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Self-sustainable communities are the goal for organisation running micro-pet session for kids

‘Micro pets’ will be created in Downham this weekend as part of an event showcasing local charities and businesses.

The Clackclose Hundred Community Benefit Society will be running a two-day event which will include a session for children over the age of 7.

Entitled ‘Build Your Own Micro Pet’, the session will be led by global company ARM, who are working with Clackclose to develop new training approaches to explore the digital world.

Participants will find out how to build a ‘micro pet’ using coding for kids, with prizes for the most creative pet.

Clackclose, a non-political, not-for-profit organisation, will be opening up their ESTEAM Centre, based on the first floor of the Priory Centre today and tomorrow.

The Micro Pet session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm tomorrow.

A practical hands-on session will be run tomorrow in which micro-pets will be created
A practical hands-on session will be run tomorrow in which micro-pets will be created

John Beer, of Clackclose, said: “The bigger goal is to create self-sustaining communities. The Community Benefit Society was originally set up to help failing pubs.

“We are also working with rural and coastal economies. The government invested in these economies but most of it will go to Norwich and King’s Lynn rather than places like Downham.

“We have also been arranging with schools as we are trying to get children to know they can achieve what they want outside of school.”

Entry to the event on both days is free and will include an exhibition showcasing local charities and organisations based in and around Downham.

It will run from 9.30am until 2.30pm on both days.

Clacklose previously opened up their doors in April with support from RAF Marham to encourage children’s aspirations.

The events ‘Step into Flight’ and ‘Step into Robots’ were also “designed to engage, surprise and inspire” like the upcoming Micro Pet session.

ARM, who are leading the session, are building a regional alliance with Clackclose to “develop inventive new training approaches towards exploring a digital future.”

The Cambridge-based software design company ensures that mobile phones function properly.

Tomorrow, ARM will be introducing Micro:bits, tiny programmable computers described by Clacklose as a “fun way of getting into coding and creating a world of interesting ideas and characters.”

The Community Business Weekend is an annual open doors event across the country.

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