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A nationwide programme of craft innovation workshops for children and young people, 27-28 October 2017

Makerspaces, fablabs, museums, galleries, and libraries nationwide are throwing open their doors and offering a tinker-tastic range of making workshops and activities to open your eyes to the potential of new craft.

  • Take part in Crewe Library’s Digital Wibble Wobble Olympics― build and code your own fitness monitor and then test it out in a dance off!
  • In Reading, make and code an emotional robot at the Institute of Education
  • Drop-in to London's Makerversity to check out some digital embroidery
  • Create uplifting digital jewellery at MadLab Manchester, or witness the Centre for Fine Print Research’s 3D printing robotic arm in action at UWE in Bristol

All events are designed to give families, children and young people a taste of the future of making. 

Click on the map to see what’s on near you, or view the full listings below and check out this year's innovation challenge competition.

Make:Shift:Do is organised by the Crafts Council in partnership with founding partners the V&A and Institute of Making at UCL. Events take place across the UK, at makerspaces, fablabs, museums, libraries, galleries, and universities.

Craft Challenge Competition - Wellbeing

From 3D-printed wheelchair parts to embroidered heart rate monitors, craft innovation is helping to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Check out Benjamin Hubert’s 3D-printed wheelchair, Professor Julian Ellis’ hand -embroidered soft tissue implants, or Lauren Bowker’s amazing colour-changing materials, which have been used to create clothing that monitors a patient’s temperature, or changes colour in response to air quality.

What craft innovation can you dream up to improve people’s mental or physical wellbeing? Write or draw us your ideas and tweet it tagging @CraftsCouncilUK with the hashtag #CCmakeshiftdo. The deadline for entries is 18th November.

The winner will receive a littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit. 

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