Events we’re looking forward to this week: Half-term edition

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  • With so much going on in the tech scene here in Northern Ireland, we decided to round up the top 5 events we're excited to attend this week. Make sure to follow our events Twitter to keep up with live tweets @SyncNIEvents

    NI Science Festival Events

    Micro:Bit Workshops (Glengormley Library)

    Thursday 15 February, 10.00am–12.00pm

    The BBC micro:bit is a tiny computer that has been given to schools and selected libraries to help teach kids to code. In this workshop for beginners you will create Python programs that control the various components, with the help of our dedicated coach. Designed to teach you the fundamentals of programming, you will have the opportunity to create your own program and show us what you’ve done. Whether it be rock, paper, scissors, a banana keyboard or a milk carton robot, there’s an endless possibility of fun projects with the BBC micro:bit!

    Register here >>>

    Lasers Live

    Thursday 15 February - Sunday 25 February, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Ever wondered why a light bulb brightens up a whole room while a laser produces only a very narrow beam of light? Lasers Live will demonstrate how light is a form of energy, how different colours interact differently, and how lasers can provide us with technologies that were the stuff of dreams just a decade ago. Experts from the Centre for Plasma Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, will be on hand to explain these topics and many more. A unique opportunity for adults and children alike to discover how research by laser and plasma physicists at Queen’s is playing a leading role in how our future world will look.

    Register here >>>


    Arduino Workshops

    Thursday 15 February, 10.00am & 2.00pm

    Get to grips with the basics of coding and learn how you can use an Arduino to make just about anything! This workshop will focus on creating code that enables you to get input and output devices to do the things you want using basic coding language. If you are interested in getting into coding or simply want to have a go this is the workshop for you. No prior experience necessary.

    Register here >>>


    Code Co-Op Social

    Thursday 15 February @ 7:00pm

    Take part in Code Co-Ops social session to talk about anything programming over a cup of tea or coffe. Want to break the ice? Ask for a tour of Farset Labs, our challenge events or our members' programming projects! It will be hosted by Farset Labs - a local hackerspace and a charity. They provide outstanding support to the local tech community. If you like the event and the space, please donate £3 pounds to keeping the space open.

    Please follow the Farset Labs rules and code of conduct ( while attending the event.

    Register here >>>


    For teachers on half-term

    Become A Barefoot volunteer - free training session

    Monday 12 February @ 6:00pm

    What is Barefoot

    Today’s teachers are key to the next generation’s success. CAS and BT are working together to support primary teachers in delivering the computing curriculum through the Barefoot Computing initiative. Resources are aligned to the curricular for all UK nations and include FREE high-quality lesson plans and local CPD Workshops, all designed to help teachers gain confidence in bringing computer science to life in the classroom.

    What support does a Barefoot volunteer get?
    You will receive face to face training (approx. 90 minutes) in both the pedagogical approach to delivery and the subject content of the resources. You will then be able to access materials and resources to share with the teachers. You will be ‘buddied’ with another volunteer for extra support when you first start to deliver a session and join the Barefoot Community.

    Why should you volunteer for the Barefoot project? 
    Volunteering can support your own personal and career development by giving you new skills such as a renewed confidence and improved presentation techniques. You will also be helping teachers and indeed every child in the UK can gain benefits from this programme.

    Register here >>>

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