If you are a company, charity, school, college, university, chartered body or Local Authority looking to inspire young people in digital tech, partner with an existing organisation already engaged with young people in tech or are simply looking for an industry professional to deliver a careers talk; check out some of the resources that are available in Scotland to assist you.
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Digital World is an multi channel promotion initiative to inspire and support people in Scotland to take up careers in digital technologies. It has been developed by Scotland’s digital technologies sector and Skills Development Scotland. Digital World’s aim is to meet increasing demand in the jobs market to support the long-term tech industry in Scotland. It achieves this by informing a very broad range of people – students, parents, teachers, industry members, job switchers – about the variety of opportunities in digital technology.
Code Club Scotland supports a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Code Club’s projects are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally. In 2015 Code Club joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people. At a CoderDojo, Young people aged 7 – 18, can learn new programming languages, create apps for their computer, tablet or phone, build websites, make games, in fact everything they need to become a great programmer in a fun and sociable environment. There is only one rule: “Above all; Be cool”. The driving force behind CoderDojo Scotland are volunteers and mentors from technology and education backgrounds.
Founders4Schools is an award-winning charity with a free online service enabling educators to invite local business leaders into the classroom to help inspire pupils about the world of work. To date they have reached 80,000 students across the UK with impactful events such as career talks, group mentoring and workplace visits. Founders4Schools events are based on the Gatsby Foundation’s Good Career Guidance Benchmarks along with research data proving that students with four employer encounters are 86% less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).
Apps for Good unlocks the confidence and talent of young people through creative learning programmes. Students use new technologies to design and make products that can make a difference to their world. Apps for Good equips students to research, design and make digital products and take them to market. Teachers act as their guides through the programme, connecting them to developers and experts outside school to get real world insight.
The Charity SmartSTEMs is the glue between Tertiary Education, Industry and Schools. The Charity exists to provide equity of opportunity to young people, particularly young girls aged 12 – 18 years into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). SmartSTEMS model is scalable and replicable and delivered through its intertwined initiatives of hub events and outreach. SmartSTEMS has received 2 Inspiring City Awards.
Stemettes seeks to inspire the next generation of females, starting at age 5, into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of free, fun, food-filled experiences – panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes. Almost 15,000 young women have attended Stemette events since February 2013, across the UK, Ireland & Europe with a target of 2 million by 2025. Overall vision to have 30+% female STEM workforce – up from 21%.
The Girl Geek Scotland (GGS) network and community is for people working and studying in the technology, computing, IT, digital, creative, media, business, enterprise and related sectors in Scotland who are able to connect and support each other at entry-level and throughout their careers. GGS provides an interdisciplinary forum for people working in related industries to develop a social and career network and learn from peers & leaders in the field at the same time.
Rampaging Chariot is a powerful, radio controlled featherweight sporting robot that is used by schools and youth groups, with teams aged 13- 17, to compete in a tournament – the annual Scottish Robotic Games – to determine the Robotic Games Champion. It is a project aimed at interesting young people in engineering organised by the Rampaging Chariots Guilds. You receive the first robot as a free kit and your team builds it and tests it (this takes about 12 hours work). You can then design unique bodywork and think of ideas to improve its performance.
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and supported by many of public or private sector members. YESC’s projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Students work alongside teachers and industry experts.
Over 33,000 STEM Ambassadors, from 17-70 years old, from over 2,500 different employers, volunteer their time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and inspire young people to achieve more and progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM Ambassadors are able to enhance and enrich the teaching and learning of STEM subjects by sharing their own interest, skills and experience in STEM. Scotland has three STEM Ambassador hubs: North Scotland, East Scotland & West Scotland.
Marketplace is an online tool connecting schools and colleges with businesses in Scotland to bring industry insight into the classroom. Employers can register their activities such as workshops, talks, workplace visits or placements via the Our Skillsforce website to help pass on knowledge of their sector. Using the dedicated Marketplace area on My World of Work, teachers can search the opportunities posted by employers. Marketplace has also paired with Founders4Schools to give educators another tool to help find and invite local business leaders to events.
ComputerXplorers is part of the world’s largest franchised network providing fun and engaging quality technology and computing education for children from the age of 3 to 13.
ComputerXplorers offers children specialist computing education in their own school or nursery, which may be after school computing clubs, creative computing theme days or daily classes during the school day. ComputerXplorers South East Scotland operates across Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Falkirk and the Borders.
ComputerXplorers is part of the world’s largest franchised network providing fun and engaging quality technology and computing education for children from the age of 3 to 13. ComputerXplorers offers children specialist computing education delivered in their own school or nursery, which may be after school computing clubs, creative computing theme days or daily classes during the school day. ComputerXplorers SW Scotland operates across Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Central Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway
The Barefoot project, run and funded by BT plc with support from BCS and CAS, exists to help all primary school teachers deliver the computing curriculum in engaging and practical ways. There are three main key elements at the heart of the Barefoot Computing Project. Exemplar teaching activities: high quality & cross-curricular activities. Teach yourself concepts: to improve teachers’ own understanding of computational thinking and computer science topics. Barefoot Workshops: free CPD sessions run by volunteer experts to introduce teachers to the Barefoot computing resources.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a global STEM challenge which encourages an interest in real world issues and develops skills crucial for future careers. It is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to ten with a supporting adult coach. Each year, FIRST® LEGO® League releases a new challenge involving a robot game and a research project. Teams usually have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenge before competing in a Regional Tournament. The winner of each Scottish Regional Tournament advances to the UK and Ireland Finals and, if successful, advances to the World Finals.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scotland’s national skills body is responsible for helping to create a skilled workforce that’s ready to face the future. SDS’ apprenticeships family plays a key role in setting people up for success in their careers. Apprenticeships are designed to tackle potential skills gaps, and support new or existing employees to develop. SDS works closely with Scotland’s industries to make sure apprenticeships meet their needs. Skills Development Scotland administers the funding for apprenticeships training, on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Edinburgh Science is an educational charity that aims to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonder of science and technology. Annually it delivers one of Europe’s largest science festivals, inspires young learners by bringing science shows and workshops to primary schools all over the country with Generation Science – the UK’s largest science education outreach programme – and offers a unique immersive STEM focused careers education experience for S1-S3 pupils with Careers Hive.
LiveCode allows young people to get into programming in an intuitive way, due to the similarity of the scripting language to English. It allows students to speak to a computer the same way they think and talk. It also allows students to learn graphical and creative skills, owing to LiveCode’s user interface, while simultaneously learning the core elements of computational thinking. LiveCode is a perfect bridge between Scratch for students at primary school, and Python for older students. It is taught in one third of high schools in Scotland as well as high schools and universities around the world.
TechFuture Girls is an out-of-the-box after-school club that has been specifically designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in IT. It helps girls develop their tech skills through a series of fun challenges, themed around their interests – like music, sport and dance. Running TechFuture Girls doesn’t need any specialist IT expertise or software, it’s fully curriculum-compliant, and girls love it. It supports girls’ learning in IT and across the curriculum, and benefits their confidence and self-esteem.
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