After School Clubs and Programmes

After School Clubs and Programmes

Term 3 After School Clubs and Programmes

We are excited to be back in our libraries and starting up our programming again for Term 3.
Phone 9417923 to make a booking.

Afterschool Studio Time

Learn about the DJ equipment, music recording, and try your hand at video editing. Half of the term focuses on audio/music production and the other half on filmmaking/ video production.
Please note: This programme repeats the same lesson each term.

10 to 13 years
Bookings required
$20 per term

Tūranga, Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4
Tuesdays, 4pm to 5pm
28 July to 22 September
View the sessions in the calendar

Minecraft Club

Get creative and start crafting! Build imaginative worlds and play with your friends.
Please note: A basic understanding of the games is required.

6 to 13 years
Bookings required
$20 per term

New Brighton Library – FULLY BOOKED
Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
29 July to 23 September

Online (Pilot- $ Free) - FULLY BOOKED – Waitlist not available for pilot programme
Tuesdays,4pm to 5pm
28 July to 22 September

South Library – FULLY BOOKED
Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
28 July to 22 September

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre – FULLY BOOKED - Waitlist FULL
Thursdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
30 July to 24 September

Tūranga – FULLY BOOKED
Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4
Tuesdays, 4pm to 5pm
28 July to 22 September

Upper Riccarton Library – FULLY BOOKED
Fridays, 4pm to 5pm
31 July to 25 September

View the sessions in the calendar

STEaM Lab

With a different topic of focus each term, explore the dynamic world of technology.
10 to 13 years
Bookings required
$20 per term

New Brighton Library ($10 as this course is shorter)
Topic: Coding/Robotics
Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 5pm
18 August to 22 September

South Library
Topic: Digital Media (iPads, Stopmotion etc)
Fridays, 3.30pm to 5pm
31 July to 25 September

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre - FULLY BOOKED
Topic: Digital Media (iPads, Stopmotion etc)
Mondays, 3.30pm to 5pm
27 July to 21 September

Tūranga
Topic: Science (Biology-Evolution-Ecology-Geology)
Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4
Thursdays, 3.30pm to 5pm
30 July to 24 September

View the sessions in the calendar

STEaM Lab – Girls in Tech

South Library
Topic: Digital Media & Filmmaking
Mondays, 3.30pm to 5pm
27 July to 21 September

View the sessions in the calendar

STEAM Club Online

Library after school tutors are uploading a STEAM challenge each week to put your kids to the test at home!
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Activities are generally project and inquiry based, with a focus on interdisciplinary learning and real life applications.

Week 8 - Make an animated GIF with Piskel

This week’s challenge mixes pixel art with animation. You will learn how to make an animated GIF using a website called Piskel. Watch the video and give it a go yourself.

The website you will need for this challenge is piskelapp.com

We’d love to see what you come up with, so if you have GIFs that you’d like to share, please email them to us so that we can take a look at your amazing creations.

If you enjoy this animation challenge, then check out our KidsFest programmes on claymation (animating clay models) during the July school holidays.

If you’re a Minecraft fan who enjoys pixel art and you want a more hands on crafting challenge, then check out this awesome book Craft projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans. We have several copies available to borrow in the library.

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Have fun!

Week 7 - Learn how to use Tinkercad Circuits

Ever wanted to learn the world of electronics or Arduino but didn’t know where to start? Or afraid you might electrocute yourself? Or burn the house down? Never fear, Tinkercad Circuits is here! Tinkercad Circuits is a way to create and test out circuits digitally. You can wire up a simple light bulb:

Learn how to use a breadboard:

Or wire up and code an Arduino to make something like a traffic light:

Get started by joining and logging in at https://www.tinkercad.com/learn/circuits

A great lesson to start with is the “Start Simulating” circuit:

We’d be amped to see what you create with Tinkercad Circuits! Email us a photo or link to your circuit.

