Makefest highlights the ways in which science, technology, engineering, arts and crafts shape our world

Makefest highlights the ways in which science, technology, engineering, arts and crafts shape our world

Edge Hill students are set to return to Liverpool technology festival Makefest  to showcase their tech inventions and celebrate the North West region’s ‘making’ culture.

The free festival, to be held at Liverpool’s Central Library on Saturday 25th June, highlights the ways in which science, technology, engineering, arts and crafts shape our world, and gives attendees the opportunity to learn about making things themselves.

Edge Hill University’s subject coordinator for Computing Carl Simmons said the University’s students are delighted to be part of such an exciting and high profile event right in the heart of Liverpool.

“Our teacher training students will be running inventor sessions with wearable technology CodeBug. With help from the students, families can create interactive drawings such as a drum kit, then programme it so that it plays a tune.

“The maker movement is quickly spreading due to a perfect storm of cultural and technological advances. For instance, we’re seeing creative groups such as Google and Sumsung linking up to share their ideas, manufacturing technology such as laser cutters and 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessibility and cheap, brilliant software tools like Tinkercad can be downloaded for free, and the popularity of online platforms such as Kickstarter are encouraging entrepreneurs.

“Edge Hill University has recognised the importance of this maker renaissance and understands that we need to embrace it as a centre of learning. In September 2016, the University’s new £13m Technology Hub will open to students for the first time,” he said.

Makefest will also feature interactive 3D printers, craft workshops and even a Raspberry Pi and Minecraft zone; a set of workshops where children can try coding with a Raspberry Pi mini PC to control the Minecraft world.

Visitors can expect to see robots, drones, wearable tech, 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser cutters & crafting in abundance and there’ll be opportunities to fly a drone, get a selfie a with droid or stormtrooper, build and code underwater robots, 3D scan your own head, try your hand at some fun science, get up close and personal with Daleks, learn all about pinhole photography, and much more.

This free event runs all day from 9am – 6pm on Saturday 25th June at Liverpool Central Library. For more details see: https://lpoolmakefest.org/

Makefest is a free event but early bird tickets can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liverpool-makefest-2016-tickets-20968525424