Technocamps: Your favourite memories

Megan ChickBlog, News

As the European-funded Technocamps project comes to an end, we asked Technocamps staff for their favourite memories of the pan-Wales STEM outreach project. Here’s what we reminisced about… After the Yellowsands Summer School, we went to Ysgol Bae Baglan to visit the pupils and chat to them now. We arrived early and heard that the pupils had escaped from their … Read More

6 ways to get involved in Earth Day

Megan ChickBlog

Each year, on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day to raise awareness about pollution and the effects of global heating, as well as share ideas about how to live more cleanly. Technology advancements have contributed to climate change but are also providing smart solutions to reduce our effect on the planet. Here are 6 ways you can … Read More

LGBT+ History Month: 10 Influential Technology Pioneers

Megan ChickBlog

This LGBT+ History Month, we’re celebrating computer science pioneers within the LGBT+ community. Peter LandinPeter Landin studied mathematics at Cambridge University, where his insight that computer programs could be based on mathematical logic led to programming languages that could be universally understood by different machines.  He designed the abstract programming language ISWIM and the SECD virtual machine, both of which … Read More

Transforming Digital Education in Wales

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

We have engaged with 65,000+ pupils across Wales to improve the knowledge gaps in digital education. Over the past 20+ years, interest in, knowledge of, and capacity for computing and digital skills has failed to keep pace with the transformational rise of the digital society and economy. This has led to huge knowledge gaps in digital education, and an increasing … Read More

Female Role Models and Technocamps

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

It is widely recognised that girls are underrepresented in STEM industries, and Technocamps aims to redress the balance. We offer clubs and seminars exclusively to girls through our GiST Cymru programme. Each workshop is delivered by female engineers and scientists who showcase the opportunities open to Women in STEM. Our WiST (Women in Science and Technology) programme is a network … Read More

Decisions, Dilemmas and DigiTech

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

[Blog by Delivery Officer Nia John] It has been an interesting academic year, to say the least – school closures, learning from home and self-isolation have become routine. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is different, and for thousands of pupils across Wales, now is the time to be making decisions about their futures by choosing their GCSE and A-Level … Read More

Using Minecraft to improve Cardiff’s sustainability plans

Megan ChickBlog, News

[Blog by Technocamps Delivery Officer, Laura Choy] Minecraft captures an element of artistic freedom that many other mediums haven’t yet matched. The ability to model a 3-dimensional world with simple tools enables visions and ideas to take form with ease. During my youth, I spent many hours with my peers building elegant constructions and venturing off into the diverse biomes … Read More

The New Digital Technology GCSE in Wales: (Nearly) Everything You Need to Know

Megan ChickBlog, News

The Digital Technology GCSE will be introduced to schools in Wales in September 2021. Here’s (nearly) everything you need to know about it… The inspiration for the course was a 2018 report, launched by Qualification Wales with Technocamps at Swansea University’s Computational Foundry, “ICT Qualifications need Fundamental Reform, say Regulator”. The report concluded a need for a new digital based … Read More

One World, One Technology

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

[Blog by Susan Monkton, Schools Liaison Officer at our Cardiff Hub] The last 12 months have certainly been an experience. Not only have we experienced a global pandemic, but we have also seen protests, politics and panic buying! We have all discovered the way the world can work if it really has to, and the benefits and challenges that can … Read More