On April 29th as part of the tech strand of Leeds International Festival Playful Anywhere were commissioned to put together a day of arts, tech and imagination to inspire the next generation of inventors, makers & technologists. We were delighted to bring together a wonderful range of facilitators from across the UK to create a magical environment of playful, curiousity and creativity. As with all our creative tech events we blended elements of cardboard and code to stimulate young minds, and as usual we were happy to see parents and grand parents equally engrossed.
The event was fully booked and we met over 700 people during our day at the splendid Leeds City Museum
Many thanks to our amazing facilitators and to host Leeds Museum, Child Friendly Leeds, and 100% Digital Leeds
Leeds BID, Kingston Unity, Rabbit Hole Creative, Greyhound Boxes, Fred Aldous & Awesome Merchandise
Were already hatching plans for more Make Believe in 2017 and 2018 but in the meantime if you are interested in arts/tech/making here is a list of groups, places and online resources to tap into.
- Leeds Hackspace https://leedshackspace.org.uk/
- Leeds Raspberry Jam meets up at Swallowhill Community College, Armley, every first Wednesday 6pm
- STEM@Leeds University: http://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/
- Leeds UTC: http://www.utcleeds.com/
- Scrap Leeds: http://www.scrapstuff.co.uk/
- STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from STEM industries who offer their time to schools and youth groups: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-
- The Smallpiece Trust run free STEM career days for schools and young people: https://www.smallpeicetrust.
- Search for public Code Clubs for 9-11 year olds here or set up a club here: https://www.codeclub.org.uk
- 13-15 year olds can register as a Raspberry Pioneer here https://www.raspberrypi.org/
pioneers/ or take a look at the Digital Making Curriculum for ideas/resources https://www.raspberrypi.org/ curriculum/
- Johnson and Johnson Careers: http://www.careers.jnj.com/
- FabLab Airedale: https://www.facebook.com/
- Instructables: http://www.instructables.com
- Pimoroni: https://shop.pimoroni.com
- Kitronik: https://www.kitronik.co.uk
- Technology will Save Us: https://www.techwillsaveus.com
- Adafruit: https://www.adafruit.com/
For more pictures from our Make Believe Photo Booth check out our Facebook Page