Thursday, 28 February 2013

Longsight Library becomes a mini-makerspace for spring!

Girls! Fancy making your toothbrush into a robot? Or how about creating a blinking LED badge? Discover how to make an Arduino theramin, create objects with e-textiles and make electronic music from your drawings!

To learn these and many other cool activities, head over to Longsight Library every Saturday afternoon from Saturday 2 March through to Saturday 20 April.

Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives are continuing their successful partnership with Manchester Girl Geeks to run these quirky  and educational workshops. Girls aged 11 - 15 can join any or all of the eight innovative sessions starting this Saturday.

Paula Carley, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer at Longsight Library, says "We started thinking about the popularity of the Raspberry Pi and the idea just took off. We had a great time working with Manchester Girl Geeks last year to deliver the Introduction to Coding sessions for girls and we really wanted to build on that success and continue to encourage more young women to think about careers in science and industry"

Sat 2nd March - Brushbots - make and customise a toothbrush robot!

Sat 9th March - LED Badges - groovy blinking badges Sat 16th March - Lego robot trials

Sat 23rd March - E-Textiles - make your own touchscreen gloves

Sat 30th March - Drawdio -making music whilst you draw!

Sat 6th April - Arduinos - little mini computers - introduction to coding

Sat 13th April - Arduinos continued - take away your own Arduino!

Sat 20th April - Arduinos Theremin - making a cool instrument that you play by moving your hands

For more information phone Kalu 07919321064 or Paula 07946520806. The workshops are free but places are limited. It's first come, first serve, so get to the library early!

2 - 4.30pm
Longsight Library and Learning Centre
512 Stockport Rd
M19 4NE

(Photo credits: lucyb_22 via photopin ccTaller Convergente 2010 via photopin cc)


  1. Great event, every Saturday seems to have something very exciting. However I am surprised that boys aged 11-15 are not welcome at the library makerspace. This seems rather unfair and unnecessary discrimination. Whilst I understand the ethos of MGG to be female focused, I would have expected the library to be more inclusive.

  2. Hi, here's a response from one of the organisers:

    "Firstly apologies for my late response. I have only just arrived back from Annual Leave. It was decided to run the “Electronics for Girls” sessions at Longsight Library & Learning Centre in response to the under-achieving of young women and girls in the computing industry. We worked in partnership with MadLab and Girl Geeks and devised the program of activities with this in mind. Funding was obtained to deliver a series of workshops that would make Electronics, Computing and Coding more interesting, exciting and fun to girls and young women.

    The sessions have so far been a great success and have had happy participants and parents of participants.

    We also were responding to information from local Councillors, that made us aware of the need and priority in working with girl and young women only groups in the Longsight Ward, as they are currently unrepresented in many activities.

    Are you aware that MadLab in the Northern Quarter are often running
    all sorts of exciting and creative IT related activities for children and young people? It’s worth looking at their calendar of activities"