What is DigiLocal?

DigiLocal® is supporting communities in running tech clubs for their young people.

These provide regular, positive activities with tech. It encourages problem solving and what’s sometimes called ‘computational thinking’ in schools.

Clubs have access to laptops, Raspberry Pi’s, MicroBits, etc, but it’s more than just ‘teaching coding’. It’s about making rocket ships fly, navigating mazes, building chat bots, constructing platform games, tracking the International Space Station, and more!

We work closely with community centres, our Members, Universities, STEM Ambassadors and other partners across the region and internationally to deliver high quality, age-appropriate, scaffolded activities on a weekly basis.

New tech ambassador helping his mum out with Minecraft & Python.

DigiLocal® is designed around a hub’n’hub concept. Each community centre is a local hub able to deliver according to their local requirements and interests.

HBB provides access to laptops and Raspberry Pi’s. These are all running Linux and a wide assortment of programmes for young people to experiment with building their ideas. We mostly use Scratch and Python environments as these are easiest to pick up quickly, but both provide high levels of sophistication once you master the basics.

As far as possible we use local volunteer ambassadors to run the clubs and local companies to sponsor smaller ‘consumable’ items and things like room hire. All our STEM Ambassador volunteers are DBS checked through our regional STEM Hub.

A DigiLocal club using Scratch and Python

HBB register all our DigiLocal clubs with the relevant national programmes that also support voluntary tech clubs for kids. Usually that’s CodeClub but we also have a couple of CoderDojo’s for older kids.

As our clubs run continuously, we have developed our LINKS progression system. This provides a fun, visual, and simple mechanism for young people to track their growth and development.

Discussing coding on Raspberry Pi at our recent celebration event.

All of this means that communities, youth groups, libraries and schools can focus on the kids having fun!

DigiLocal supports around 12 communities, with over 100 kids each week, and nearly 30 industry volunteer mentors. All having fun with tech and encouraging the next generation of high tech innovators!



DigiLocal is excited to be working a wide range of community partners including:

Shirehampton Public Hall
Library Service

All these community partners help make DigiLocal happen!

We are hugely grateful to our  Members for helping to make DigiLocal happen.

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See http://scratch.mit.edu

* DigiLocal is a Registered Trademark of High Tech Bristol and Bath CIC
** DigiLocal is not officially affiliated with anyone (Rasberry Pi Foundation, CodeClub, CoderDojo, Scratch, MIT Media Lab, etc)
*** Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, all other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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