Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure received support from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund to create LabCentral, a new makerspace in a underused part of the Redbridge Central Library.
A key part of the project was to work in partnership with local educators to provide ‘ a programme of activities to increase skills and improve life chances for over 120,000 people, including children, young people and families in local neighbourhoods’.
As well as providing equipment and staff training, Artefacto worked with Redbridge Staff to provide events directly to local schools. The initial stage of this project including providing events for 4 schools (16 school groups in total). The events provided students with a general intro to Lab Central and Making, followed by a carrousel of 3 activities and a plenary discussion at the end.
The events were designed to give both teachers and students a fun introduction to LabCentral at Redbridge Library as well as an overview of digital making and some of the equipment now available via the local library service.
Some of the feedback received from these events included:
"The children where very engaged, they are all really keen on technology so this is great for then, they where specially exited about coding. It was very educational and fun. I even enjoyed my self and learn something new as well! K. Kamal - Year 5 Teacher - Winston Way Primary School
"I have never seen them talk that much. There is an autistic child in the class that it´s been completely engaged. They all have been engaged. It's been the best trip so far. We all have enjoyed ourselves" Carla Duber - Year 5 Teacher - Winston Way Primary School
"This is the best trip we have ever had"
"I thought it was really educational about technology and I liked it"
"We had to really think what we had to do, like to make the car (with LittleBits) so it was challenging. But so much fun"
We continue to work with Redbridge to help build sustainable relationships with local schools and to promote Hub Central as a collaborative, creative space for the community.