A partnership between Queens Cross Housing Association and Glasgow Kelvin College has led to the development of a wide range of workshops, activities and coding experiences for young people aged 9 – 16 years from disadvantaged areas in North Glasgow.
The workshops involve digital skills experiences using Minecraft®, Raspberry Pi, digital makers MakLab, where students learn how to design, fail, refine, create and produce an object, and an IT department work experience, all designed to offer a natural progression for the young person as they build their skills, confidence and enthusiasm for tech. QCHA also recruits some of the young people to its Youth Volunteering programme to assist in the delivery of the Minecraft sessions, which builds their confidence and skills and enables QCHA to continually produce ‘trainers’ for future sessions.
Amongst the many excellent experiences offered the young people is the opportunity to work alongside the skilled Queens Cross Housing Association IT team to gain ‘real life’ experience of a busy IT department, supporting more than 250 employees. During the day, the students explore differing technologies, offer their perspectives (as future tenants) on use of technology and even resolve a staged ‘IT Crisis’.
An important part of the project is the promotion of the activities to the wider community, allowing the young people to demonstrate the work they’ve completed to their parents which in turn leads to an understanding of the opportunities that technology and IT offers as a career.