For those who don’t know, Young Rewired State Festival of Code is:
Young Rewired State is a worldwide community of digital makers aged 18 and under. We introduce them to like-minded peers, and expert mentors, at free events around the world, where they use freely available open data to build apps, websites and algorithms to solve real world challenges.
Young Rewired State aims are to (from their website):
- Find and foster a community of young coders and digital makers
- Get them ‘civic hacking’ together: using their skills, to improve their communities
- Promote peer to peer learning
- Provide a fun, inclusive and supportive environment
- Equip these young people with the skills to become the tech stars of tomorrow
I’ve heard and followed YRS for a few years but it always seemed like I was travelling during the events. But this year Emma and Ruth caught me early in the planning and I was able to put it pride and place in my calendar. I was honoured to be asked to be a judge even though I had no idea what that meant….
When I arrived at ICC in Birmingham, a place I have been to many times, I felt an electric vibe I have never felt before. I walked up the to the main floor of the event and BAM! The explosion of excitement hit an elevation I didn’t know possible. Kids coding, excitedly, happily – with a splash of annoyance when it wasn’t working. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: #foc2015, coding, coding for kids, digital, ideas, Mentors, tech, UK, young rewired state, youngrewired
April 28th, 2012Personal
First, we need to address this assumption that ‘all kids have been brought up with technology.’ The truth is for only certain areas within our society is that true. Yes some kids might have SmartPhones (actually very few do) and laptops but this doesn’t equate to them knowing technology or ICT. As for having PC’s in their home, I will question the research which stated 90% have access to broadband. This is certainly not true of the pupils I teach, many of whom do not even have an email account. And does access translate into usage? I highly doubt it.Tags: coding, curriculum, kids