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Throughout February & March 2018, we have been running some activities in Toxteth and Norris Green Libraries as part of the Maker Difference project funded by Arts Council England through the National Libraries Task Force.

As part of the project, Liverpool Library Services bought Maker Carts for their libraries which included a whole range of equipment including MBots, Ozobots, Makes Makey, Raspberry Pi, Microbits, ZU3D animation studio, Behringher podcast studio, paper circuits, Cameo cutters and Little Bits circuit blocks. They also bought a 3D printer for each library and worked with a variety of other makers across the city to provide making activities.

We ran our project in 2 parts: we held an 8 week programme of workshops, introducing local residents to various maker activities and the maker cart equipment. We also ran a week long programme of activity during half term in February.

Both sets of workshops proved to be a great success, we met young people from across Merseyside, who wanted to take part in our sessions. And at Norris Green library, we developed a group of regular local attendees, who took part in every session we offered.

Our Little Sandbox Explore members were also invited to work on some projects to exhibit at Young MakeFest – a one day event held at Central Library to celebrate the end of the Maker Difference project. We had two projects happening: a video game – our kids created a 2 player dinosaur game in Scratch – and a video – all about the maker difference project.

We’re so excited to have been part of this project and to have had the opportunity to meet lots of young people ,all enthusiastic about technology and digital making. We look forward to being able to work with them again in future.