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Scouts: Making a Digital Adventure

posted 28 Apr 2013, 12:13 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 6 Sep 2013, 14:18 by Stephen Harrison ]
Scouts were wowed by Elisa the fire breathing robot dragon
Scouts got creative making on the pottery wheel
This weekend scouts from 3rd Washington visited Newcastle's Maker Faire. The event brings together the wackiest inventors and their top 'maker' technologies at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Scouts were able to roll up their sleeves and have a go as roboteers in Robot Wars, fire paint bombs at a giant piece of crowd-sourced art and make weird and wonderful sounds by being part of a wacky electronic music workshop.

Before scouts had even entered the exhibition, they'd played laser tag in Time Square and experienced the loudest bang you've ever heard from Bo the Clown's amazing clown car.

One scout even provided authentic sounding voice for a Dr Who dalek whilst others were slightly perturbed by a humanoid robot that was knitting a scarf! Other highlights for the young people who attended included a pancake making machine built from Lego, bikes that blow bubbles when ridden.

Gemma finds out that she wasn't a super taster
Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. The event is the fourth event of its kind in the UK and the second time that 3rd Washington Scouts had enjoyed its energy and enthusiasm.

E ven our adult volunteers got hands during the event. Gemma, one of four adults supporting the scouts who attended found out that she wasn't a 'super taster' as biotechnologists explained the science of how we taste. Scouts saw some of the most cutting edge biotechnologies around, who knows how these displays will shape the medicine of the future!

Photos are now online in our members area.

Adult volunteers at 3rd Washington seek out local events that engage and challenge young people as part of a balanced programme. By providing such opportunities for others, they also have a great time themselves.