Digimakers – How to get children and teachers engaged in computing and technology

digimakers2The latest Digimakers event in Bristol once again saw a large group of young people having great fun with computing, something which can only help inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers.

For far too long Computing has been equated with IT which turns a lot of children away. Digimakers lets people see a whole new side of the subject by providing young people, their parents and their teachers with an opportunity to get directly involved in actually ‘making’ things in the digital world; through programming and hacking hardware.  Proving that there are more ways to have fun with technology than just posting social media updates and playing games.

The Digimaker series of events are free and are organised by the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering together with the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) and At-Bristol.

To date they have encouraged well over 1,500 people from around the South West region of the UK to get involved.  Participants get to take part in hands-on workshops using cutting-edge technology such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Lego Mindstorms, game and application building tools as well as programming languages like Scratch, Python and Ruby on Rails.

mike-bartley-webAs local chair of the BSC and Chair of West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) High Tech Sector Group I know that our area has a huge number of local companies crying out for the kind of skills and creativity that these young people so ably demonstrate, and those jobs pay good salaries.  As a community we need to create a pipeline of talent for both our current employers and for new employers looking to locate here.  Helping to create our own local Silicon Valley or Silicon Gorge if you will!’

Digimakes does a great job to whet the appetite and encourage young people to explore the career opportunities on offer in the computing and electronics sectors. That has to be a good thing for our local industries and I encourage everyone interested to get involved.

Digimakers In Action

Additional Information

For information on the next event visit the Eventbrite Registration page or for general information follow Digimakers on Facebook or Twitter or contact: [email protected]


2014-10-28T09:33:53+00:00 28th October, 2014|Events, Thought Leadership, TVS-Bristol|
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