I attended Mozfest last Sunday — what a great event. There were so many sessions covering a wide variety of tech related topics, but I actually only attended one session apart from the session I ran with Stella Wisdom. I spent an hour building circuits with copper wire, sticky LEDs, battery, paper and pens — at the end of which I had a dragon whose eyes glowed when you pressed its belly button.
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This session was a great example of where creativity and technology overlapped, and its something that would be perfect for a library Makerspace session. In fact there were lots of sessions in the Youthzone and beyond that would be perfect for a makerspace session. Plenty of Raspberry Pi sessions too, quite a few being run by children and young people. Even though I didn’t attend many sessions I spent most of my time talking to other attendees about what they were doing there, sharing ideas and also about what we are doing in Surrey Libraries in relation to this sort of activity.
If anyone’s interested in how we organised the session and notes we used, here’s a link to the handouts, simple session plan and example stories created in both Squiffy and Twine.
Thanks to the YouthZone organisers, particularly Dorine Flies for encouraging me to get involved. It was well worth it.