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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Sunday 19th June 2016

Following on from the Art in Aden public consultation and the production of a Public Art Strategy for Aden Country Park we are delighted to launch the project with the Midsummer Arts Festival on Sunday 19th June between 11am and 4pm.

The Midsummer Arts Festival will offer a range of activities for all ages including an opportunity to see the art work of the six commissioned artists who are exploring the theme of Secrets, Stories and Mysteries.

The six temporary art installations will take many shapes, forms and mediums (including a 10 feet tall midsummer badger puppet!) and will all relate to Aden Country Park in some way. Each artists work will be sited in Aden Country Park, forming an arts trail which visitors are encouraged to explore.

Commissioned professional artists include Allan Watson, Carla Angus, Gordon Burnett, Jenny Johnstone, Kate Robinson and Ken Cockburn.

Artwork will include a 10 foot badger, a poetry walk, sand painting, an opportunity to scrabble wi Doric, a trail of welcome shelters and a larger than life brobdingnagian gate. Some of the artists will also be providing hands on activity, so come along and get involved.

In addition the onsite Aberdeenshire Farming Museum is also officially launching its new temporary museum exhibition as part of the Midsummer Arts Festival. The exhibition aims to explore what visitors think and feel about the farming heritage of the North East of Scotland.

Other activities will include bird box making, country fair stalls, free drop in craft activities, face painting and Tam O Shunter train rides.

The event also ties in with the second Music at Aden performance. Following on from the hugely successful Aberden Sinfionetta String Quartet Richard Ingham is to provide a free Masterclass & Recital. To ensure your seat please reserve your tickets in advance. For further information please visit the Richard Ingham event page.

For further information on the Aden Public Art Strategy please visit the Friends of Aden webpage.

For further information about the Aden Public Art Project please visit the Aden Public Art Project link.

The Midsummer Arts Festival event is brought to you through partnership working between the Friends of Aden, Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) and Aberdeenshire Council.

The development of the Aden Country Park Public Art Strategy and temporary Public Art Trail has been made possible through the funding support from the Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Scheme.

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Times: 11am – 4pm

Suitable for: All ages Welcome

Meeting point: Courtyard area in front of the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Booking required: No

Charge: Free Event

Contact: Email Aden Development Worker on: adencountrypark@gmail.com or Tel: 01771 613584

Source: Midsummer Arts Festival

Download the 2016 May Festival programme here!

Tickets on sale now. Follow the booking links in each event
or call 01224 641122 to book.

 

University of Aberdeen May Festival

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.

Made in Aberdeen Writer

June 24, 2015

Deadline: 15 July 2015 at 09:00

Aberdeen City Council is delighted to commission a writer to take part in a special project which will help shape the cultural narrative of Aberdeen.

Made in Aberdeen will illustrate the multi-faceted contemporary face of Aberdeen: the expansive skies, rivers and landscapes of the city: the built environment and architecture: the people of the city, incorporating the international dimension who contribute to the city’s diversity and vibrancy: it should also reflect the city’s natural heritage, its rivers, hills and parks, culture and the wildlife inhabiting the city.

Applicants must demonstrate experience of developing creative, exciting and innovative work which responds to visual imagery and is sensitive to the subject matter. The writer will be required to produce a limited number of pieces in response to up to 30-45 photographic images which have been commissioned by the Council. The writer should be able to work to a deadline and have a track record of producing high quality creative writing to a set brief. The writer should be adept in providing concise written responses to illustrations and photographs which evoke a sense of place. Examples of previous work which enables the selection panel to assess this requirement should be submitted with the application. The number of individual pieces to be written in response to the images will be based on the format of the writing and the style of the writer, applicants should indicate how they would approach this in their application.

Applicants must submit two examples of previous work of a similar nature which is indicative of their style, along with up to two side of A4, including an artist’s statement on experience, skills and motivation for the project, and two references in support of their application. Only electronic applications will be accepted and considered. Applications should be sent to davofficer@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 24th July, date for submission of the completed work shall depend on the date of submission of the complete images by the Photographers, as stipulated in the Photographer brief, subject to agreement between the Council and the successful writer, but should be no later than 8 weeks from the date of submission of completed images by the Photographers.

A fee of £1000 is available for this commission. This fee should include all costs associated with the project.

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact davofficer@aberdeencity.gov.uk (David Officer), or call 01224644885, or visit http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/vibrantaberdeen

The deadline is Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 09:00.

via Made in Aberdeen Writer.

May 28th –  18:30–20:00

Books and Beans
22 Belmont Street, AB101JH Aberdeen

Poetry at Books and Beans presents a feast of poems with music, featuring Sheena Blackhall, Haworth Hodgkinson, Colin Edwards, Louise Counsell and Olivia McMahon. Open mic as usual.
via If music be the food of poetry….

University of Aberdeen May Festival

Pushing the Boat Out Magazine Launch

Word Marquee, King’s Lawn, University of Aberdeen

Pushing Out the Boat is North East Scotland’s magazine of New Writing and Visual Arts. Beautifully produced, it first appeared in 2000 and has maintained a level of consistency ever since. This event, with readings from contributors, marks the publication of Issue 13, a remarkable achievement in straitened times.

via May Festival: Pushing the Boat Out Magazine Launch | Aberdeen Performing Arts.