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Eliminating The Skills Gap – A Piece Of Pi

I may not know much about children, but I’m pretty sure I know two things that every kid enjoys: pie, and learning to do cool new things. And with the Raspberry Pi challenge day, kids from Ashton-on-Mersey School kinda got both! The recent event at UKFast brought local kids into our HQ for two workshops to help the next generation get excited about programming. And it went down a treat.

Our Director of Training and Education Aaron Saxton, says that the events are about filling the skills gap, and “inspiring the next generation” – something that is incredibly, and increasingly, important. It’s also great to show teenagers ways that programming is relevant to them – for example, letting them control light sockets with their phone – and then for schools to continue that foundation and explain how in demand these jobs will be by the time they graduate (and how it could save them hours spent in jobs that had absolutely nothing to do with their degree – unlike some of our employment histories!).

The third generation Pi was released earlier this year, and the Raspberry Pi A+ has also been released this month. There are also charities out there using them to create opportunities worldwide.

If you’re interested in organising a computer science event for your school please contact education@ukfast.co.uk

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