Children and young people experiencing virtual reality

Lab Central: the digital making space

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 try new technologies, learn programming and 3D modelling, experiment with virtual reality, circuits and robots, explore STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and much more

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The micro:bit is a pocket-sized micro-controller that has 25 LEDs that can flash messages and be used to create games and much more using block coding (overlaying Javascript) and Python. It is super easy to get started and now any adult or child from 8 yrs+ can borrow it for free from any Redbridge Library! Just remember to bring back you micro:bit on time to avoid paying any late return fines.

There are two programmable buttons to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. It has an accelerometer to detect motion and knows when you are in the move. Its built-in compass will knows in which direction you are heading, and you can use the Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the internet. 

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 or directly to a computer. 

 

Join us for a cultural Virtual Reality expedition around the world. Visit the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore their area, landscape, weather and much more.

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Tuesday 22 October

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Cost and Bookings: free, first come, first served (limited spaces)

IMPORTANT: This is a loosely supervised session and your child will be able to roam the library alone in the short break mid-session.

 

Join us for a workshop on finding out new ways of making your money go further!

We will be looking at strategies that everyone can use to monitor family budgets more effectively.

Topics covered:

  • I want it!
  • Do you need it?
  • Things that money can’t buy
  • Costing the earth
  • Save money on family expenditure?

Delivered by Redbridge Institute

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Wednesday 23 October

Time: 10am to midday

Cost and Bookings: free, book in advance at the library, also turn up on the day to see if there are any spare spaces. 

IMPORTANT: this is a family learning workshop with a maximum of two children per accompanying adult. Arrive promptly as otherwise your place will be given to someone on the waiting list. You will need to complete an enrolment form on the day. Courses are subject to a minimum number of enrolments and could be cancelled if recruitment is low.

 

Join us in this fabulous family workshop and introduction to the exciting world of 3D digital design!

Come and learn the basics - Have a go at using popular 3D Design software, see a 3D printer in action, 3D Scan your creations… These are some of the amazing things you will be trying out! Working together, you and your child will confidently be able to use 3D design software, 3D scan and 3D print a personal item.

Session is led by an expert tutor who is an industry professional. Come and be amazed at what the latest technology can do.

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Thursday 24 October

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Cost and Bookings: Free, book in advance at the library, also turn up on the day to see if there are any spare spaces. This is a family learning workshop with a maximum of two children per accompanying adult. Arrive promptly as otherwise your place will be given to someone on the waiting list.

 

Learn with your child to build a blooming flower robot by engineering together recycled materials and popular electronic components. You will be programming the micro:bit and tapping into its inputs and outputs to control an external motor. A jaw-dropping experience when you illuminate your flower with a light! No previous experience necessary.

If you can, please bring with you a big clean and used cardboard cup and other recycled materials of your choice to decorate the petals of your flower robot. 

This workshop is part of our “Reuse, Recycle...Robots” project supported by Carnegie Library Lab. Delivered by Redbridge Institute

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Friday 25 October

Time: 10am to 12midday

Cost and Bookings: free, book in advance at the library, also turn up on the day to see if there are any spare spaces. 

IMPORTANT: this is a family learning workshop with a maximum of two children per accompanying adult. Arrive promptly as otherwise your place will be given to someone on the waiting list. You will need to complete an enrolment form on the day. Courses are subject to a minimum number of enrolments and could be cancelled if recruitment is low.

 

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: Friday 18 October, Tuesday 12 Nov (in the children's library) and Friday 20 December, 3pm to 4pm

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

 

 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. 

Library Dates and times
Fullwell Cross Library Saturdays, term-time only, 10am to 11am and 1pm to 2pm
Gants Hill Library Saturdays, term-time only, 10am to 11am
Goodmayes Library Saturdays, term-time only, 9:45am to 10:45am
Redbridge Central Library Saturdays, term-time only, 10:15am to 11:15am
South Woodford Library
  • Saturdays, term-time only, 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Wednesdays, term-time only, 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Wanstead Library

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

 

  • Do you own a DSLR camera and want to know how to use it?
  • Do you leave it on auto and not understand the other settings?
  • Want to know what ‘Aperture’, ‘Shutter speed’ ‘ISO’ etc. is?
  • Want to learn basic Photoshop skills?

Come join our friendly group. We learn from each other in this informal group and share information, skills, and advise.

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Dates and times: Saturdays, 26 October (at Hub Central), 23 November, 21 December, 2pm to 4pm

Cost and bookings: Free, just turn up and bring your camera

 

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! We also encourage it to be a self-learning group with learning resources available to help. Please ensure you bring along your own laptop. 

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

 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central 

Date: Second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Time: 6pm to 7:30pm 

Cost and booking: Free, first come first served

 

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.

 

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