Mask Making at the Makerspace Workshop

Come and check out our mask display at the South Learning Centre. Students at the Marker Space Workshop afterschool programme investigated the meaning behind masks and why people wear masks. They then researched and drafted their own mask ideas. Their brief was to incorporate an accessory that could be 3D printed.

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Marker Space Workshop afterschool programme delved into the World of Wearable Arts (WOW). But it was more than just costume making – it involved a trip to Creative Junk and sewing lessons with a sewing machine – but also circuit making with LEDs and Arduino chips.

Students were asked to create an Kiwiana outfit which included an electronic circuit with flashing LEDs.

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Booking and enquiries

To book a place on one of our courses please phone (03) 941 5140 or email: learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz.

Junior Robotics at the Learning Centre at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

The Learning Centre at Te Hāpua:  Halswell Centre recently staged the first ever junior computer science competition in Canterbury, called The Buzz Off. Students from year 1 to 3 came from a number of schools to compete in Beebot robot challenges.

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This event was organised with the support from Professor Tim Bell, University of Canterbury – Computer Science guru. MTA (Modern Teaching Aids) donated a first prize of $300 to a well deserving Ladbrookes school. You would have thought we had given them a million dollars by the looks on their faces!

Two ladies from Google Australia kindly made the trip to support this venture and donated gifts for all children who participated.

The great thing about this competition was that it was run by students for students. St Margaret’s, Casebrook, St Peter’s and Kaiapoi North student helpers supported, guided and celebrated the younger students learning.

For many of the teacher/adult helpers this was their first visit to the Te Hāpua Halswell Library. They expressed lots of enthusiasm and many expressions of “This library is fabulous and we will definitely be back”.

You can experience BeeBots at the Fun Palaces at Central Library Peterborough and see more robotics related classes.

In our Learning Centre, students experience eLearning programmes aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment and the teaching within these programmes keep abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme or work alongside us  please contact us Tel: 941 5140 or  Learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz

New Minecraft map built by the students

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Every few terms or so at the Minecraft club here at the Christchurch City Libraries, our map becomes a little “messy” and a bit of “griefing” begins to creep in. When this happens and the current students attending the club decide enough is enough, we create a new blank world map. This time around we decided to do something a little different. We got two of the students from Riccarton High School to build a new one for us. Below is a video showing the “builders” of the map explaining their rationale for the design and the subsequent reaction to it from the other students.

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Exciting school programmes at South Learning Centre

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Thorrington School Minecraft sessions

Tuesday 2 December, 10.45am – 12.30pm

This is education within the gaming world. Teaching and Learning in the medium of Minecraft. Students are learning what a community is and how to physically build one. They are discovering the essential workings within a community, for example decision making, voting on decisions and negotiating ideas, and are learning with and from other peer experts.

All you teachers out there this is a chance not to be missed. Be involved in this new opportunity. It’s free professional development to learn the intricacies of Minecraft and see why children are so enthused by it.

3D-Technology

Horizons From 2D to 3D

Wednesday 3 December, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

This programme is experimenting and creating in 3D design. Moving from the 2D world into 3D, students are learning the New Zealand curriculum technology design process of  idea > target market > purpose > specifics > production model > testing prototype > evaluation. Students are learning to create in 123D design software then 3D print their prototype.

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Film School with Canterbury Home Educators

Friday 5 December, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Film School discovers script writing, filming and software editing to create short movies and documentaries. Students narrate their own script and learn how to film using good lighting and set design. They collate images, footage and interviews into iMovie software, where they then edit keys, transitions and music and share their final short movie with Youtube and South learning Centre website.

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Horizons Robotics with Science Alive

Friday 5 December, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

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This is a joint venture with Science Alive with a focus on creating Lego robotic vehicles and learning how to programme them to manoeuvre. Add light and ultra sonic sensors to complete challenges. Be creative and add a pencil/paint brush to your vehicle for your own masterpiece!

In our Learning Centre, students experience e-learning programmes aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment and the teaching within these programmes keep abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme or work alongside us  please contact us Tel: 941 5140 or  Learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz

2D to 3D

This term our team has been running our very first school programme utilising the Library 3D printer.

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The name of the course is “2D to 3D” and involves 12 students being introduced to a variety of learning and software that allows them to take 2 dimensional design, (arrived at by following a “design process”) through to a finished 3 dimensional product that is printed out on our 3D printer.

We are now just four weeks into this first course and the students have been buzzing about what they are learning. We have taught them how to use the free 123D Design software and most of them are now using it at home whenever they get the opportunity. The first printable project was to create a “pencil copter” which is a propeller device that fits on the end of an HB pencil that actually flies.

