Technocamps is a £6 million project led by Swansea University in partnership with the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth and Glamorgan that provides daily and weekly sessions to young people aged 11-19 on a range of exciting computing-based topics such as programming, robotics, cryptography, animation and much more. Backed by £3.9 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, the project delivers a series of outreach programmes to schools, colleges and other educational providers within the convergence area of Wales, inspiring young people to consider the computing-based topics underpinning the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Technocamps has been designed to nurture and inspire future generations of highly skilled digital enthusiasts, who will not only develop our on-going science and technology needs but could also make Wales a world leader in the development of new and advanced technologies.
During the next five years the Sector Skills Council for the industry (e-Skills UK) predicts that the Welsh sector will require 20,000 highly skilled computer programmers within the whole spectrum of industry. This is stark news when we know that Computer Science graduates have steadily declined since 2004 – with fewer than a thousand computing graduates in Wales during 2010.
‘’Rather than users of technology, we want the young people we work with to imagine themselves as the creators of the next Facebook or next generation smartphone, or better yet something unimaginable that is going to radically change the world!’ - Professor Faron Moller, Director of Technocamps.