UKESF takes part in Digimakers
On Saturday 11 June the UKESF took part in a Digimakers event organised by the University of Bristol at the At-Bristol Science Centre, which was attended by children from across the South West. Digimakers is a series of free workshops that aim to inspire children with hands-on computing, coding and electronics experiences – find out more here.Supported by seven UKESF scholars, CEO Stew Edmondson and project designer Juergen Pintaske guided 30 children in completing the MicroBox electronics project kit. After carrying out an introductory activity that involved soldering some basic components into a simple circuit, the children constructed the MicroBox project, which fits inside a Tic Tac box.
Stew Edmondson said, “It was great to give the children a hands-on, practical, Electronics activity. They certainly seemed to pick things up really quickly, with the support of our UKESF Scholars. Hopefully this will encourage them to explore Electronics further and to undertake more projects in the future.”
UKESF Scholar Keerthi (2014–17) said, “Digimakers was a great way to interact with young people and spark an interest in them towards electronics. I think that experiencing the practical side of Electronics at such a young age is very important in order to show the interesting and fun part of this field. Most of the students are reluctant to pick STEM subjects during secondary school due to the sole fact of being considered uncool or boring. In order to eliminate that assumption, taking part in events such as Digimakers helps to enlighten students of how Electronics plays a key part in our daily lives and taking STEM subjects would give them a chance to develop and improve upon the current technology we have in order to make our world a better place.”
Thank you to Andrey, Ayoub, Chris, Fiona, Keerthi, Mauricio and Sam for all their hard work on the day!