Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Children’s creative events in Crewe throughout the summer holidays

In August children in Crewe will be able to take part in a skills initiative which will develop their skills in design, printing, manufacturing and music.

image of electroincs and laptop

Cheshire East’s SHIFT digital activities programme has launched a new events initiative called ‘Make SHIFT Crewe’. This is in partnership with library services and Wavemaker, a community interest company based in Stoke.

There will be a string of eight two and a half hour events on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout August – starting on Tuesday 7 August and finishing on Thursday 30 August.

The initiative will be setting up their mobile digital laboratory so youngsters aged between five and 18 will be able to carry out a range of fun learning activities.

The ‘drop in’ sessions will also focus around working with animations, computer coding work and 3D printing as well as Minecraft.

Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for children to have fun and learn and develop their skills during their holidays. Parents are able to watch their children play and develop their creative skills and can get involved too!

“We are delighted to be able to provide this initiative which will be up to 20 hours of fun and creative learning activities in Crewe for youngsters throughout the month of August. We would like to thank Crewe Town Council for their continued support.”

The sessions will include:

Electronic orchestra

Using the Makey Makey devices, you will be able to demonstrate and discuss simple circuits and the differences between parallel and serial circuit design and functions, as well as switches. Participants will be able to create their own circuits to create their choice of music. Play a music masterpiece with fruit and play-doh!

Robot Coding challenge

This showcase will be a hands on introduction on what we need programming for and why it is an important skill for the future.

Participants will get to programme, control and navigate a spherical robot through a maze and set course – there is even a prize for the quickest time!

Intro to 3D Printing and Manufacture

These fun and engaging sessions focuses on 3D Design, printing and manufacture. A discussion and demonstration on current and future technologies will be followed by an opportunity for learners to get hands on with 3D design software and techniques. Using the Wavemaker iPads pre-loaded with 3D design apps and software participants are able to play and create some unique 3D pieces.

This was funded by Crewe Town Council .

The dates, times and are as follows:

Tuesday       7 August       10am-12.30pm         Wishing Well – Jubilee House, St. Paul’s Street, Crewe CW1 2QA

Thursday       9 August 1     10am-12.30pm         Bethany Centre, Limetree Avenue, Crewe CW1 4HZ

Tuesday       14 August     10am-12.30pm         St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall Corner of Bedford Street / Ernest Street (next to the Scout Hut), Crewe CW2 6JE

Thursday       16 August      1pm-3.30pm YMCA Fun Day        Derby Docks, Derby Street, Crewe CW1 3ER

Tuesday       21 August     10am-12.30pm         Wishing Well – Georges Community Centre   West Street, Crewe CW1 2QA

Thursday       23 August      1pm-3.30pm YMCA Fun Day        Derby Docks, Derby Street, Crewe CW1 3ER

Tuesday       28 August     10am-12.30pm Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Moss Square, Crewe CW1 2BB

Thursday       30 August      1pm-3.30pm YMCA Fun Day, Derby Docks, Derby Street, Crewe CW1 3ER

Download the poster here.