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Beach Lab - celebrating technology in the open air

Date: Saturday 21st June 2014

Time: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Location : Aberystwyth Promenade

Beach Lab 2014 is the third free public event run by the Technocamps team based at the Computer Science Department at Aberystwyth University, with the aim of giving young people aged between 11-19 years old a chance to develop their computing skills beyond the usual screen and keyboard.

The one-day event is open to all who are keen to experience technology in the open air with flying kites (with on-board cameras), land and sea robots, wearable technology, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, 3D printing, mobile apps and much more.

Some of the demos will be using programmes and applications designed by young people from Ceredigion and surrounding counties who have been involved in Technocamps through school and holiday workshops.

Dr Mark Neal, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University and one of the academics involved in Technocamps, will be on-hand at Beach Lab.

Dr Neal is keen to get as many people involved in the day, he says “Last year’s Beach Lab was a run-away success with over 600 visitors to the Bandstand and Promenade. We also had robots drawing on the beach alongside kites with on-aboard cameras. This second event will again interest local young people (some of whom will have been to Technocamps), teachers, educators, families, prospective students, tourists, geeks and the uninitiated - you really don’t need to know anything about technology to enjoy yourself at Beach Lab.

“Many people think computing is something done inside doors in front of a screen and keyboard but there's so many ways to get involved in computer programming and electronics that makes computing really fun and creative.”

There will be other academics and students from Aberystwyth University’s Computer Science Department who will be giving demos and engaging with the public and others from the University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines.

Director of Technocamps, Professor Faron Moller of Swansea University, said: “We want to get young people across Wales excited about computing and what better way to do this than by bringing it to life in the big outdoors.

“We hope everyone who comes along and takes part in this ‘fun-packed’ day will leave wanting to learn and do more of the fascinating things you can do with computers.”

For more details on the Technocamps Beach Lab email aber@technocamps.com or call 01970 622454

This event is being held as part of Aberystwyth University's Access All Areas Open Day -http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/events/access-all-areas/