Around 150 children and young people got creative - making robots and developing animations - at special Digital Creators Club sessions held at Central Library over the summer.

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The City of Wolverhampton Council's Library Service joined forces with Wolverhampton's Learning Technologies Team to offer the free activities, with children encouraged to design mighty machines to compete in Robot Wars style challenges and use Lego to build and programme robots to solve problems.

There were also workshops based on the popular Harry Potter movies, with youngsters helped to create Lego animations and recreate scenes from the films and JK Rowling books.

Finally, children were able to show off their writing skills in the BoomWriter Summer Camp, with the best pieces being published in a book.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "It is great to see our libraries being used for educational and fun events for young people like these, and we look forward to hosting more of them in the future."

Russell Newman from Wolverhampton's Learning Technologies Team, which works with teachers and students to maximise the potential of the latest technologies in the classroom, added: "It was fantastic to be able to use Central Library for the Digital Creators Club, and we had a brilliant response from children and their parents, with 147 young people taking part.

"They showed fantastic levels of creativity and skill, and we hope they learned something new - while of course having great fun at the same time."

The sessions were so successful that plans are in place to hold more during future school holidays. Sessions will be announced shortly via Wolverhampton Libraries' Twitter feed, @WolvesLibraries, and the Learning Technologies Team's Twitter feed, @LTTonline.

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  • released: Wednesday 5 September, 2018