MadLab Digital Laboratory workshops open to all

MadLab are bringing high-tec workshops to Blackburn town centre across the Christmas period, as part of the Blackburn is Open scheme which is holding themed events every Thursday in the run up to Christmas, aimed at inspiring creative activity within the town centre.

After hosting LED badge making sessions as part of the Blackburn is Open light switch on launch on November 21, Christmas decorations with a Mathematical twist were the theme during the ‘Thrifty Thursday’ themed event on November 28.

Two more MadLab sessions are set to take place during the run up to Christmas, with December 12 seeing a soft electronics workshop, where volunteers will be on hand to help sewing some conductive thread to create a cuddly animal toy that lights up.

December 19 sees a Brushbots workshop, where robotics and art meet in a fun activity for all the family. Miniature machines made from pager motors and toothbrush bristles can be built, which will then be used to paint, and create.

Katie Steckles, who is helping to run the MadLab workshops said: “People have been having a lot of fun with the activities we have put on so far, and I hope the future workshops will be as popular.”

Mad Lab is a state of the art, innovative ‘Digital Laboratory’ based in Manchester with a growing reputation, offering a space to experiment, build and create, with a growing reputation in the North west of England and beyond. More information on MadLab can be found at

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