The Digital Schoolhouse Programme aims to develop a new generation of Computing teachers to teach the new Computing curriculum. Each Digital Schoolhouse is based in a Secondary school and aims to work with a growing network of local Primary teachers to deliver creative and cross-curricular computing lessons. The team will be running free sessions for teachers throughout the event.
“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,” said Shahneila Saeed, Ukie’s head of education and director of the Digital Schoolhouse programme. “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.”
During the Fair, names from the games industry and academia will be presenting, 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.
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.