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DigiLocal calls for engineers to support tech clubs

Published on July 10, 2018
  • DigiLocal is looking for engineers to design project for local young people
  • An initial two-hour workshop will take place on 19th July at Engine Shed
  • DigiLocal introduces children from diverse backgrounds to potential careers in tech

DigiLocal is looking for engineers to support the design of project guides for local tech clubs and workshops. DigiLocal support 16 clubs across 12 communities, with the aim to show young people in the Bristol and Bath region how great engineers develop great products.

DigiLocal is aimed at children across the West of England, aged 8-14, who don’t have traditional access to careers in the high tech sector. Engine Shed has funded the development of new project guides in an effort to support young people from diverse backgrounds gain easier, more inclusive access to the tech community.

Dr John Bradford, Founder of DigiLocal, said:

“We are looking forward to meeting with engineers who can help us grow our offering to young people, and create projects that are reflective of the diverse backgrounds in Bristol and Bath. This is a great opportunity for us to share our passion for tech with the next generation, and to build a more inclusive environment for young people.”

A critical part of the workshop support role will include the development of high quality project guides and game design exercises, which young people will use to explore science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) disciplines. Over 50 project guides from Code Club and other sources are currently used, but DigiLocal aim to provide young people with projects that reflect their diverse backgrounds, and can showcase the great engineering talent in the region.

Engineers from all disciplines are invited to apply to help. DigiLocal will run an initial two-hour session as an introduction to Scratch, the kid-friendly code environment they use, and offer the chance for collaborative work between engineers. Following the two-hour session, there will be up to five hours required to complete the guide, and test it out with the young people in a DigiLocal club. Original artwork will be commissioned to complement the code.

Lorraine Fairbanks, Partnerships Manager at Engine Shed, who has been running the Diverse Workforce for the Future programme, including Engine Shed on Tour, said:

“It’s so important that young people that are going to the 16 DigiLocal clubs across the West of England know that businesses need them. The Bristol & Bath area has a fantastically diverse pool of young people who we must include in the growth of the city region. We have funded this important work that DigiLocal are doing through our Enterprise Fund super project and hope the fantastic tech community we work with are able to support us in delivering this work.”

DigiLocal is interested in hearing from anyone interested in volunteering for, or setting up their own club, to help local young people aspire to follow a career in tech.

The DigiLocal Engineers Workshop will take place at Engine Shed on 19th July. If you have any queries about the event or getting involved, please contact John Bradford: John.Bradford@hbb.org.uk.