MadLab Coding and Craft Workshops

Coding and Craft Workshops

Posted by Jake Causier, over 2 years ago

By Claire Dodd and Emily Wade

At MadLab, we’re passionate about encouraging young people to develop their digital skills. In August (2015) we helped inspire the next generation of coders, web developers and hackers with free Code and Craft Workshops for children across the Greater Manchester region. We had so much fun we’ll be doing it again during the next school holidays – so watch out for us at a library near you!

Coding Workshops

Our coding workshops ran in libraries in Bury, Oldham and Wigan, and gave over 100 children aged 7 to 11 a taster session in how to code using Scratch.

Scratch is a free visual programming language that can be used as a stepping-stone to more advanced programming languages, perfect for complete beginners.


Children were shown how to create their own ‘Flappy Bird’ style game – and some went on to develop the game further and really and make it their own using the in-built Scratch editor and advanced functions. Some examples included adding sounds, a two-player mode, and increasing difficulty; we definitely had a few future games developers on our hands!

All the kids really enjoyed it, … We thoroughly enjoyed having MadLab in our libraries.

– Bury Library

Craft Workshops

We partnered with Stitched Up to bring wearable electronics and sewn circuits workshops to over 30 children in Rochdale and Trafford.


Children up-cycled old T-shirts with electronics, in the process learning how a parallel circuit is constructed, how to work with conductive thread and make LEDs light-up. Everyone got creative coming up with their own crazy characters with glowing eyes, and the super-cool T-shirts were theirs to keep!

It was good, amazing, cool and fun!
An interesting and fun activity. Extremely helpful staff. Thank you.
Very informative, interesting, and a friendly atmosphere.


If you’d like to know more about either workshop, you can download the session worksheets here:
Coding: .PDF
Craft: .PDF

With thanks to Whitefield Library, Oldham Library, Leigh Library, Wigan Library, Radcliffe Library, Touchstones Rochdale and Urmston Library.