This page gives an overview of our current workshops and activities. It starts with our more structured workshops and the second part of the page describes some of our drop-in activities and installations.
Upcoming Public Workshops
We are running some workshops for home educating families starting in October 2021.
- Age Range - 10-14
- Dates: Mondays starting November 1st till 13th December
- Cost per course - £95 for 7 sessions - (discount if you also book both £150)
- Location: Todmorden Makery in Todmorden College
- Mondays 12.00 - 13.45 - Making and Coding (Game Making) - Making games together as a fantastic and fun way to learn real computer coding practices and hands-on making skills
- Mondays 14.30 - 15.45 - The Science Lab -A series of introductory science workshops exploring key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics in a safe, fun and inclusive environment
Structured Workshops for Schools and Home Ed Groups
Coding & Making & Battling
We will learn to use the Crumble micro-controller to make intelligent buggies that can sense and respond to their environment (and then attack other buggies). We will also learn about basic circuits, as well as designing and building using everyday materials from the recycle bin. The coding is Scratch-based; easy and accessible. The last session will be an open Battle event that family can attend; there will be no winners or losers, it will be chaotic and fun.
Make and Coding : Make your own Arcade Console Game
Making games together as a fantastic and fun way to learn real computer coding practices and hands-on making skills
The way you’ll learn is to make your own game based on a starting template of a platform game. The kinds of skills you will develop are in coding, planning, designing digital products and team communication.
The Science Lab
Exploring Science Practically
A series of introductory science workshops exploring key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics in a safe, fun and inclusive environment
Noisy Toys Workshop
Inside our kit boxes we find upcycled e-waste from dead computers. With this treasure and a bit of knowledge we create noisy wonders such as the Robot Chicken and the Auto-Strummer. Experiments like the Nose Test and Bass Buzz help us understand core concepts of electronics and electromagnetism. This workshop has various extension options, more info here on the Noisy Toys site.
We build and code a wonky shonky dancing disco robot using Crumble controllers and block coding. This workshop is a quick fun way to explore coding and electronics and engineering. It can be run as a one off or as a more involved project to develop design and project working skills. There is no limit to what these robots can do!
Drop-in Workshops for Events / Festivals
Suitable for events or public places where people can come and go but want to have a go at an activity. This drop-in workshop is based around some of the activities featured in ‘The Scavengers Workshop’ below.
Drop-in Scavengers at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum video here.
Educational Art and Performance and Art Installations
Suitable for events or public places where people are passing that we can drag into a fun STEAM experience. We can provide site or event-specific installations, using interactive controllers and often (but not exclusively) built from upcycled e-waste. Past installations have included the Gurgle Splosher, Acousatron and the Green Planet See photos and find out more here.