We want to see your inventions!

Join us for our online makerspace this summer and receive a FREE Making Kit with everything you need to make your imagination!

Who this is for?

7-11 year olds living in Calderdale.

These events are intended to prioritise people living in Central Halifax and minoritized as Black and Brown, marginalised genders and those from working class backgrounds.

What does the challenge involve?

We have a summer full of engineers who want to guide you step by step on how to create your very own inventions. We’ll provide all the materials you need. You just need to show up, bring your imagination and some recycled cereal boxes, yogurt pots and other bits to add a bit of flare.

How do I register?

Click the ‘Book my place’ button and book as many workshops and talks as you’d like. Remember to book a place for each of your children. Some of these workshops run twice in case you can’t make a date.

Where are the workshops?

Online.

When are the workshops?

The Invention Workshops and Meet an Engineer talks are Monday to Thursday from 2 August to 2 September. For the full schedule, click the ‘book my place’ button.

What’s in the making kit?

Good question! Loads – scissors, felt tips, string, playdoh, coloured card, washi tape, lolly sticks, pipe cleaners, and the list goes on…

Invention Workshops

 

Pulley Power

with Mantaj 

Get you string, yogurt pots and straws ready. We’re going to lift heavy objects with ease. Then have a go at creating movement with elastic bands.


Design Your Dream House

with Walid

Let your imagination go wherever you like! Join us to learn more about how homes are designed. Then get creative. What would be in your dream house? What rooms would you have? And what would be your extra special bits… a zoo, a playroom or a skate park?! 


Design Your Own Sweets

with Sohaib 

Did you know that Halifax is famous for sweet manufacturing? What do you think makes a yummy sweet and why is the packaging design so important?  

What would be your dream sweet? Learn what it takes to design your own sweet.


Animals & Engineering

with Sarah-Jane

Why are soundwaves and colours so important in the animal world? Is there something your favourite animal can do that you’d love to be able to?  

Join us to get creative and think about what we can learn from nature and how engineering can help humans achieve things that otherwise might not be possible! 

 

Meet an engineer

Book a place to ask engineers unlimited questions about a day in the life.

Arti

She/her

Mechanical Engineer Student and Physics Teacher

I am a female mechanical engineer with a passion for biomechanics and how the medical field is supported by engineering. I love representing my culture as a Gujarati, Indian in STEM and showing that diversity should be seen in every industry. Following my passion and doing what I love every day, adds to my motivation to continue to inspire the next generation to get involved in what they feel excited for. Each step like this means that we can work together to strive for equal opportunities and make a difference in the world no matter what our backgrounds are!

Krystina

She/her

Aerospace Engineer

My name is Krystina and I am a Chartered Engineer working as a Senior Flight Systems Engineer at BAE Systems. I studied Aerospace Systems Engineering at university, after being inspired by an airshow when I was in school, becoming the first engineer in my family. I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador and mentor and also set up my own business, AviateHer, selling accessories to promote diversity in STEM. As there was a lack of visible females early on in my career, I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring more young girls to consider STEM careers and push past gender stereotypes!

Mariyam

She/her

Chemical Engineer

I am a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student at The University of Sheffield. I chose this degree as it is a great blend of Chemistry, Maths and Physics, subjects I enjoyed studying at A-Level. What sparked my engineering journey was the Nuffield Research Placement I undertook, where I engineered a mobile phone microscope and was a finalist in The Big Bang Competition. Chemical Engineering contributes to many industries; I am excited to work in the sustainability sector and my highest ambition is becoming an astronaut. I look forward to developing my career through the Engineering Leaders Scholarship and Sir Ralph Robins Scholarship awarded by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Outside of my studies, I am an enthusiastic advocate for mental health and well-being, enjoy hiking in the Peak District region and channel my creativity through painting, writing and photography.

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Win a Free Micro:bit

We’re offering a micro:bit board to FIVE lucky winners. No purchase necessary. 

The micro:bit is a pocket sized computer that has been designed to make coding fun and easy to learn. It is completely programmable so you are able to create endless fun from making games and music to programming and controlling robots. You don’t need lots of equipment to get started with the micro:bit – all you need is power and a PC or mobile device to programme it on.

Here’s how to enter: 

1. Take a picture of your creation (model, drawing etc.) from the workshop. We’d love to see you holding your make.

2. Ask your responsible adult to post on social media, tagging @brightboxmakerspace on Instagram or @brightboxmaker on Twitter and use #Brightbox #SummerMakingChallenge.

3. Complete the feedback form sent to your email or Whatsapp.

Not on social media? You can also drop your creation into Central Library, Halifax to be part of the exhibition and be in for a chance to win. 

You need to do this by Sunday 12 September 2021 11:59pm.  

The lucky winners will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday 14 September 2021.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Online on Zoom to help us all stay Covid-safe.

