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FabLab at the Nerve Centre joins forces with Libraries NI to help young people develop digital skills.

FabLab at the Nerve Centre has taken to the road delivering free workshops in libraries throughout the North that enable young people to focus on creativity and develop their digital skills. Funded by DCAL and SEUPB, FabLab has the ability to bring this learning to the communities and apply innovative learning in places that may not otherwise have this opportunity. So far the lab has carried out courses in Shantallow, Enniskillen and Strabane libraries with Strathfoyle, Creggan, Coleraine and Castlederg next on the list between now and next week.

Each session involves the participants using existing library resources to identify texts and images related to their chosen subject. These artifacts are then combined within a design to make objects such as lamps and family crests.

Valerie Christie, Senior Children’s Services Manager, Libraries NI commented:

"Libraries NI is delighted to work along with staff from the Nerve Centre in this very exciting project. The project presents a great opportunity for children and young people to use library resources and develop their creative skills in a library setting."

John Peto, Director of Education at the Nerve Centre is pleased with how the courses have been going so far. He explained:

“It is great to partner with Libraries NI in such a fresh series of workshops. The team is delighted to be able to bring the innovation seen within the FabLab out in to the community and to a place where this type of skills building and learning are not typically associated. So far the courses have been a real success and there is still a chance for people to participate in Creggan, Strathfoyle, Coleraine and Castlederg. We look forward to more of this type of interaction in the future.”