Join a digital summer at Oxfordshire Libraries

Wannabe web heroes and crack coders can sign up for a free fortnight of digital learning sessions at Oxfordshire County Council libraries.

Starting on Monday, August 20, children aged between 8 and 13 can earn a selection of cool badges for taking part in a variety of projects in the council’s Digital Summer programme – from making a birthday card using HTML to programming a robot.

Drop by any of the county’s 43 libraries for self-supported learning or work with a friend or family member to try out coding, animation, micro:bits, 3D design and more.

Badges up for grabs include Robot Engineer, Scratch Coder, 3D Designers, Micro:bit Star, Web Hero and the Maker Pioneer badge for those who teach someone else.

Young boffins can also visit one of the following libraries for special events where they can get even more badges for programming, using Makey Makeys to turn everyday objects into circuits, and making LED cards.

The County Library, next to the Westgate in Oxford is running sessions daily in the Makerspace from next Monday until September 3.

Other sessions are at:

 Look out for the resources in your local library and once you've completed the activity library staff can will email a parent or carer with digital badge rewards.

Librarian Mark Sutcliffe who is helping to organise the project said: “The aim is for children to learn some fun digital making skills by following step-by-step projects, earning digital badges in the process to inspire them.”

Look out for different badges at events in other libraries but if you don’t finish in time you can still get a badge after it finishes.