  • If you don’t have one at home you can book a computer at your local library using your library card/PIN or by phoning the library you plan to visit. You may need to bring headphones.
  • The events are starting at 1 pm for about 90 minutes.

  • There’s a great range of topics. They are not all different, part of the purpose of this programme is to support engineers in doing more work with communities and learning and improving. We’re all about learning through doing.

  • Of course! You’re more than welcome to attend one event or all of the events.

  • Most important – your wonderful curious brain and imagination!  

    A device such as tablet or laptop and internet access for the online sessions.  

    If you don’t have one at home you can book a computer at your local library using your library card/PIN or by phoning the library you plan to visit.  

    A FREE maker kit collected from your local library .

    Recycling and junk from around the house – please get permission from adult before using bits from around the house.

  • Maker Kits will be available to collect from late July from Central Library, Halifax or one of the Hub libraries (King Cross Library, Hebden Bridge Library, Todmorden Library, Brighouse Library, Elland Library, Sowerby Bridge Library) 

    You’ll be able to choose your preferred pick-up location when you book your place. 

  • No, these workshops are designed with children aged 7 to 11. If you have a slightly older children, they are welcome to but may need support to adjust the activity to be suitable to their interests and capability.

    Be sure to book a place for each child!

  • Yes. An adult should help you book your place and give permission to be active online.

    A responsible adult also needs to pop in at the beginning of the session to give permission for you to be on camera with the engineers, moderator and other children.

  • We’d love to see your creations! A responsible adult can post a picture on social media or bring into the library. And a little bonus… you’ll be in a chance to win a prize when you post your inventions online and complete the feedback form. 

    We’ll be in touch via email or Whatsapp to request feedback. This will help us to continue making these events exciting and accessible.

    This feedback also helps us to bring more makerspaces to your community.

  • We’re offering a micro:bit board to *FIVE* lucky winners. No purchase necessary. 

     

    The micro:bit is a pocket sized computer that has been designed to make coding fun and easy to learn. It is completely programmable so you are able to create endless fun from making games and music to programming and controlling robots. You don’t need lots of equipment to get started with the micro:bit – all you need is power and a PC or mobile device to programme it on.

    Here’s how to enter: 

    Take a picture of your creation (model, drawing etc.) from the workshop. We’d love to see you holding your make and ask your responsible adult to post on social media, tagging @brightboxmakerspace on Instagram or @brightboxmaker on Twitter and use #Brightbox #SummerMakingChallenge

    Not on social media? You can also drop your creation into Central Library, Halifax to be part of the exhibition and be in for a chance to win. 

    You need to do this by Sunday 12 September 2021 11:59pm.  

    The lucky winners will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday 14 September 2021.  

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Still have questions?

Get in touch

Co-creators

These events would not be possible without our partners, funders and role models. Thank you!

 

 
 

Role models attending


Elle

She/her

Maker-in-Residence

Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Elle is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”

Read Elle's story

Arti

She/her

Mechanical Engineer Student and Physics Teacher

I am a female mechanical engineer with a passion for biomechanics and how the medical field is supported by engineering. I love representing my culture as a Gujarati, Indian in STEM and showing that diversity should be seen in every industry. Following my passion and doing what I love every day, adds to my motivation to continue to inspire the next generation to get involved in what they feel excited for. Each step like this means that we can work together to strive for equal opportunities and make a difference in the world no matter what our backgrounds are!

Krystina

She/her

Aerospace Engineer

My name is Krystina and I am a Chartered Engineer working as a Senior Flight Systems Engineer at BAE Systems. I studied Aerospace Systems Engineering at university, after being inspired by an airshow when I was in school, becoming the first engineer in my family. I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador and mentor and also set up my own business, AviateHer, selling accessories to promote diversity in STEM. As there was a lack of visible females early on in my career, I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring more young girls to consider STEM careers and push past gender stereotypes!

Mariyam

She/her

Chemical Engineer

I am a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student at The University of Sheffield. I chose this degree as it is a great blend of Chemistry, Maths and Physics, subjects I enjoyed studying at A-Level. What sparked my engineering journey was the Nuffield Research Placement I undertook, where I engineered a mobile phone microscope and was a finalist in The Big Bang Competition. Chemical Engineering contributes to many industries; I am excited to work in the sustainability sector and my highest ambition is becoming an astronaut. I look forward to developing my career through the Engineering Leaders Scholarship and Sir Ralph Robins Scholarship awarded by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Outside of my studies, I am an enthusiastic advocate for mental health and well-being, enjoy hiking in the Peak District region and channel my creativity through painting, writing and photography.

Mantaj

He/him

Engineering teacher

Read Mantaj's story

Sarah-Jane

She/her

Thermodynamics Engineer

Sohaib

He/him

Mechanical Engineer

Read Sohaib's story

Walid

He/him

Site Engineer