I’m sure you’ve heard it already but it’s important – digital learning is essential for the future generation.There are several ways to learn to code. However, making robots that actually respond to your code is arguably the most inspiring. Your child could be inspired to a future in robotics, game development or app creation.During this fun and interactive four session workshop, kids aged 9-14 will create a simple programmable robot using the LEGO Mindstorms kit. This robot will gradually become more complex as its functionality broadens with the addition of various sensors and motorised mechanisms. Programming will use the LEGO Mindstorms software.This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen STEM skills in the most exciting way. Participants gain a strong foundation in computational thinking. LEGO Mindstorms is a versatile system used in many schools around the world and is popular for the First LEGO League. Dates:Every Saturday from 14th January to 4th February2:45pm – 4:45pmWacky Bots is a Children’s University Learning Destination and this activity is endorsable on any Children’s University passport.LIMITED PLACES. Awesome sessions right here at the Aberdeen Science Centre.Sessions will only hold if minimum numbers are registered.

Source: Learn to Build & Program Robots with LEGO Mindstorms – Aberdeen Tickets, Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 2:45 PM | Eventbrite

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Aberdeen City PB

December 15, 2016

U Decide is a new development linked to Locality Planning, to generate ideas and allocate funding in Aberdeen.  This approach is called Participatory Budgeting (PB) which directly involves local people in making decisions about how public money is spent in their community.PB was first introduced in Brazil in 1989 and its tools and principles are now used in many places across the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.PB aims to engage residents, community groups and representatives from all parts of the community to discuss priorities, make spending proposals that will benefit the community or solve a particular issue, and then to vote on them.

Source: Aberdeen City PB

AB+ News | AGM

May 11, 2016

Our AGM is set for Monday 16th May at ACT Aberdeen, King Street – starting at 6.30pm(refreshments available from 6pm) – and we are looking for new committee members!  Come to the meeting, see what we are about, and get on board.  If you are interested in standing for the committee please drop an email  to Stewart Aiken at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com.
The AGM will be followed by a Who, What, When, Where & Why? Networking Event (7pm start)with a guest presentation from Marc Cole – City Centre Director, Aberdeen City Council.  Part of Marc’s role is to manage the delivery of the city centre development work – come along to hear what he has to say and get networking…
We are looking for people to present at the Who, What, When, Where and Why? events, presentations can take any format and must be no more than 5 minutes long -Come and tell us…..WHO you are…..WHAT you do…..WHEN & WHERE you are doing it…..and WHY you are presenting….are you looking for help, support, partners or all of the above…

COME ALONG…..NOMINATE YOURSELF…..SPREAD THE WORD

Dates for your Diary
Monday 30th May – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema from 6pm
Tuesday 31st MayGreen Tease Event (click for more info)
Mayfest programme and bookings – (click for link)

Join us for a celebration of culture in Aberdeen. Featuring:     Write a letter to Aberdeen, its people and its culture. What do you love about Aberdeen? Share your Aberdeen Story.   20 guests from across Aberdeen building a picture of a vibrant city. Discover a snapshot of Aberdeen’s arts and culture. Each speaker will have 3 minutes and 3 slides to present what ‘culture’ means to them.     Ever wanted to try out something different in the city, gaining a new appreciation for local culture? Grab a card and let it be your guide to new experiences.   Local Food provided by Parx Café Drinks provided by Six Degrees North and a Music Workshop provided by the Red Note Ensemble Event Programme   6:00pm | Doors Open // Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise // Drinks supplied by Six Degrees North 6:15pm | Music Workshop with the Red Note Ensemble 7:00pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 1) 7:30pm | Break // Canapés supplied by Parx Café 7:45pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 2) 8:15pm | Music provided by the Red Note Ensemble 8:25pm | Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise 8:55pm | Doors Close // Words of Thanks   Speakers:   Ada Chrys-Chikere (Nigerian Women Association) Charley Buchan (Fitlike Records) Suk-Jun Kim (SonADA) Lesley Anne Rose (Aberdeen Performing Arts) Shane Strachan (local writer) Christine Rew (Manager of Museum and Galleries) Jen Clarke (Doctoral Candidate in Social Anthropology at Aberdeen University) Jon Reid (blogger for Mood of Collapse) Katie Buchan (Best Girl Athlete) Ken Skeldon (Head of Public Engagement with Research) Richard Tinto (Tinto Architecture; Culture Aberdeen’s Citizens Circle) Simon Gall (Musician) Peter Reid (Professor of Information Management) Stewart Aitken (Aberdeen Youth International Festival) Hayley Durward (Citymoves Dance) Chris O’Neil (Head of Gray’s School of Art) Helen Lynch (writer and musician) Hilal Bugali (PhD student)

Source: Taste of Culture in Aberdeen | Culture Aberdeen Tickets, Aberdeen | Eventbrite

New Children’s Marketing Competition: Open for Entries Now

As part of The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference, we’re launching a new competition to find the most inventive marketing and publicity campaigns in children’s and Young Adult publishing. We’re happy to announce that we’re officially open for entries now!

