Children and young people experiencing virtual reality

Lab Central

Lab Central at Redbridge Central Library is the space to create, learn, collaborate and innovate with new technologies. People of all ages are invited to: discover and test new technologies, learn programming and designing skills, experiment with virtual reality, circuits and robots, explore STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and much more

 Make sure to check this page regularly for updates and bring your family and friends to enjoy learning new digital skills. To receive email updates on the events at Lab Central be sure to join our Meetup group

 

The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools. And now any adult or child from 8 yrs+ can borrow it for free from any Redbridge Library!

It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games as well as two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Create your very own code, compile your own script and let your imagination run wild. The possibilities are endless!

Visit the micro:bit website for projects, challenges and to even find out how to connect it with the micro:bit app for phones and tablets.

Remember to bring back you micro:bit on time to avoid paying any late return fines.

   

Code your own programme using Scratch Jnr - see your animation dance and come to life!

Scratch Jnr is a very unique but hands-on method for most children to learn the most basic level of coding - something that may give them new skills to develop their interests assisting learning in a really fun way. 

Parents/carers come and learn together with your children. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Saturday 20 April 

Time: 10am to midday 

Cost and bookings: FREE, book in advance at the library 

     

3D Printing software has come of age; much of it is versatile, flexible and easy to use and the same goes for 3D printers. This hands-on workshop is perfect for beginners interested in learning best practices to work with free 3D design software. 

You will learn to use 3D software to prepare a model for printing, a workflow with export formats, how to setup the printer and safety tips and requirements. 

You will print a basic 3D printable object. 

Please bring your own storage device (usb, sd card or portable hard-drive) to save your work. 

IMPORTANT: These sessions are free. if you cannot attend please let us know by email, library.information@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 020 8708 2414. This is so we can offer the space to someone else.  Please be respectful of the effort we are putting into delivering these events. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Thursday 25 April, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost and bookings: FREE, please book in advance on Eventbrite. Or turn up on the day for your chance to get a space if available.

 

A hands-on making workshop for children interested in learning the basics of robotics. You will use a BBC micro:bit to power your robot, and make it move by using a servor motor. By accessing the light sensors in the micro:bit the robot will move depending on the level of light in the room. Learn to programme the micro:bit with us using a tablet. 

IMPORTANT: These sessions are free. if you cannot attend please let us know by email, library.information@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 020 8708 2414. This is so we can offer the space to someone else.  Please be respectful of the effort we are putting into delivering these events. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Friday 26 April, 5:30pm to 7pm

Cost and bookings: Free, please book in advance on Eventbrite. 

 

This workshop is perfect for beginners in 3D modelling who wish to get to grips with freeform modelling and sculpting. Sculptris is a free form modelling program with texture painting and materials selection tools. You will learn how to Manipulate 3D and 2D Surfaces such as spheres, cube and flat planes.  Its features are easy to learn, even for someone with no experience in digital art, yet robust enough for designing organic and artistic objects.

Please bring your own storage device (usb, sd card or portable hard-drive) to save your work.

IMPORTANT: These sessions are free. if you cannot attend please let us know by email, library.information@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 020 8708 2414. This is so we can offer the space to someone else.  Please be respectful of the effort we are putting into delivering these events. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Thursday 2 May, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost and bookings: Free, please book in advance on Eventbrite. Or turn up on the day for your chance to get a space if available.

   

A workshop to get up to speed with the basics of SketchUp software. SketchUp is a parametric 3D modelling software for creating geometric 3D objects such as architectural models, scale models, interior design items and functional parts. You will learn to prepare the workspace and get started, draw basic 2D shapes, turn 2D shapes into a 3D object and use the tools to move, push, pull, cut, rotate, scale, copy and delete objects.

Please bring your own storage device (usb, sd card or portable hard-drive) to save your work.

IMPORTANT: These sessions are free. if you cannot attend please let us know by email, library.information@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 020 8708 2414. This is so we can offer the space to someone else.  Please be respectful of the effort we are putting into delivering these events. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Thursday 9 May, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Cost and bookings: Free, please book in advance on Eventbrite. Or turn up on the day for your chance to get a space if available.

