Digital Bridgwater 3D Design Competition launch event

Young people and their families are invited to come along and join in the fun at the launch of the 3D Design and Print competition at Bridgwater Library on Saturday 18 February.

The competition is the result of collaboration between Somerset Libraries, Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater Town Council, multinational software corporation; Autodesk and CEL, manufacturer of Robox 3D printers.

The launch event for the competition is being held to provide young people and schools with an opportunity to find out more about 3D printing and design. At the event they can see the 3D printers in action, try out the 3D design software, try out fun tech gadgets and join free workshops happening throughout the day.

The competition will focus on Bridgwater culture, history and geography to foster interest in the local area, develop civic pride and promote information sharing in communities.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Somerset libraries said: “3D printing offers fantastic opportunities in so many industries; from manufacturing to medicine. This is a wonderful opportunity to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and interest which might encourage them towards engineering and digital design careers.”

The competition is open to all young people aged 9 to 17 who live and attend school in the Bridgwater area.

Entrants need to submit the design of a 3D object representing an aspect of Bridgwater they believe is important; it could be a building, a place, an industry, an event, a person.

The competition closes on 15 April after which a panel of judges will chose the winners who will receive a prize and have their creations displayed in Bridgwater Library. Top prizes include an Xbox for our overall winner.

Full details of the competition are available on http://digitalbridgwater.com and the full programme for the Digital Bridgwater Maker Day on 18 February can be found on www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/events and on the Bridgwater Library Facebook page.

For the non-technologists the Cornish Crafty Girls are coming to the launch event to run some craft workshops.