Digital Education at #BDF15

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Introducing the Education Programme

Our wish for the Brighton Digital Festival Education strand is to involve and engage more young people, schools, colleges and life long learners from all communities within Brighton and the surrounding areas. The explosion in digital making is being well represented by a range of events during the festival and we want to ensure these opportunities are available to the widest audience.


Since BDF14 we’ve been able to build new relationships and have more schools and colleges, participating and hosting events. We have partnered with the Royal Institution and Brighton & Hove High School to host a series of Ri Computer Science Masterclasses, during September and early October. The Masterclasses are to enable Year 9 students nominated by their teachers to find out and participate in interactive workshops and lectures with industry leading professionals and academics.


The growth in young people participating and presenting their work is being showcased in TeKno Kids. A conference for young people by young people to present their digital achievements to their peers. We will have young speakers from the local creative and maker groups, Young Rewired State teams and independent speakers with ages ranging from 9 to 19 years old.

The Education Commissions

I’m also pleased that this year’s Education Commissions really reflect the depth and breadth of Creative, Digital & IT events from the creative and digital education community. The commissions this year are; Spark Conference, Toy Hack Digital Metropolis, Lets Create, Digital Mutations and Redesigning Brighton Seafront, a fantastic mix of family friendly events spread across the entire month.


At the heart of SPARK are five workshops bringing together teachers, entrepreneurs, employers and young people, to find new ways to teach new skills within traditional education. Surrounding the discussions is the Creators of the Future consisting of a number of workshops for young people, showcasing the innovative ways that technology can be taught to the next generation of makers.


For Toy Hack Digital Metropolis artist Alex May and Exploring Senses will work with young people to design and construct a stunning cardboard cityscape bringing it to life with video mapped projections using May’s accessible software Painting with Light, and populating it with ‘toy hack citizens’. The event is curated and hosted by Phoenix Brighton.


Curiosity Hub‘s Let’s Create Together is a day of hands-on workshops where girls and boys (ages 7+) are invited to bring along a parent, grandparent or other adult caregiver and introduce them to their world of technology.


The People Place Digital Mutations exhibition at Jubilee library will showcase the history of the collaboration between artists and technologist from Exploring Senses, BlockBuilders, Nomadic Sound System and participants of our participatory workshops.


Blockbuilders‘ Redesigning Brighton Seafront, enabling kids to be as creative as possible and build something great. The children’s designs will be used to produce a 3D print of their creations to be displayed at an exhibition later in the month.



Donna Comerford
BDF Education Coordinator

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