Build Brighton was packed to capacity at our recent child-friendly open evening, which was part of this year’s Brighton Science Festival.

Adults and children joined in with hands on activities and saw some of the amazing projects members have made recently. We had lots of fun technology to play with including robots, virtual reality games, interactive digital media, construction kits and crafts.

Arthur brought his wall of beautiful coloured lights that emulate the patterns you draw on a mobile phone. Felix’s interactive digital media table was used for playing multi-player games and I taught people how to program the Nao humanoid robot to dance and talk to the crowd.

It was a huge success and the feedback was that people would love to come again. There was a lot of enthusiasm for a kids club, which is possible if any members want to organise one.

In total we raised £140 to help improve the equipment in the space. So far, half of the money has gone towards the fund for setting up a new virtual reality area, which is quickly becoming a popular topic at Build Brighton. So a big thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to all the members who volunteered.