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Make Believe – Imagining the Tech of the Future


We’re delighted that the first Make Believe – Imagining the Technology of the Future event is fully booked.

We’re hosting it at Leeds Museums as part of Leeds International Festival. 

There are four zones: Make, Invent, Code and Play.

We’re delighted to be joined on the day by the following people

The Crafty Robot – Ross Atkin @CraftyRobot
The Crafty Robot allows anyone to invent their own robot, using cheap and readily available materials like card, packaging or even food. Robots are based on the Fizzbit, a reusable robot engine that charges from USB and causes them to move around to battle, race or just strut their stuff. Free to download paper robot designs and building ideas are available, along with robot kits, from


The Pi Zone – Claire Garside @cgarside
The Pi Zone will be a space where young people can learn from doing and hopefully facilitate those ‘eureka moments’ in the innovation process. We aim to inspire these digital creators to become future innovators, and gain a greater understanding of tech now and in the future; rather than just using it. They’ll be supported to design, build and test projects and build confidence to recognise that they’ll learn as much from their failures as their successes. Visit the Pi Zone to make, learn, share, tinker and invent together at the Raspberry Jam. Everybody’s welcome to come along and find out more about the inventive wonders of Raspberry Pi.

PatternCraft – Gemma May Latham @gemmamaylatham
PatternCraft is an analogue to digital punchcard reader that teaches the fundamentals of programming and encoding data through the write once medium of a physical punched card. Created by digital artist Gemma May Latham and STEM ambassador David Whale, PatternCraft has been tested by thousands of families at Maker Faires and STEAM events. Featured in the Raspberry Pi blog and coined as ‘coding with hammers’, 2017 and Make Believe sees the launch of a new peaceful version whilst retaining the hole punching fun. Join Gemma to explore how punchcards can be used to program Minecraft, create secret messages and even compose music.

pattern craft

Ohbot @OhbotRobot
Ohbot is a robot head which can be programmed by children to talk, move and interact with the world using a block based programming language that’s similar to Scratch. Ohbot is developed and manufactured in Stroud, Gloucestershire and there are now over a thousand of them in schools and homes around the world. For Make Believe the team will bring a set of Ohbots and will be encouraging anyone who comes along to have a go at programming and see what they can make Ohbot do.


Scrap @scrapleeds
Scrap Centre of Creative Reuse Arts and Play is a social enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as arts materials. Our mill store in Farsley is full to the brim with all types of fantastic stuff! We also run workshops based around Creative Reuse and Play. At Make Believe, Scrap’s in house Tinkerers Kat Yore and Shayne Hall will be taking apart broken, old, unloved machinery in their pop up tinker lab. They need you to bring them back to life by building a wonderful new invention, exploring what the future might look like for those of us lucky enough to still be around, after the rise of the machines!

Lego Mindstorms – Dan Toms (CAS) @danieltoms
CAS is a grass-roots organisation that organises free CPD through their teaching and learning hubs and supports a growing number of Master Teachers to champion the subject in schools.
The rapid increase in the usefulness of Robots’ will lead to a future where human labour is no longer required. Until then, join Dan for a frantic 20 min of robotic fun. Build a killer robot using Lego Mindstorms and watch it compete on the track and in the ring; Humans Need not apply.

Adam Clarke aka Wizard Keen @thecommonpeople
Adam Clarke is an artist and digital producer, and is also known as Wizard Keen (in the world of Minecraft), one of the starts of Stampy Long Nose’s Wonder Quest show. Through Wonder Quest and the creation of some of the most innovative Minecraft maps out there, Adam proves that video games are the perfect tool to educate about empathy and solve societal problems.
At Make Believe, Adam will be playing with conductive paint, Minecraft Swords and Makey Makey to show how tech can be used to connect the physical and digital worlds.

NettyPlays @Nettyplays & Tomohawk @tomohawk1989
Netty Plays and Tomohawk are gamers and Youtube stars, with over 300,000 subscribers between them! Their channels are filled to the brim with Minecraft livestreams and challenges, and regularly receive hundreds of thousands of views. Netty and Tom will be hosting our Minecraft Cafe, helping visitors to build new inventions in Minecraft.

Grimm & Co @GrimmAndCo
Grimm & Co, changing lives one story at a time. We are a literacy charity for children and young people aged 7 – 18. We take fun seriously and aim to motivate children to write, unleash their talents and build confidence. We champion the writer in every child and help children to ignite their imaginations. At Make Believe Grimm & Co be helping visitors to ‘unthink’ the world around them. In a world where we need to fuse the need to be more inventive with a need for ‘upcycling’ we’ll explore the repurposing of objects for new uses of the future, creating a ‘Big Book of Brainwaves and Ingenuities’ + a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ – a culmination of ideas gathered around the event.

DePuy Synthes
The DePuy Synthes Companies offer the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neuro, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. At Make Believe we’ll be 3D printing a model of a jaw to show how 3D printing works and how it can be used to diagnose patients as well as build implants. The team will also be running an arthroscopic surgery simulation which shows how hard it can be to perform surgeries and how mobile phones may be used in the future.

Code Club @codeclub
At Code Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. We support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for children aged 9-11 to build and share their ideas, learning along the way. Ever wanted an orchestra of instruments but can’t afford much more than a recorder? Code Club will show you how to use your computer and some bananas to create a customisable piano! If music isn’t your thing, rebel against the Snapchat filters that make anyone look and good come to their diy Photo Booth to try on some digital silly hats & hair-styles. You can even tweet your photo to share with friends!

Catherine Jones @m_fkill
Catherine Jones is a creative engineer, digital artist, lover of LEDs, making things with code, computers and machines. At Make Believe Catherine will be making simple LED circuits made with conductive and insulating dough and Aluminium foil. Join her to try making traditional circuits in three dimensions!

Pimoroni @pimoroni
Pimoroni design, manufacture, and sell friendly products for Makers, Educators and Creatives. We make tech treasure for tinkerers. If you want to learn about electronics, we’ll help you to start. We are on a mission to make electronics attractive, to spread knowledge, fun, and ideas. At Make Believe Pimoroni will have kit for sale that might help you and your young Makers imagine what the future of technology might look like.

MicroBit @microbit_edu

The BBC Micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, which was given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK in 2016.

Lucy Barker @BucyLarker
Lucy is an artist, creative producer and facilitator who works across lots of disciplines including film and animation. At Make Believe Lucy will invite young inventors to create stop motion animations to bring their ideas to life!

Les Pounder @bigles

Les is a maker and hacker who loves nothing more than taking apart electronics, toys and computers to build inventions. At Make Believe Les will encourage people to create a time machine that will take them to the Leeds of tomorrow using a Raspberry Pi! What will the future of Leeds look like?


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