15 March 2015 - London, United Kingdom – Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse programme showcases computational thinking workshops and inspiring speakers at UK celebration of STEM subjects
Games trade body Ukie will be showcasing their range of computational thinking workshops run through the Digital Schoolhouse programme at the UK’s largest celebration of STEM subjects, the Big Bang Fair, from Wednesday 16 March to Saturday 19 March.
The activity on the Digital Schoolhouse stand will include a full programme of inspirational speakers and interactive workshops over the four days of the Fair.
Names from the games industry and academia will be presenting alongside one another, with the likes of Intel, Kuato Studios and volunteers from Ukie’s Video Games Ambassadors programme speaking alongside leading academics such as Miles Berry, Computing At School and Digital Schoolhouse teachers.
As well as participants having the chance to learn key concepts such as data communication, programming and networking, through activities such as Digital Treasure Hunt, choreography, robots and more, students will also hear from members of the games industry about entry routes and career progression within the games sector.
In its first year, the Digital Schoolhouse programme supported over 5,500 pupils and over 600 teachers from 80 schools across London. The project is now expanding across the UK and is seeking sponsorship from the games sector to help with financing Digital Schoolhouses across key games clusters.
Shahneila Saeed, Head of Education and Director of the Digital Schoolhouse programme at Ukie, said, “We’re really excited to be showcasing the Digital Schoolhouse programme at the Big Bang Fair, as part of the huge celebration of STEM subjects. Embedding the computing curriculum in fun and creative ways for students is the best way to engage them with STEM subjects and tackle the issues around diversity. Computational thinking and creativity are the key to prepare the learners of today for the jobs of tomorrow and so we’re proud to be putting on such a fun and diverse range of activities across the four days, with huge thanks to both our games industry and education partners.”
The Digital Schoolhouse stand is #409 in Birmingham’s NEC Arena.
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The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support, grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and global games publishers and the best of UK development talent - from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today.
Ukie works with government to champion a range of issues including age ratings, education and skills, access to finance and protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers, regulators and consumers.
Some of the campaigns Ukie has been working on include the next gen skills campaign which pushed for computer science to be put back onto the national curriculum, Askaboutgames.com - a website where families can learn about playing games safely and sensibly and Ukie Student Membership which bridges the gap between education and industry for students leaving higher education.