UTC Sheffield Staff Deliver Raspberry Pi Workshop as part of the Café Family Digital Makers Day

Martyn Eggleton, Skills Trainer at UTC Sheffield, and Colin Smith, newly appointed Curriculum Director for Computing at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, recently delivered a Raspberry Pi with Minecraft workshop at the CAFÉ Family Digital Makers Day. The CAFÉ (Computing As a Family Experience) project trains ambassadors from six of Sheffield’s Secondary Schools in digital making, App development, open data, Raspberry Pi and robotics. These students then use their skills to teach primary school students and their families. The event held on Saturday 16th July was an extension of the CAFÉ programme, enabling families with children aged under 15 to engage in coding and digital making at the weekend, for free.

UTC Sheffield, which specialises in Computing, delivered a Raspberry Pi with Minecraft workshop aimed at students with some coding experience. The workshop was hugely popular and gave young people and their parents the opportunity to improve their Python skills in an enjoyable environment.

One parent commented, ‘It’s great to see coding languages such as Python being taught at this event, which is something I haven’t experienced at other similar coding days. We all learned something new.’

One child said, ‘Today’s been amazing, I loved the Minecraft workshop!’

Martyn and Colin both commented on what a great day it had been, emphasising how encouraging it was to see so many young people involved in coding.

The new UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park opens in September 2016, offering Computing alongside Health Sciences; you can find out more about the Computing curriculum here: utcsheffield.org.uk/computing

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