Photo caption: L-R Gateshead College BTEC Computing student Kelsey Andrews , Bede Primary School students Wayne Dale, Oliver Nieznanski, Kaiser Tanedo, and Gateshead College BTEC Computing student Rhian Lukins.
A North East college has teamed up with local primary schools to help develop the next generation of computer experts during worldwide Computer Science Week.
Gateshead College hosted a special event for children from primary schools Rowlands Gill and Bede Community to introduce them to the quirky, exciting worlds of computer coding, robots, packet tracer and virtual reality.
Gateshead College has a long track record of supporting local schools by hosting interactive sessions which showcase the varied range of vocational tech related careers to students. The sessions are designed to support the national curriculum whilst providing fun and engaging activities for children.
Level 3 Software Development students and expert teaching staff from Gateshead College hosted the event, which included an informative and fun afternoon to encourage 25 eight to ten year-olds to learn more about technology.
Kevin Marston assistant principal for curriculum innovation at Gateshead College, said: “Our students really excelled themselves in delivering such a great event for the primary school children. They made the sessions fun and interactive and encouraged the children to view computing as a viable and enjoyable career option.
“It is our responsibility to promote these careers to children in the North East, providing them with the knowledge and understanding of the broad horizon of jobs they could have within STEM industries.
“Events like this also give our students excellent experience in passing on their knowledge and the skills they have gained at the college to the next generation of technology enthusiasts."