Digital Families @ BU’s Festival of Learning

This week (25 – 29 June), Bournemouth University‘s annual Festival of Learning took place. The public enjoyed taking part in activities, workshops and events all across Bournemouth and further afield, including talks from National Geographic Adventurer of the YearAlastair Humphreys, interactive fossil fun and various sporting sessions.

On the first day, it was Family Day at the festival and Digital Families was present. We ran a stop-motion animation workshop, one of the first activities the project ever carried out. It continues to remain popular and we certainly weren’t disappointed with the attendance! At our five animation ‘studios’, more than 30 families got involved with making their own short animation, with around 100 children and their parents joining us throughout the day. With such a high demand, we unfortunately had to turn some families away but you can find the activity guide here if you’d like to join in at home.


On Tuesday 27th, Philip Wilkinson, a research assistant at CEMP (Centre for Excellence in Media Practice), who created and leads the Digital Families programme, held a talk. Phil spoke about the research that BU has been carrying out, looking at the importance of digital literacy and engaging families with technology. World-renowned digital researcher Professor Stephen Heppell was present and even called for the lecture to be streamed!

Overall, the festival was a huge success for Digital Families are we hope to see you all again next year!stop motion animation