Making a Drawing Robot from Scrap Electronics in Support of the Digital Competency Framework

21st Sep 2018 10:00 am The Riverfront Arts Centre, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HG

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10:00 – 15:00


This workshop is aimed at teachers, educators and artists working in schools who are interested in delivering activities based on creative technologies to teach aspects of digital competency and numeracy.

Although primarily aimed at beginners, participants with intermediary skills in programming or electronics might find the overall approach to digital competency inspirational.

You will first make a doodle bot (a small drawing machine) using found and cheap materials. You will then work with a Microbit, an educational programmable device that can be used for a wide range of projects, and merge the two to make a programmable drawing robot.

The session will finish with an open dialogue where you can discuss your needs, ask and suggest ideas, enquire about technical aspects or how to implement in the classroom the techniques you have learned.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees need to bring their own laptop.


Paul Granjon is a media art and performance artist working with self-made machines, who has exhibited internationally and teaches Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design. He has experience of working in schools and has led a project on the Lead Creative Schools scheme

Who Can Attend?

  • Teachers (including HLTAs and TAs) and educators from creative or cultural organisations who work in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport or Torfaen
  • Artists who live in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport or Torfaen

We Pay For Cover

To help teachers take advantage of our professional development opportunites, the Arts and Education Network: South East Wales can contribute up to £100 towards the cost of supply cover.

There is such a thing as a free lunch!

We provide refreshments and lunch for full-day workshops, and refreshments for half-day and twilight workshops. Please let us know any allergies or dietary requirements when booking.

Who funds us?

We are funded by Arts Council of Wales in partnership with Welsh Government, as part of Creative Learning through the Arts – an Action Plan for Wales. The scheme puts ‘creativity and the arts at the heart of learning’ and aims to:

  • Improve attainment through creativity
  • Increase and improve arts experience and opportunities in schools
  • Deliver on the three education priorities: improving literacy, numeracy, and reducing the impact of disadvantage
  • Support teachers and arts practitioners in developing their skills

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