on in amazement as they were created on the 3D printer.
“Pupils were soon creating some amazing models including some protective cases for their smartphones,” the spokesman added.
“It was a great way to express their creativity by using technology.”
With the Kano Computer Kit described as a “small but powerful computer with a difference,” the pupils had to build it first, before they colud use it.
“Working in a small team the pupils had to put the components together before crossing their fingers and pressing the ‘on’ button,” the spokesman said. “They were then able to use some of the preloaded Kano apps and take part in some Minecraft coding.”
The final session looked at a coding website linked to the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign. Using the free ‘Hour of Code’ from Code.org pupils worked independently to program droids, build a Minecraft world and even create their own Flappy Bird game.
And with positive feedback about the roadshow from the young people, one pupil said: “I really enjoyed today because I learnt something new and had fun” Another added that they “would really like to get my own 3D printer to do stuff with!”
Pupils also had a tour of the library, took over the @SuffolkLibrary twitter account, activated their new Beyond the Book library card and borrowed some books.
The Digital Roadshow was made possible through a successful bid by Suffolk Libraries to the Arts Council’s Making the Most of WIFI grant.
It is hoped that Suffolk Libraries will be able to offer more digital roadshow days to schools across the county in the coming months.
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