Schools apps workshops gives pupils DigitalXtra skills boost

Schools apps workshops gives pupils DigitalXtra skills boost

Primary school pupils in Fife are benefiting from a new after school computing club set up by Fife College to inspire Scotland’s next generation of digital users.

The College, in partnership with Commercial Primary School staff in Dunfermline, have launched an after school workshop for 20 primary seven pupils which focuses on delivering a course called Apps For Good.

Apps for Good allows pupils to identify real issues that they care about – they then learn how to build a mobile, web or social app to solve their issue.

Over the twelve week project the pupils work together in teams and come up with concept ideas to create useful apps that would especially appeal to young people.

The project was initially funded by the Scottish Government who announced the launch of a Digital Xtra Fund in January this year as part of their on-going commitment to improving skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects.

Fife College was one of 10 extracurricular computing science ideas, run throughout Scotland, which were given funding to take forward their digital initiative.

Clementina Baker Vallot, 11 from Dunfermline, is in a group of three pupils who have named their team ‘Appolo’ and are enjoying creating a fan fiction app to encourage more people to read books and share their reviews.

Clementina said: “I am really pleased that I volunteered to get involved as the workshops are a great opportunity to improve your computer skills.

“I feel more confident about computing and happy to explore ideas and use a computer more out of school which will help me in the future.”

Clementina Baker Vallot, 11
Clementina Baker Vallot, 11

With help from College lecturer Fiona Lydiate and two College students Claire Bulford and Carol McDaid, the pupils take their app idea from initial discussion through to final design and use.

Fiona said: “Digital Technology is a fast paced industry which is extremely exciting with loads of opportunities.

“Our Digital Xtra project is useful in so many ways – it enhances the pupils’ skills and interest in computing which hopefully longer term will help them with their other studies and encourage those interested to be part of the digital workforce of tomorrow.

“Our own students are benefiting too by working in the community which is great for their confidence and CVs.

“One of the key parts of the project is to work with local digital employers and we look forward to doing this over the coming weeks. The employers benefit by putting something back in to the local community which longer term will help the digital industry thrive in Fife.”

For further details about digital courses at Fife College visit www.fife.ac.uk or call 0344 2480115

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