Holyrood is reporting that twelve projects that will help young people develop digital skills have been awarded £250,000 by Scotland’s Digital Xtra fund.
Awards ranging from £715 to £48,000 have been made to support a variety of technology-related activities for young people.
These include a project which uses a wildlife camera to help school pupils learn to code using Raspberry Pi computers, coding lessons in local libraries and a forensic investigation project.
The funded initiatives are expected to reach more than 10,500 young people across the country, with a particular focus on engaging harder to reach groups as well as encouraging more girls to try computing.
Skills Development Scotland will evaluate all the funded initiatives to see which projects made the greatest impact in order to shape future programmes.
Claire Gillespie, key sector manager for ICT and digital skills at Skills Development Scotland, said: “Our young people are avid consumers of technology but it’s important that we inspire them to take computing science seriously and have the chance to become the next generation of digital makers.”
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