The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.

 

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]How to write and understand computer code. Learn how to make interactive games and learn key concepts for simple BLOCK coding on your laptop or desktop. Its hands-on, so you will need a working keyboard and mouse! Learn how to draw computer graphics and make your own simple games using block programming that look like LEGO bricks! Learn how to make easy interactive and FUN games. We shall be linking to online coding sites Philip uses in schools. Session Details: We shall learn how computer programming works (with demonstrations you can try at home). We shall learn how to DRAW on screen (or use a mouse). What to do and how to IMPORT a drawing (from another program)....

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]You need imagination and a little bit of skill to ‘Write a story’, ‘Compose, photograph’  and then ‘Edit’ your film. This session is an introduction to what is involved in making your own Stop Frame Animation (think Wallace and Gromit). Philip will show you how you can animate your toys or models and add titles, captions and credits. How to write a story (STORYBOARDS), find CHARACTERS (Toys models and PROPS), add TITLES, ‘splats’ and CAPTIONS and even add a range of SOUNDS! Age guide 10+ parents are welcome to assist (under supervision of their children!).Younger children are welcome but may need help to take part. Session Materials:  1) A laptop 2) Low cost usb webcam -  ANY typical low cost USB...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]An hour of unusual and fascinating science experiments and investigations all based on items you can find in the kitchen cupboard! Session Materials: A list of resources will be posted on the festival noticeboard a fortnight before the workshop is due to take place. These will all be things that you will either already have in the cupboard or that can be easily and cheaply purchase from a supermarket.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="12965" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Aileen Hoare [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Aileen Hoare is the former Chair of Northwest Gifted and Talented and has been a regular at Potential Plus UK events for many years. She has vast experience of delivering remote sessions that are engaging and challenging...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bored of the same old traditional stories and fairy tales where wolves and witches are the always bad guys? Sick of seeing Granny getting gobbled up or Goldilocks get away with everything? Join fantastic illustrator and author, Liz Million to create hilarious cartoony characters and scenarios that rewrite the classics and will have you cackling along at home. Session Materials:  Plenty of A4/A3 plain paper. Sharp pencils to draw with, maybe some colouring pencils, eraser and a sense of humour![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="17205" img_size="480x410" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Liz Million [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Liz Million is a lively illustrator and author based in the north east of England. Usually when Liz isn’t working in her studio, she enjoys travelling...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Love Chess - want to play against new people? Join our online tournaments on Lichess.org! Lichess is a free, online open source chess server that allows people to play against friends or against a computer. We will be holding a 1 hour chess tournament on this server for anyone aged 18 or under.  This online tournament will operate with chat turned off. What you need to know: Preregister with lichess.org Log into the Festival Noticeboard Link and password will be on the relevant day pages - Saturday and Sunday - and the top of the noticeboard page. You must be in the tournament waiting area on lichess.org by 4.25pm At 4.30pm the Lichess computer will assign you to a...