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More 'Techplay' on the way

Published 20th September 2017

Councillor Richard Marshall

Special ‘TechPlay’ craft sessions held at Sandwell’s six town libraries over the summer holidays proved a runaway success with more than 2,000 young people attending the 24 events.

Made possible thanks to £85,000 Arts Council England funding, the innovative state-of-the-art sessions saw children aged eight and above using and learning about the latest technology including virtual reality headsets, iPad tablets, 3D doodler pens and robotic kits.

They were delivered in partnership with the LearnPlay Foundation at Blackheath, Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton and Wednesbury libraries as well as Central Library West Bromwich.

Now TechPlay is set to be offered again at the six town libraries during the October half-term holidays.

Councillor Richard Marshall, Sandwell’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “These sessions offered a great opportunity for children aged eight and above, and their parents to have fun with new state-of-the-art technology that might otherwise be unavailable to them.

“It’s great to hear that these enjoyable events proved so popular with the children and that we are able to run them again thanks to our successful funding bid."

More information about the sessions and other library-based activities during the October half-term can be found on the Sandwell Libraries Facebook page.