DigiLocal celebration 2017!

Discussing coding on Raspberry Pi at our recent celebration event.

On Saturday 1 July we welcomed young people from 8 DigiLocal local clubs across the West of England to share their visions of life in the year 2030!

We saw Scratch games for managing the ecology (and the importance of bees), through house delivery systems by helicopter, to health apps, and even a resource gathering game in python / Minecraft. A huge range of projects developed from original ideas the young people had, and taken through to functioning code over a period of roughly 6 months.

 

Tim Bowles learning about Bristol 2030 and the importance of bees from Red Maid’s girls.

We were honoured to host Tim Bowles (West of England Regional Mayor) to say a few words of encouragement opening the day. He was then completely drawn into the enthusiasm and competence demonstrated by the young people, spending the whole morning talking to each young person about their ideas and how they’d produced their final game.

The future is in this room and even though you may not yet know what you’ll be doing when you leave school, it’s hugely encouraging to see your enthusiasm for science and technology. Tim Bowles, West of England Regional Mayor

Young coder gaining some pointers from a DigiLocal volunteer

DigiLocal is designed to support local communities run tech clubs for their young people. Each club meets once a week for about an hour. We’re currently supporting clubs every day of the week (with 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays), representing around 100 kids every week having fun with tech and learning about building their own projects.

Clubs take place all over the West of England, and we’re working to start more where there is greatest need.

Contact John Bradford (john.bradford@hbb.org.uk) for more information!