Digital Makers in the Community
An exciting programme of digital creativity involving more than 1,400 disadvantaged young people
The Nerve Centre's 'Digital Makers in the Community' project is partnered with nine Neighbourhood Renewal Cultural Hubs in the north west to deliver an exciting programme of digital creativity involving more than 1,400 disadvantaged young people.
From music to films to computer games to inventions created using the latest FabLab digital fabrication technologies, each young person will make and share something digital. Children and young people will:
- Create and collaborate on music tracks, games, films, animations, and FabLab digital maker inventions
- Gain OCN qualifications and new skills through 180+ workshops, accredited courses, bite-sized sessions and family-friendly activities
- Event manage and perform at showcase events
- Take part in 6 themed Interactive Family Days
- Be inspired and empowered to take the next step towards a career in the creative industries
- Develop confidence and self-esteem, and make new friends
The project will improve young people's economic and life chances, foster creativity and participation, as well as supporting social inclusion, digital inclusion and equality.
Digital Makers in the Community is funded by BBC Children in Need. For more information on the project, please contact Joe Carlin at email@example.com.
Teaching Divided Histories
Teaching Divided Histories is an innovative three year project which introduces new, curriculum-linked, digital approaches to the study of conflict into schools in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ir
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the PEACE III programme, the project is led by the Nerve Centre in conjunction with the British Council, the Curriculum Development Unit of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, CCEA and a range of other partners.
The aim of Teaching Divided Histories is to transfer knowledge and expertise between Northern Ireland and other conflict affected societies on how the delivery of education and learning can be developed to promote shared societies.
Harnessing the potential of moving image and digital media, Teaching Divided Histories brings together post-primary teachers from across Northern Ireland and border counties to develop and pilot innovative education programmes using film, digital imagery, animation, comic books and webcasting to enable young people to explore common experiences of conflict and peace building.
Teachers and educators are trained in a range of creative and critical skills to use moving image and digital technologies within the classroom to liberate and empower young people to engage practically with issues of conflict and division.
By drawing on best practice in the international field of conflict education through the networks of the British Council, the project is giving teachers the confidence, skills and specific resources and support that enables them to explore contentious history and identity in the classroom.
Teaching Divided Histories is currently also working with teachers in Lebanon, India, South Africa and Sierra Leone, establishing partnerships with schools there and encouraging the digital sharing of creative responses to conflict education on an international basis.
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Fab Farm is a partnership between the Nerve Centre’s FabLab and the Playtrail which sees students from the Playtrail and Ardnashee college designing, building and running their own digital Aquaponic f
The FabFarm is built using 3D printing and Digital Fabrication to create the ideal environment for the Aquaponic production of salad vegetables and fruit. Aquaponics uses fish and their natural environment to provide a clean, sustainable and highly efficient environment for the growing of plants. The FabFarm sees young learners running their own Aquaponic Farm as a social enterprise to build jobskills and employability, develop practical learning around STEM, wellbeing and healthy living, and to provide high quality locally produced ingredients for the North West’s growing food sector.
The FabFarm is the first project of its type in the world and has developed a partnership with the Sooty Olive Restaurant to provide fresh local produce for the kitchen on a Social Enterprise basis. Produce will also be available at Artisan Markets in Derry~Londonderry and the North West.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. The third participants are the microbes (nitrifying bacteria) and composting red worms that thrive in the growing media. They do the job of converting the ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, then into nitrates and the solids into vermicompost that that are food for the plants.
Plants grown in the FabFarm are delicious, nutritious and made with love by local students from the Playtrail and Ardnashee College!