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Ready, Set, Make! at Libraries Sheffield

This summer Maker{Futures} visited 12 libraries in and around Sheffield with our ‘Ready, Set, Make!’ family workshops. Inspired by the sport and play themed Summer Reading Challenge, over 300 of you joined us to tinker, test and make in our pop-up library makerspaces.

Some of the brilliant cardboard games created at Darnall Library

We launched our workshops at Central Library on Monday 24th July 2023 and Liz popped in to talk to Paulette Edwards on Radio Sheffield about our family activities and the Maker{Futures} programme.

The Reading Agency's 2023 Summer Reading Challenge, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust is "Ready, Set, Read!" and the focus is on reading, sport and play.  In our workshops we encouraged children and their grown ups to use cardboard and other everyday bits and pieces to make games out of things that we often throw away. We demonstrated how to add simple electronic circuits to add sound, light and movement to their inventions.

The book we chose to accompany the sessions was "Izzy Gizmo - Invention Convention". Izzy loves to make-do-and-mend and uses her skills to compete at the Invention Convention. 

Over 150 marvellous marble runs, cool pinball machines and other wonderful games were created out of everyday materials by 196 amazing young makers and their 134 grown-ups! 

Why create using cardboard?

Cardboard is a material we all have in abundance in our homes. It is flexible and strong, so a brilliant material to build with. To reuse and repurpose cardboard is a great way of embedding sustainability into making. Have a look at our YouTube channel for some cardboard construction techniques and inspiration.

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