Saturday 7 July saw myself and Anish Raja (DigiLocal@Bradley Stoke) heading up to London for the prestigious BAFTA Young Games Designer awards 2018! BAFTA don’t release how many young designers enter the competition, but it’s run nationally across the UK. I know at least half a dozen other young people from the West of England … Read moreDigiLocal @ the BAFTA’s
One of the great challenges in supporting communities to run tech clubs for their young people is keeping a steady flow of really high quality projects for those young people to undertake. They need to be challenging and fun, educational and fun, embody good engineering principles and fun; did I mention they need to be … Read moreMission Mars!
The next generation(s) of high tech innovators came together on Saturday 10 March 2018 for a morning of sharing ideas, code, and enthusiasm for building cool stuff! We had representatives from Barton Hill, Bedminster, Bradley Stoke, Docklands, Malcolm X Community Centre, Redmaids, and Shirehampton clubs. Our celebration events are an opportunity for young people from … Read moreDigiLocal Spring Celebration – 2018
Hot on the heels of our announcement that we’re recruiting for a DigiLocal® Coordinator, we’re also excited to be working with South Gloucestershire Council to support more DigiLocal clubs in their libraries. DigiLocal has long enjoyed supporting libraries in hosting tech clubs, they’re a great mix of community based, learning centred, spaces that encourage the … Read moreDigiLocal expanding to support South Gloucestershire Council libraries!
DigiLocal® supports community centres, youth groups, libraries, and schools in running their own tech clubs. We provide access to high quality equipment, great volunteer STEM Ambassadors, and fantastic project-based content. You will support those communities ensuring the right kit & volunteers are in the right place, at the right time! Clubs are spread across the … Read moreCould you be our DigiLocal Coordinator?
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 … Read moreDigiLocal celebration 2017!
What to do in the half-term? Tech Takeover, of course! We’ve been working with Nia at the Bristol Libraries Service for some time and were very happy to help support her Tech Takeover day at Stockwood Library on 16 Feb 2017. Stockwood already runs a very successful CodeClub so I took some Raspberry Pi 3’s … Read moreDigiLocal @ Stockwood Tech Takeover
West Town Lane Academy’s Code Club got an opportunity to visit Bristol’s tech hub, Engine Shed, on 22 April to see some real world applications of coding in startup companies based in the city. Opposable Games’ Ground Shatter and YellowDog, Interactive Scientific and Aptcore, all from Engine Shed tenant’s SETsquared Bristol, will be demonstrating the variety of applications for technology … Read moreVisit to Bristol’s tech hub inspires Code Club kids
Since launching DigiLocal® we’ve achieved quite a bit; over 300 hrs of engagement with technology; 8-12 young people at the laptop sessions; 4-6 young people at Raspberry Pi sessions; boy-girl ratio typically 70-30, but has been as high as 50-50 weekly 1 hour sessions for younger kids (nominally 8-14) weekly 2 hour sessions for old kids (nominally 14-18) We … Read moreDigiLocal® – a review
Last Sat at Barton Hill Settlement saw the continuing growth of DigiMakers <local>, delivered as part of our Education & Skills SIG. In addition to the younger cohort working on their Scratch projects we had a new attendee working on the more advanced Raspberry Pi maker projects. Running from 4pm until 5pm on a Sat afternon, the sessions … Read moreContinuing growth of DigiMakers <local>