Children and adults using tech equipment in the library

Tech Ilford 2019

On Saturday 15 June @ Redbridge Central Library & Museum

Redbridge Central Library & Museum are once again hosting the annual tech festival for makers and tinkerers in the borough. A full day of activities and workshops for people of all ages that want to experiment with technology and making. No previous experience necessary, just a curious mind and a willingness to give it a go. Totally unmissable!

Tech Ilford runs all day during opening hours. Staff and volunteers will stop activities for their lunch break and we will wind down at 4pm. All the activities are free and you do not need to book in advance, just drop in.

Coding for toddlers, 3-6 yrs

A hands-on opportunity for the smaller members of the family to learn mini-programming skills by using a Code-a-Pillar. This cute robot has straight, left and right segments that can be arranged to move the caterpillar accordingly. Set up an obstacle course and let your toddler try to reach the target.

Maths in the museum, 5-11 yrs

Take part in this fun family trail around Redbridge Museum and explore the history of the borough through numbers, shapes, money, time and more!

Wiggle drawing bots, 4-7 yrs (with supervision) and 8 yrs+

A fun hands-on activity for all the members of the family to create motorized contractions that draw random patterns. Learn about motors and how by making them to be out-of-balance you can build a robot that jiggles across the page to create amazing scribbles.

Robo arm, 4-7 yrs (with supervision) and 8 yrs+

Join us to reverse engineer an human arm to build a mechanical version that you can wear and operate with your own hand. Strings will act as muscles, cardboard will be the bones and straws will mimic tendons to guide the direction of the pull.

Newspaper STIXX engineering, 4-7 yrs (with supervision) and 8 yrs+

Newspaper is probably not the first material you would use to build a structure with, but come by and sit on, adults included, a giant chair made from newspaper. Think of a book character, such as Harry Potter then using your creative and innovative skills construct, out of newspaper, an object for that character such as a magic wand or a sign of the deathly hallows which you keep. Delivered by STEM in Schools.

Creating games and worlds, 8 yrs+

Adults and children of all ages from 7 upwards can learn programming skills by creating worlds and games using Scratch, Kodu and Roblox. All of these applications introduce users to programming concepts and enable users to build games and game worlds that can be shared and played by others. Visitors will also be able to try out other game and world creation tools. Children and parents will also be encouraged to use the Interland games for guidance about being safe and responsible Internet citizens. Delivered by Gavin Sealey (Netstorms Limited). 

Cardboard automata, 4-7 yrs (with supervision) and 8 yrs+

Get busy creating a cool mechanical toy that moves and decorate it to make it super special. Discover how to put together machine elements such as cams, levers and linkages in a playful way.   A mechanical engineering activity perfect for kids that want to discover how things work to become the inventors of tomorrow.

Imagine a 3D, illustrated or makercraft alien, 8 yrs+

Space scientists, exobiologists and astronomers have speculated that there are billions upon billions of stars in all the galaxies in the universe. Will we find aliens on our eventual journeys to some of them? This is your opportunity to imagine and create the look of an alien that would have evolved on other planets. How would they look if their planet has heavy or low gravity? Design your own alien using makercraft materials, drawing materials or 3D design software. Please bring your own storage media to save your digital aliens.

VR playground, 11 yrs+

11am to 4:30pm, Ilford Town Centre IG1 1LL

VR Playground is the latest ride experiment by the world's first Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker and his Thrill Laboratory.

Scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel; leap tall structures in a single bound; and undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss – don a virtual reality headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported on an exhilarating swing-powered adventure!

In VR Playground, Professor Walker propels you through a series of colourful abstract virtual worlds, each driven by the action of your swinging within a cubic structure. He has crafted moments of wonder, awe and trepidation to elicit unexpected emotions, which you inadvertently perform to onlookers, many of whom are queuing for the ride themselves, curious to discover the secrets of these hidden worlds.

VR Playground is commissioned by Horizon Digital Economy Research, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, and Without Walls. It is supported by Arts Council England and produced by Thrill Laboratory, Horizon Digital Economy Research, and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Litter things matter, families

Meet Busta and his gang to hear about all the problems plastics are causing our planet. 

  • You will have an opportunity to do a litter cleanup and get a prize for your planet protecting contribution. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Draw your favourite land or sea creature and write a message about how litter affects people, creatures on land or in the sea.
  • We will show you how to decorate your picture using a basic circuit to light it up and make it look totally amazing!

(All equipment and materials will be provided).


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