Youngsters can learn how to Make Things Do Stuff online

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Young people in Yorkshire want to create and not just use digital technology, according to a new survey released by website Make Things Do Stuff.

The survey found that over half (56 per cent) of youngsters aged nine to 18 would like to invent gadgets using computer programming and 64 per cent would join an after-school computer coding club to learn how to design their own apps, games and animation.

The survey also found that kids in Yorkshire were the most prolific YouTube content creators in the UK with 39 per cent of them saying that they have created a video for the internet.

Tim Riches, founder and CEO of Leeds-based DigitalMe, said: “It’s great to hear that so many kids want to use their free time to learn coding. It’s crucial that more young people have the opportunity to take part in digital-making activities locally because there’s a growing demand for these skills in the workplace – that’s why the Make Things Do Stuff campaign is so important.

“It’s also great to see that young people in Yorkshire are leading the way in creating videos for the internet, setting a high standard for others in England to follow.”

Make Things Do Stuff, led by Mozilla, Nesta and Nominet Trust, aims to inspire and support young people who want to explore or further develop their experience of digital making.

The website, www.makethingsdostuff.co.uk, helps young people to explore new ways of bringing their interests to life through learning about digital technologies.