Press Releases 2017

PiCymru, UWTSD and partners to support Raspberry Pi Pioneers in Wales

01.02.2017

Today, PiCymru, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Bridgend College and Cwmaman Town Council are pleased to announce a series of events and other support for the Pioneer scheme operated by the Raspberry Pi Foundation (see https://www.raspberrypi.org/pioneers/).

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the charity behind the Raspberry Pi, launched the Pioneers Scheme last month,  which aims to encourage anyone in the UK between the ages of twelve and fifteen to get involved and design some technology to "make us laugh".

Under the banner : ‘Get together, get inspired, and get making’, the charity is looking for Pioneers (aged between twelve and 15) to use technology to make awesome things. They are hoping youngsters will be inspired to get together in a team, make a thing, and share it online.

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The Pioneers scheme fills the gap between Code Club aimed at nine to eleven year olds and GCSE Computing. Participants do not need any prior coding experience. A key part of the initiative will be a meetup on Friday 17th February at Bridgend College campus, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Mount Pleasant campus and Cwmaman Town Council to provide hands on support to students signed up to the Pioneers scheme. The meetup will provide coding & engineering support, the use of additional equipment and assistance in filming of videos for submission on March 22nd.

Douglas Gore, founder of PiCymru said: "The Pioneers scheme allows students to apply their ingenuity and creativity through the use of technology to complete set challenges. While having fun the students will be learning the vital computing and engineering skills that we need to support the Welsh economy in the future. We really look forward to seeing the ideas they come up with."

Professor Ian Wells, Head of School of Applied Computing at UWTSD said: “ “There is a major international shortage of computing skills that is getting worse every year. The School of Applied Computing at UWTSD Swansea  are committed to working with Schools and Colleges to inspire young people to enter careers in Computing. We are therefore proud to support the PiCymru initiative.”

                                              

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Note to Editor

About PiCymru

PiCymru is a not-for-profit organisation, set up in 2010 based in Swansea setup to promote digital literacy and encouraging learning and development in Wales through the design and development of programmes of work, and provision of facilities around Wales. PiCymru is a volunteer-led, not for profit group and is in no way affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

About Bridgend College

Bridgend College is a Further Education (FE) College supporting over 6,000 learners and employing over 600 members of staff across its five campuses at Bridgend, Pencoed, Queens Road, Maesteg and Cardiff. Engage Training is the business focused and externally facing directorate of Bridgend College, based at Morien House on Bridgend Industrial Estate.

About University of WalesTrinity Saint David

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

The UWTSD Group includes Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as part of a dual sector group structure comprising further education colleges and the university.  The UWTSD Group has over 25,000 learners across 15 campuses in rural and city locations. Together we deliver clear, tangible benefits for learners, employers, industry and communities by offering a vocational approach from entry level to post-doctoral research.

The Group will be further strengthened with the merger of University of Wales into UWTSD in due course.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: Catherine.Hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788