Each student (after being taught the basic functions of the software) built their own “copter” in 123D and added their own embellishments to personalise their design. The following week we tested their copters and reflected on what worked well and what could be improved upon.

Great fun!

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Code Club at our Libraries

Kid at Code ClubWay back in May this year, the Library began a trial in collaboration with Code Club Aotearoa to set up and run a volunteer led coding club for Year 7 and 8 students at Upper Riccarton Library. This was the first collaboration between Code Club and a Library anywhere in the country and due to our great venue and equipment in conjunction with brilliant volunteers organised by Michael Trengrove, (the Code Club Aotearoa founder) it was a resounding success. Numbers and interest grew and it was clear that we would need to look for new venues to accommodate the influx of keen young students.

Cover of Computer Coding for kidsAs of Term 4 this year we currently have another two full Code Clubs up and running. One at South Learning Centre and another at New Brighton Learning Centre. This has been and will continue to be a fantastic collaborative project between Libraries and an outside organisation that helps to lessen the growing shortage of young “Coders” in our country and we are very proud to be taking an active role in this. If you are interested in learning more about Code Club Aotearoa please take a look at their website (which can be viewed in either English or Te Reo Māori).

 

Minecraft in action


Enjoy this video of Minecraft in action at our Learning Centres. Thanks to Danny of South Learning Centre and Bridget of MakerCrate.

Want to get your MineCraft on?
Check out our MineCraft Club, back in action after the school holidays. Get creative, start crafting! Build imaginative worlds and battle nocturnal creatures at the learning centres Minecraft club. Novice or expert, join the club and play with your friends in our very own world. A tutor will be in attendance to supervise and assist if necessary. Places are limited.

New Brighton Learning Centre.
Starts week two of every term
Tuesdays 3.30 to 4.30pm
Age: 8 to 13 years
Cost: $15.00 per child per term

South Learning Centre
Starts week two of every term
Fridays 3.30 to 4.30pm
Age: 8 to 13 years
Cost: $15.00 per child per term

Upper Riccarton Learning Centre
Starts week two of every term
Fridays 4.00 to 5.00pm
Age: 8 to  13 years
Cost: $15.00 per child per term

See this and more on our page on afterschool programmes. Bookings are required for sessions except Science Alive. Phone Learning Centre 9415140 or email learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz.

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Budding journalists at the South Learning Centre

Journalism students at South Learning Centre are celebrating their hard work and pressured deadlines with some stunning results. The Canterbury Oracle, The Papercut and The South Library Bulletin newspapers are super pieces of work.

The In The News programme ran for 8 weeks in Term 4 of 2013 and involved students investigating the composition of a newspaper, suitable and varied content, the reality of advertisements and the pressure to produce articles and final publications under the duress of deadlines.

Students visited The Press to interview the chief editor, advertisement officer and experience the day-to-day running of Christchurch’s busiest newspaper.

In the News is an example of the interesting programmes our learning centres offer  to schools. They also run a great variety of after school and holiday programmes.

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Learning opportunities at our libraries in 2013 – Community connections

pampletIf you don’t know what Delicious and Pinterest are, or how you might enjoy using them – read on. Our Community Connections for Adults programme for the first half of 2013 is out and it is full of great learning opportunities in our Learning Centres. Under the themes of Get creative and Get comfortable with your computer you are sure to find something to suit you.

Explore the creative possibilities of your digital camera, get into blogging and writing or learn about Delicious and Pinterest. Learn about local Maori History while exploring our Ti Kouka Whenua website.

We have drop in sessions, Computers and Coffee for both beginners and beyond beginners. If you got an eBook reader for Christmas and you are struggling with it there are courses for you. Is the Social Network a mystery you want to explore? Again – courses for you.

There is also a Community Connections for Families programme.

We have learning centres at South Library, New Brighton, Upper Riccarton and Parklands. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter we also advertise learning opportunities at other libraries in our network as they come along. And don’t forget – if you can’t make one of our courses but still have a question about using our computer resources our friendly librarians may be able to help you.

South Learning Centre programmes update

South Learning CenteSouth Learning Centre is now open and the following community programmes will resume from Monday 14 March 2011:

School programmes

We are working on a range of options to support our Christchurch schools at this time.  Any schools who wish to discuss existing programmes or individual school needs are welcome to contact us on 941-5140 or email gill.gratton@ccc.govt.nz . We are here to provide assistance where possible.

No other programmes currently running

At this stage there are no programmes running at Upper Riccarton, New Brighton or Parklands Learning Centres.  We will update this information once more is known about expected start dates for programmes at these locations to begin again.