Technical Activities

Here’s everything you can try on LiveWires.

We’ll teach you everything you need, and you’ll take home what you make to show off.

You’ll have time for two or three different activities. This page should help you choose!

CodingMedia ProductionElectronics

Coding

Learn HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the Web, or take your understanding further to build an online game using Javascript.

A photograph of some code

Web design #

Design and build your own web pages. Learn HTML and CSS to create your very own website.

Programming #

Start programming for the first time by learning JavaScript. We’ll guide you through the basic concepts, and we’re here to help if you get stuck!

Games #

Once you’ve got the basics of programming, you can build a game using JavaScript and our games course. Create your own version of your favourite mobile game, or perhaps something entirely new.

Media Production

Combine computers with your creative side! Learn how to use computers to create your own art, whether that’s music, stills or film.

Two kids mixing a recording

3D Graphics #

Sculpt, texture and animate virtual models or scenery using Blender.

A computer-rendered animation of a hut with a flag waving in the wind

Video Production #

Shoot and edit a short film or trailer, from storyboarding through to post-production.

Sound Production#

Record, edit, and master a podcast or song using professional gear.

Electronics

Pick up a soldering iron and build something physical!

Choose between loads of exciting projects, all carefully designed to make the most of your time with us.

Learn to solder

All the projects require some soldering. Some also involve the making circuit boards and cases from scratch. But don’t worry, we’ve got the equipment and know-how to show you what you need to do!

Girl holding soldering iron

There’s a small extra cost for these activities, which we’ll tell you beforehand.

Each project has two difficulty ratings: the first for the electrical work (soldering and wiring) and the second for mechanical building (PCB, drilling, filing, nuts and bolts etc.).

Boy holding soldering iron

Electronics projects

Guitar Pedal #

Are you a budding guitarist and would like to build your own distortion pedal? With this project, you can!

~£15-£20 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

LED Clock #

Make your own clock to display the current time on the 7 segment LED displays. This project uses a ready made circuit board, is complete with the box and external mains power supply unit.

~£20-£25 • electrical: medium • mechanical: easy

Digital Echo Chamber #

This circuit takes input from the built-in microphone, or from an external input, and allows you to add echo and feedback to your voice, or music. This circuit uses a ready make circuit board.

~£15-£20 • electrical: medium • mechanical: easy

3D LED Cube #

Create a 3D light cube to display a changing set of patterns. Software is provided to program lighting sequences (requires Windows XP or greater). This circuit uses a ready made circuit board, but you will need to have experience and a steady hand to be able to solder the tricky cube joints.

~£20-£25 • electrical: medium • mechanical: advanced

Computer Message Display #

Create a second display for your computer to show drive space information, incoming emails, or display your Twitter feed. Drivers and software provided for Windows XP or greater, and a DLL is provided if you want to program it for other purposes. This uses a ready made circuit board, but you will need to have good soldering skills due to the complexity of some of the joints.

~£35-£40 • electrical: advanced • mechanical: medium

Dual Dice #

With a press of a button, this dual dice will give you a roll! LEDs light to show your number.

~£10-£15 • electrical: medium • mechanical: easy

Escape Robot #

Build a robot that will find its way out of a maze using sensors and its microprocessor.

~£25-£30 • electrical: medium • mechanical: advanced

Audio Analyser #

Build this little project and you can see what your musical instruments or recording are doing: with a graphic display you can see a real-time spectrum of your audio.

~£30-£35 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

Parrot #

This little creature repeats your words… but in it's own voice! Complete with microphone, loudspeaker and case.

~£10-£15 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

Light Beam Alarm #

Contained in a small and easily concealed box, when an intruder passes by it emits a piercing whistle letting you know they’re there.

~£10-£15 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

LCD Scrolling Message Display #

Display your own scrolling message! Using the on board buttons you can program this device to display scrolling text on its LCD screen. This project uses a ready-made circuit board making it ideal if you're new to electronics.

~£15-£20 • electrical: easy • mechanical: none

Classic Arcade Game #

Build your own arcade machine! Using the built in buttons you can play the classic Pong computer game on your TV. This project uses a ready-made circuit board making it ideal if you're new to electronics.

~£15-£20 • electrical: easy • mechanical: none

Electronic Light Bug #

This little critter is looking for the light! Driven by two miniature motors it can direct itself to where it detects the most light. This project uses a ready-made circuit board making it ideal if you're new to electronics.

~£10-£15 • electrical: easy • mechanical: easy

There are also some longer electronics projects:

Metronome #

Would a metronome help with your music playing? Would you like to build and program your own? This longer project combines both electronics and programming. You will first build your own circuit board and then learn some basic programming skills to generate a beat to keep you in time.

~£40 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

Bike alarm #

A very loud deterrent, with vibration and tilt sensors, a key switch, and optional tamper alarm.

~£20-£25 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

Theremin #

The only instrument you can play without touching it! Create weird and wonderful music by waving your hands!

~£15-£20 • electrical: medium • mechanical: medium

Guitar Headphones Amp #

Rock in the comfort of your own headphones with this battery powered box. It's a DI box too, so you can plug into a mixer if you want everyone to hear.

~£35-£40 • electrical: advanced • mechanical: advanced

Oscilloscope #

Have you ever wondered what is happening in an electronic circuit? Now is your chance to find out. Build this little PC powered oscilloscope and you can look at signals to your heart's content. This uses a ready made circuit board and has a reasonable number of components. All the software you need is provided as well.

~£30-£35 • electrical: advanced • mechanical: medium

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