High-tech opportunities set to inspire pupils

Pupils in a Technocamps activity day

The holidays may be over but thanks to Technocamps, school pupils will be taking new skills and experiences into their next term.

Technocamps, Swansea University’s innovative outreach programme designed to give pupils an insight into the world of computer science, delivered a variety of activities to pupils across Wales during the summer holidays. These included programming, app development, games development and robotics.

2019 Robotics Competition

The theme of this year's robotics competition was Disaster Droids with pupils challenged to design and create a robot, capable of providing assistance to disaster-struck areas. This included war zones and areas devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis.

National Eisteddfod

Pupils also took part in a variety of activities during the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. Virtual reality headsets proved popular with children and adults alike as did programming the robots and coding.

STEM Enrichment Summer School with Yellowsands Foundation

Technocamps collaborated with Yellowsands Foundation, which helps improve pupils’ potential to achieve A, B, C grades at GCSE and to leave school with at least 5 A-C grades including maths, science and English language.

Emily, a pupil from Ysgol Bae Baglan, said: “I am so grateful to have met such an incredible group of people. I have pushed myself to the limit and achieved things I never thought I could do. We had an opportunity to create and explore new skills and develop old ones.”

GiST Cymru Summer School

A total of 27 girls took part in the GiST Cymru Summer School which was designed to encourage young women towards STEM careers and saw them trying out activities included coding, making slime and even extracting DNA from a banana.

Julie Walters, senior project manager at Technocamps said: "We have certainly lived up to our strapline in Technocamps across Wales this summer. We have shown creativity at the Robotics competition, had fun using virtual reality headsets at the Eisteddfod and inspired many young people with a variety of summer schools."

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