I learnt a lot on Saturday. With every maker event there are opportunities for collaborations and family learning activities, and this weekend’s #MakeBelieve focus was about young people imagining the tech of the future.
That saw paired projects with peers, intergenerational activities and individual inspirations and inventions at Leeds City Museum – all part of the awesome programme from the Leeds International Festival, and curated by Playful Leeds.
We transported Leeds Raspberry Jam to the festival with a range of family-friendly challenges.
With imagination as the catalyst for invention, it was great to see how challenges progressed and digital stories changed directions with questions and input from others; not necessarily from a coding perspective.
We also had examples of projects from the group of digital makers at Swallow Hill, who have been making Yorkshire-themed robots and taking inspiration from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s #Pioneers programme.
So what did I learn? On reflection later that evening, and catching up with the day’s news:
I want to bring back my imagination and gawp at the future like a child again. And then I’ll reflect like an adult. And then as a child. And as an inventor. I’ll reflect on them all as inspiration and insight, thanks.
Shout out to Playful Anywhere for inviting us along and curating a Maker event in Leeds for, literally, everyone. Through the eyes of the children and their inventions, I came away with so many ideas.
And to @BloodyNoraDJ for the images taken on the day – every one a unique maker story 😀