Week 6 - Learn how to program a BBC Micro:Bit

The BBC Micro:Bit is a programmable microprocessor, essentially a small computer similar to what you would find inside your domestic appliances like fridges, cookers, and washing machines. In this challenge you will learn how to program a microbit to do some simple tasks and then hopefully come up with some ideas of your own. You don't need a microbit to do this challenge, just an internet connection and a web browser, but when you've finished you can save your program and when STEAM Club is up and running in the library again you can run your program on one of our microbits. Good luck, and have fun!

The website you will need for this challenge is https://makecode.microbit.org/

This is just a simple introduction to what the microbit can do, but if you'd like to delve deeper, the library has several excellent books that you could take a look at for ideas to take your microbit programming to the next level.

We’d love to see what you come up with, so please email your Microbit programs to us so that we can run them on one of our Microbits.

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Week 5 - Learn coding with Minecraft!

Choose your adventure and have fun while learning how to code with the Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials. You can earn a certificate to show proof of your learning when you have completed a challenge. Select your challenge, watch a short video and then work your way to the end for your reward!

Books and eBooks

Week 4 - Learn how to make a 3D printable emoji using Tinkercad

Follow along with this video to make your first emoji smiley face. You will learn the basics of 3D modelling as you go. You can then use your creativity to create your own emojis, in your own style. After you have finished modelling in Tinkercad, you can send us the file to be 3D printed at the library!

1: Make a 3D emoji with Tinkercad

2: How to 3D print your model

Share your challenge story

We would love to hear your challenge stories and see some of the work you have been doing. If you would like to share your work with our tutors this week or if you have a question for the team, send them an email.

Further information for parents

Charges apply for 3D printing of $0.20 per gram of filament – this is approximately $1.20 per emoji. Due to technical limitations, a two colour layered design (as demonstrated) is the most effective. Colour choice may be limited.

STEAM Resources in our collection

Week 3 - Introduction to Coding with Scratch Challenges

1: Introduction to Scratch – Let’s Get Started

2: Introduction to Scratch – Say Something

3: Introduction to Scratch – Let’s Move

4: Introduction to Scratch – Draw

5: Introduction to Scratch – Sound

6: Introduction to Scratch – Animation

7: Introduction to Scratch – Background

Ready for more of a challenge? Check out these tutorials and activity guides on the Scratch website:

Share your challenge story

We would love to hear your challenge stories and see some of the work you have been doing. If you would like to share your work with our tutors this week or if you have a question for the team, send them an email.

Week 2 - Photography Challenge - Learn how to edit your photos using Pixlr X

Now that you have some great photos to work with, Beaulah will show you some fun ways to edit your images in the free online photo-editing software Pixlr X. Watch these videos from our tutor, Beaulah, to learn more and join our Library STEAM challenge.

See more photography videos in our Photography Challenge playlist.

Share your challenge story

We would love to hear your challenge stories and see some of the work you have been doing. If you would like to share your work with our tutors this week or if you have a question for the team, send them an email.

1: Introduction to Pixlr X - Interface

2: Introduction to Pixlr X - Turn your image black and white

3: Introduction to Pixlr X - Create a Profile Picture

4: Introduction to Pixlr X - Create a Banner and Add Text

Week 1 - Photography Challenge - Take photographs of your favourite toy

Munny the Bunny wants to create his own YouTube Channel. He'll need some good photos to use for his profile, header and to advertise his channel on other social media. What has your favourite toy been up to? Can you think of a reason they might want a photo shoot?
Watch this video from our tutor, Beaulah, to learn more and join our first Library STEAM challenge.

See more photography videos in our Photography Challenge playlist.

Share your challenge story

We would love to hear your challenge stories and see some of the work you have been doing. If you would like to share your work with our tutors this week or if you have a question for the team, send them an email.

Photography courses on Lynda.com

Find STEAM resources in our collection

Books and eBooks

eResources

Lynda.com

NCEA subjects

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