Sheffield families get to grips with coding

Over 100 young people and their families have gained new digital skills as part of a Sheffield council-led initiative called the Family Digital Makers Day.
Over 100 young people and their families have gained new digital skills as part of a Sheffield council-led initiative called the Family Digital Makers Day.
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Over 100 young people and their families have gained new digital skills as part of a council-led initiative.

The Family Digital Makers Day was part of a project which trains student ambassadors from six Sheffield secondary schools in digital making, covering App development, open data, Raspberry Pi and robotics. Once trained, ambassadors cascade their computing knowledge and skills to pupils in 18 connected primary schools and their families.

An event was held earlier this month at the new Creative and Digital Centre at The Sheffield College Hillsborough Campus, to connect youngsters and their families from all across the city.

Workshops included animation, app development and games design.

Ruth Post attended the event with her husband and two children, aged five and seven.

She said: “Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic day. My children are excited about the idea of animating and programming and I now want a tablet, something I’ve not felt inclined towards before today.”

The workshops were delivered in partnership with UTC Sheffield, Sheffield City Council’s Family Learning and E-Learning Teams and The Sheffield College.

Robert Walker, from Sheffield City Council, who champions digital skills in schools, said: “We aim to make these events a regular feature so that young people from around our city can continue to develop their digital skills.”

Attendees were encouraged to carry on developing their skills after the event so they are ready to enter Sheffield’s annual Digital Making competition, CODE>MAKE>WIN, which is open to people between the ages of nine and 19. Find out more at www.codemakewin.org.uk.