  

A 2 session hands on workshop for comparing and assessing the best 3D software for any given task. A regular part of the 3D digital design workflow process, the main focus will be on establishing a baseline skill level in 3D modelling. This allows participants to understand and use parametric modelling tools (shapes & measurements) and free form modelling tools (moulding & shaping digital clay). After attending you will be able to make informed decisions on what is best for a specific task. Please bring your own storage device (usb, sd card or portable hard-drive) to save your work. 

IMPORTANT: These sessions are free. if you cannot attend please let us know by email, library.information@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 020 8708 2414. This is so we can offer the space to someone else.  Please be respectful of the effort we are putting into delivering these events. Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Thursdays 16 and 23 May 

Time: 4:30pm to 7:30pm (you need to attend both sessions) 

Cost and bookings:  FREE, please book in advance on Eventbrite. Or turn up on the day for your chance to get a space if available.

     

Take part in this practical hands-on activity to invent and put together a Bee Robot. Revamp recycling materials with super easy to use electronic components. With your child, give it a go at programming the BBC micro:bit, the most affordable computer, and learn to code it to control lights and motors. Be stunned by your own creation, a dancing bee robot within a beehive!

If you can, please bring with you a clean takeaway coffee cup and other recycling materials of your choice to decorate the body and wings of your bee robot. This workshop is part of our “Reuse, Recycle...Robots” project supported by Carnegie Library Lab. Delivered by OutputArts.

Suitable for children 8 to 11 plus a carer. Max of 2 children per carer. Please do not bring younger children with you and arrive 10 minutes before the session to secure your place. Although this event is non-refundable, let us know if you want to cancel it please, we will try to re-sell your ticket and give you a refund if we do so.

 

Venue: Fullwell Cross Library

Dates and times: Saturday 25 May, 1pm to 3pm

Cost and bookings: £3.50 per child, book your ticket on Eventbrite as spaces are limited or book at Fullwell Cross Library 

 

Come along to this hands-on session of basic programming with our cool Code-a-Pillars. By arranging and re-arranging the segments of the caterpillars your children will have fun while learning about directions, sequencing and problem-solving. An interactive session to give your child their first taste for coding.

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Dates and times: Third Friday of every month, term time only (starting in May), 11am to midday

Cost and bookings: Free, first come first served (limited spaces available)

 

CodeUp Ilford is a mentoring program for adults who would like to learn how to code for free. Once a month we provide a workspace for people with no programming skills to come and learn the basics, with mentors available to answer your questions and help you on your way.

Our sessions are also suitable for people with basic skills who need support to develop them, and even for people with intermediate or advanced skills who just want to come along to a space where everyone is immersed in code! Please ensure you bring along your own laptop. In case you are not able to bring a laptop,  we have a limited number to provide on a first come first serve basis.

We are also looking for mentors, please check our website for details on how to apply

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central 

Date: Second Wednesday of the month

Time: 6pm to 7:30pm 

Cost and booking: Free, first come first served

 

 With the support of tech volunteers, children will have the opportunity to learn the basics of coding with easy to follow step-by-step guides by making animations and games. The club is free but spaces are limited. Please book in advance with the library.

We are looking for volunteers with a tech background to help us run these sessions and encourage a new generation of young programmers. Please contact the libraries for details. 

Gants Hill Library

Saturdays, term-time only 

10am to 11am

Goodmayes Library

Saturdays, term-time only
9:45am to 10:45am

Fullwell Cross Library

Saturdays, term-time only 

10am to 11am

Redbridge Central Library

Saturdays, term-time only
10:15am to 11:15am 

Wanstead Library

Saturdays, term-time only
10am to 11am

 

Share your skills

A new generation of children are looking for people like you to show them the magic of experimenting with technology, making your own stuff and learning by doing and sharing.

If you are 14 years old plus, come and volunteer to help us deliver an engaging programme of tech activities at this newly created space. Get in contact by emailing library.information@visionrcl.org.uk  to let us know about your skills.

Use the space

We are in the process of buying equipment to kit this new space and make it as exciting as possible. We will have Raspberry Pi devices, virtual reality technology, digital animation software, robotics and electronics kits, and much more.

Let us know if you would like to run a group at Lab Central focusing on a technical field of your interest. Make us a proposal by emailing library.information@visionrcl.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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