Fun events for kids & families

Come and see what virtual fun you can find at BDF 2020, it won’t be the same not being able to welcome you all to our hub and we can’t offer any hands-on sessions (you will be missed 😢 ) ...but come and see what we have to offer online.

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12th October 2020

AI for Nervous Humans

Ai for nervous humans for 14+ - Thursday 22nd 4-5:30 pm

Ever wondered what AI really is and how it works? If yes….come and find out all about with Dave Webb in "AI for Nervous Humans”. We will take a look at what Artificial Intelligence is, remind ourselves of the incredible things that people and machines can each do well. Without getting technical, we will look at how Machine Learning does what it does, and how this helps us understand our brains. 

We will have a look at the fears about, and the potential of AI, and then we will see how easily you can train a simple Machine Learning Algorithm yourself, without any code. Bring a laptop, pen and paper (mobiles or tablets won’t work).

This is an interactive session and suitable for young adults (14+).

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Virtual Choir

Virtual Choir - available all week to view whenever you want

Come and join the virtual choir to test your vocal cords and have a family singing session. This session will be a video and available all week, so whenever you feel the musical need log on and find out all about a virtual choir.

We Must Be The Change' brings together 50 singers from around the world for a one-off virtual performance. These singers have never met, and perhaps never will, but here they are raising their voices in harmony and calling for change. 

‘We Must Be The Change’ is a song about the role of the individual, and the power of community, in bringing about a better world. The music is a setting of an Audre Lord quote ‘We must be the change we wish to see’.

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How to build a computer game

How to build a computer game for 16+ - Saturday 24th 11:30-1:30 pm

Interested in finding out a bit more about coding? Book into this session run by Mayden Academy (aged 16+) and discover how easy it is to build a simple computer game that will actually work, and all in 2 hours 😱  

Mayden Academy teaches people to code, preparing them for new careers as software developers in just 16 weeks. They are one of the top coding training providers in the UK, with a 100% graduation rate and a 100% post-course employment rate. 

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Cyber Choices

Cyber Choices 13-16 year olds - Tuesday 20th 1-2 pm

Findings show that more young people are likely to undertake cyber activities which would be considered offences under the Computer Misuse Act, but not necessarily because they are criminally minded. Some learn cyber skills through online forums or videos without considering the legal and criminal consequences of practicing hacking unethically.

Cyber Choices is a national scheme, backed by the South West’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit, aiming to support young people who are particularly talented or interested in cyber & the professionals who surround them. We have also been recognised as a partner to the Cyber First Schools initiative, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre, to positively reinforce learning cyber skills.

This webinar is aimed at 13-16 year olds of any ability.

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Protect yourself online

Protecting yourself online (for parents) - Thursday 22nd 5-6 pm

An interesting talk for those non-techies Kristian from Avon & Somerset Police - Organised Crime Unit. As we have found ourselves relying on online more this year than ever before, we need to be clued up on how to protect ourselves but still connect with people digitally.

This presentation will provide foundation knowledge on how to protect yourself online, through the use of some easy concepts whilst also enhancing your awareness of current threats. The talk will cover the typical everyday use of the internet and is aimed at a non-technical audience.

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Reportage Illustration in 2020 - Wednesday 21st 11-12 pm

Tim Vyner is used to drawing busy global sporting events for national newspapers using an iPad and a sketchbook on location. So what happens when a global pandemic changes everything? In this session, we will share a grassroots ‘live' sport experience with Tim as he records the pre-match build-up to Bath City FC v Billericay FC at Twerton Park without fans and how this is affecting local businesses and high street.

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Tickets are free this year as we have gone virtual but if you can, please donate to support this amazing festival 🙏


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