Getting more creative with technology

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) invites children and teenagers to come along to Prototype – a new summer school. Credit: FACTLab, 2015. Image by Brian Slater.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) invites children and teenagers to come along to Prototype – a new summer school where three days are spent at FACT learning about technology in a creative setting.

Participants will be working with professional artists and technologists to explore their own creativity and play with the fuzzy line between real and virtual.

Louise Latter, Young People & Learning Manager at FACT, says: “The aim is to get young people to use creative technology in a way that empowers them to carry on experimenting at home or in school, and have fun while gaining technical skills.”

An essential part of FACT’s programme is to offer opportunities for groups and individuals to experiment with creative technology, ranging from research projects with local schoolchildren about the potential of Minecraft in the classroom to iPad painting projects for older people. FACT’s young people’s programme Freehand supports 13 to 25 year olds to develop skills in many different areas, including filmmaking, management, and digital art and design.

The three day programme for Prototype has been carefully designed to give participants a well rounded and valuable experience.

There will be two sets of workshops that are suitable for different age groups: nine to 12 year olds are welcome to FACT on July 29, 30 and 31 and 13 to 16 year olds on August 5, 6 and 7. Booking is essential.

Louise says: “We hope that lots of young people will come along and explore the world of tech, make new friends and learn how to work with networked objects, coding and a lot more fun tinkering!”

The workshops will be happening in the FACTLab space, which is FACT’s new pilot workshop space where visitors of all ages are invited to get hands on and experiment with tools and devices that are normally out of reach to most of us, such as 3D printing and computer coding.

The aim is to support the development of both practical skills and the interest in technology in Liverpool and beyond, and to challenge the way we see and use new technologies.

FACTLab is presented by FACT, developed with Liverpool John Moores University and sponsored by the Culture Programme of the European Union and Connecting Cities.

FACTLab was launched within the exhibition Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing (running until August 31), which is co-produced by the Crafts Council and FACT in association with Norfolk Museums Service, and explores the connections between craft, technology and community.

Visit to book a space on the Prototype summer school or to find our more about our workshops, young people’s programme and other activities.

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