Tuesday 31st May 2016, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Kids!CAKE at The Digital Humanities Hub
After the success of our last two Kids Cake Sessions, On Tuesday 30th May we will once again be opening the Hub to children and adults of all ages to join us to play, discover and explore our range of Digital Technology and meet some of our partners and academics working in the field of digital learning!
This is an opportunity for adults who work in the arts, culture and heritage to explore and interact with fun and innovative ways for children and young people to explore how they can engage with digital tools to create new cultural and experiences and for children and young people to have fun with creative technology. Let your imagination run riot! And yes there’s cake.
Activites developed by the Digital Humanities Hub Team:
Your Digital Map: Make a map using your photos of your favorite places and see where other peoples favourite places are too.
3D video games: Shrink yourself down to the size of an insect and search out the hidden cupcakes
Eye tracking technology: Create music just by using your eyes
Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality: Take a virtual rollercoaster ride and experience fantasy worlds created by the team at the Hub
Digital Photo Booth: Go wild and create virtual fantasy scenes in our digital photo booth-you can be surrounded by aliens, dinosaurs and many more
Your Digital Photo Album: See a virtual reality photo album using our big touch screen and power wall
Code breaking: Collect all the clues and try our code breaker app to see if you've won a prize
Guest Presenter: John Sear
John is an award-winning games designer who draws on a combination of a deep understanding of game design and psychology, complex software engineering and a maker-ethic to build experiences that are truly magical.
John will be showcasing some of his recent work which is focused around both collaborative family play and child group interactions. He’ll be talking about mixing physical with the virtual allowing real world objects to control digital experiences. He’ll be demoing projects in development using Makey-Makey, Bare Conductive and combining of NFC tags with Android tablets to make Cuddly Audio Tour Guides!
John is currently collaborating with 10 museums across the West Midlands as part of the ‘Broadening Digital Horizons’ project, has been commissioned by a major cultural venue to build ‘cuddly audio tour guides’ and is developing a spy-thriller game played using a secret identity, Nokia 3310 ‘burner’ phone and box of Black Magic chocolates (a collaboration with theatre company The Other Way Works).
His interest is in building game-like installations that encourage strangers to be playful together, sitting at the intersection of games, theatre and technology focusing on real interactions in real places. He is fortunate to work in fantastic cultural spaces responding to objects and stories from their collections.
John is also a fellow at Birmingham Open Media, a collaborative R&D space for technology, art and science.
We will also be joined by Annie Laughrin from Wild In Art along with one of her hooty pals and a new #bigread2016 book bench!
Following the unprecedented success of The Big Hoot’s education programme, The Little Hoot, we are delighted to bring you The Big Read!
An unmissable creative education event in 2016 for Birmingham and the West Midlands, it celebrates the region’s creativity as well as the written word.
Schools and community groups are invited to decorate benches shaped as open books with designs inspired by their favourite novels, comics, poems and prose. The adorned BookBenches will then be displayed around the region in cultural hubs, leisure complexes and shopping centres to create a series of free indoor art trails, giving everybody the opportunity to enjoy young people’s creativity during the summer holidays of 2016.
The Big Read will be complemented by a programme of activities around the displays in venues to spark everybody’s interest in reading and writing, such as poetry slams, story-telling sessions, creative writing workshops and comic book illustration.
After the display the BookBenches will be returned to the schools and community groups that decorated them, where they could become a lasting feature of a library, book corner or outside learning environment.
For more information, please visit www.thebigread.org.uk
Given the wide and diverse range of academics, businesses, students and Heritage organisations working collaboratively at the Digital Humanities Hub, we host free monthly “cake” (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) mornings to showcase current developments, discuss funding opportunities and tackle current challenges. Plus - there will be cake!
You can access printable directions and a map by going to our University web page HERE .
If you have any special requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com or by phone on 0121 414 9154.
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