Project, digital skills and teachers

Friday 5th August 2016

Twelve projects that will help young people develop digital skills have been awarded £250,000 by Scotland’s Digital Xtra fund.

The Awards reports  Holyrood magazine range from £715 to £48,000 and been made to support a variety of technology-related activities for young people. Funded initiatives are expected to reach more than 10,500 young people across the country, with a particular focus on engaging the harder to reach groups as well as encouraging more girls to try computing.

It is an attempt to offset the fact that computing and technology education in Scotland is lagging behind and that numeracy rates fall again in Scottish schools.  Curiously though, nothing seems to have been done about getting more and better teachers, encouraging them with good salaries, persuading the good grade University graduates, to “adopt” struggling school children and encourage them into digital skills.


  • Tweety Pi is a partnership between SCDI and BT that will bring the natural and digital worlds together with wildlife watching cameras powered by Raspberry Pi computers that have been coded by students. It will be open to 900 pupils in Dumfries & Galloway, Moray, and Orkney.
  • Scottish Libraries and Information Council and Code Club have been awarded funding for a joint project that will train library staff to deliver 12 week coding clubs to 9-11 year olds across 27 of Scotland’s 32 library services. Midlothian Council also received funding to support coding clubs in libraries.
  • Edinburgh College and Oracle have partnered for CSI Forensic Investigation, a four-week project inspired by the popular CSI television series. Participants aged 12-16 will learn a variety of digital skills including video production and coding.
  • Queens Cross Housing Association and Glasgow Kelvin College received funding for a joint initiative to engage young people from North Glasgow with Minecraft and Raspberry Pi coding workshops hosted at the city’s MAKLab innovation facility. A pop-up event for 100 young people and their families will complement the workshops.
  • Angus Young Engineers from Forfar Academy will use its funding to roll out an after school computing club for secondary pupils and pupils from its cluster primary schools in Angus. It will be delivered with involvement from FIRST Lego League, the international competition that challenges school pupils to create scientific solutions to real world problems.
  • Funding will also allow Apps for Good to extend the reach of its extracurricular work with schools across Scotland. It will train teachers to deliver coding courses and teach pupils to design and develop mobile, web and social apps that solve problems young people care about.
  • The other successful applicants were Inverness College, Edinburgh International Science Festival, The Prince’s Trust, Ian Findlay Design,Troqueer Primary School and Rampaging Chariots Guild.



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