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Littlebits of invention for Manchester Digital Skills Festival

Year 9 and 10 Computing students spent the morning at Manchester Metropolitan University to sample the innovative new animatronic technology tool, Littlebits.

As part of Manchester Digital Skills Festival 2016, the 12 students used their creativity to build a product using electronic building blocks designed by experts in the USA.

Damian Payton, Director of Hive Learning Networks in Manchester, delivered the engaging session at the MMU campus. He explained:

Littlebits promotes problem solving and teamwork skills while teaching kids about logic and electronics in a fun way. It was great how engaged the students were in the project.

Rachel Thompson, Marketing and Events Manager for Manchester Digital, said of the event:

Experience Day, part of the Digital Skills Festival, is an annual event run by Manchester Digital and helps to align the needs of the digital industry with education and extra-curricular activities. Whalley Range 11-18 High School attended a 2 hour workshop using Littlebits to create animatronic devices. These workshops offer young people who are still in school a chance to get some hands-on practical experience of working with digital and technology. This is a vital part of Manchester Digital’s work in helping to solve the skills gap and encouraging young people to undertake careers in digital technology.

We’d like to thank everyone involved for arranging this wonderful opportunity for our students and look forward to continuing this work back in school.