The judging panel will be looking for innovation, creativity and commercial awareness. The campaign can be for a children’s print or digital book, from board books to YA, fiction or non-fiction. The competition is also open to imprints, new platforms, or groups of books as well as new titles.

The Children’s Marketing Competition is open only to companies with delegates attending the Bookseller Children’s Conference at Milton Court, London. Delegates who have already signed up are eligible to enter. To book your conference tickets, visit the webpage now.

Winners will get the chance to present their campaign at the Children’s Conference on 29th September. They will also receive advertising spend with The Bookseller.

The overall winner will receive £2,000 to spend on print or digital advertising with The Bookseller. The two runners-up will each receive £1,500 ad spend. One of the runner-up prizes is reserved for a low or no-budget campaign. Low or no-budget campaigns are also eligible to win the overall prize.

The winner of the Audience Award, voted for at the conference, will receive £500 ad spend.

The marketing campaign must have gone live between 1st September 2014 and 1st August 2015. Publication dates are not taken into account. Companies may submit two campaigns each.
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 16th September 2015. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Location: England

For further information, please contact blake.brooks@thebookseller.com or visithttp://www.thebookseller.com/childrens2015

The deadline is Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 17:00.

via Creative Scotland : Children’s Publishing Marketing Competition.

New EP from Nicky Aiken – “I Think About You”

The New 4 track EP Will be available to download from all major online stores on August the 21st 2015.

 

Track List:

Tear Across The Page

I Think About You

ALIVE!

Learn

 

All Songs were written, Recorded, Produced by Nicky Aiken

All Instruments played by Nicky Aiken

 

The EP launch party will take place in Brewdog Bar Aberdeen on the 27th of August. This will be a stripped down intimate gig where all the songs will be played from both this EP & his last EP “View From The Top Floor”. Later this year Nicky Plans to tour Scotland & North England, exclusively for all Brewdog bars.

Nicky Also fronts the Blues Rock Band “Strange Skies” Who have also recently released a new EP called “Better Games”. They will Tour at the end of 2015 and early 2016.

Nicky Has Supported to date: Turing Brakes, Proud Mary, Pearl & the Puppets, Skint & Demoralised, Josephine, AMWWF (Anderson McGinty Webber ward & Fisher), The New Medicants (Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake), Beans on Toast, Nizlopoli, Mark Morris (Bluetones).

via Nicky Aiken.

Independent Record Label Market: Aberdeen

Saturday 17 October

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Doors: 11.30am – 16.30pm

Free Entry

57° North and the Scottish Music Industry Association, alongside Comprende Records and Aberdeen Performing Arts present the second Independent Record Label Market event in Aberdeen.

Building on the success of last year’s event, the market will again see some of Scotland’s best independent record labels gathering to sell their wares, all under one roof.

The full line-up of labels attending the market will be released later this year. The event will also feature DJ sets, a bar for refreshments, and a few surprises. Start saving!

Followed by the evening event “APA and IMP present Chem 20 – celebrating 20 years of Chemikal Underground Records”- line up TBA.

via Independent Record Label Market | Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Stonehaven – Anywhere But The Cities (in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland)

16 shows, 21 days, 26 (plus) artists – that’s the anywhere but the cities tour. Dewar’s, Neu! Reekie! & FOUND take to the road with some of their finest guests making appearances. Swapping stories for whisky and visiting faces and places, the whole affair will be captured for broadcast and beyond.

This show is in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland.

via Stonehaven – Anywhere But The Cities (in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland).

Flock

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, 20 – 22 Nov 2015

Applications are now invited from makers and designers across Scotland for  “flock”  – Woodend Barn’s Christmas Contemporary Craft and Design Fair.  Launched in 2014, the inaugural fair welcomed 2000 visitors and looks set to become a major fixture in Aberdeenshire’s cultural calendar.

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th July.  Click here to download the form.

via Woodend Barn Banchory » Opportunities.

Closing Party: Friday 26 June. 6-8pm. All welcome.

Exhibition: 27 June – 18 July 2015

From Saturday 6 June, Hell Yeah will be taking over Peacock Visual Arts to draw a sugar loaded, popcorn poppin’, over indulgent large-scale illustration installation on the walls of our main gallery! Hell Yeah actively encourage viewers to visit them in the gallery throughout the duration of the installation in order for you to engage with their creative process, with questions and interaction with artists welcomed.

Once the installation is complete the gallery will be closed throughout the day on Friday 26 June to prepare the space for the official Closing Party, which will feature previously unseen work from the artists hung directly on top of the installation. This guarded nature of the Closing Party is intended to provoke viewers’ curiosity, urge you to explore the artwork further and also offer a fresh perspective of the exhibition as a whole. The closing party will take place on Friday 26 June, 6-8pm, all welcome.

The finished exhibition will then run until Saturday 18 July 2015.

via Katie Guthrie.