ComputerXplorers use free workshops to educate the iGeneration 05/06/2017 02:15

Science Week a catalyst to get kids programming

Hundreds of UK children honed their programming skills in workshops hosted by educational technology franchise ComputerXplorers for British Science Week.


The technology education specialist held free workshops at primary schools across the UK and a drop-in session at Tesco Bicester. Children took part in a range of activities such as using BBC micro:bits, programming Lego models and using software to create and design a clock.

This is the second year ComputerXplorers has used British Science Week as a platform for its Programming for Primaries initiative. The goal is to help children become creators, not just consumers, of technology while showing them the many possibilities and opportunities that programming skills can unlock.

Nigel Toplis, managing director of ComputerXplorers says the days when coding skills were only required by computer programmers are long gone.

“It’s impossible to overestimate the critical importance of programming skills for the iGeneration – those born between 1994 and 2010,” he explains. “They are more connected and digitally savvy than any previous generation, but they also need to make the step from simply using tablets and smartphones to actively engaging with the underlying technologies. When this is achieved at primary school age, it can spark children’s natural curiosity and set them on a path to build and enhance these core skills.”

During the workshops, ComputerXplorers took the opportunity to help children make a connection between programming skills and interesting future careers.

Programming for Primaries was established by ComputerXplorers in 2014 and the number of children benefitting from free workshops to date is in excess of 1,500. The initiative is supported by Microsoft and CAS (Computing at School) and the workshops align with the Government’s primary education strategy. Programming for Primaries has been held in conjunction with British Science Week since 2016.

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