The Club and Café opens at 6 pm for members to set up their own or our equipment. At around 6.30 pm, tutors will do a short session on a topic and set an activity around that topic for the evening.
You can do one of our activities or bring your own activity and ask for help with that, or do one of the Code Club or CoderDojo projects which are always fun. We provide equipment, so if you do not have a computer or drawing tablet, we will provide one. You can also form a group with others and use our equipment for your project. We are often led by members into new things and we will support projects with resources and equipment.
We are a family club, and we welcome parents to stay with younger children until they feel comfortable in our environment, or to enjoy the café area while waiting to take them home. The café closes at 7.30. The Club closes at 8 pm. Club members are expected to help put away equipment.
Club night is every Monday and the Club opens in line with the Aberdeenshire school terms. In the summer, we take both July and August off and restart in early September.
Members are from age 8 to 18, as we have not found age a particular barrier to learning and enjoying our activities and some of our award winners are surprisingly young. What members must respect is that others need some quiet and space to think when doing difficult coding; learning complicated digital art software; or focussing on soldering a project. We are not a physical sports club, so you must be able to sit and concentrate on your hands-on activity.
In difficult weather in the winter, we may not be able to run the Club physically. In this case, we will move on-line until we are able to restart.
CORONAVIRUS : Please note that Tornaveen Hall is a small hall in a sheltered spot. As such it is difficult to maintain a good air flow through the hall even with windows open. Tutors also need to sit next to, or lean over, youngsters to see their screens when helping them. As a result, we operate a mask requirement at the Club until such time as we deem it safe to operate without masks.
There is no charge for attending the Club. The café charges normal commercial rates.