Aberdeen Science Centre is bringing the wonders of the digital world to young people in the North East of Scotland throughout the months of March, April and May. Sponsored by Equinor, ASC's theme for the Spring is 'The Code Factory' which will involve a range of workshops and activities designed to get visitors of all ages involved in coding, programming and virtual reality.
As the central hub for science, technology, engineering and maths activities in Aberdeen, the centre recently moved to a new temporary premises on George Street, Aberdeen. ASC will take up residence at this location until the completion of their multi million pound development of their historic tramsheds location on Constitution Street.
The primary goal of Aberdeen Science Centre is to combine learning with play, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be inspired and take an interest in STEM subjects earlier in their development, growing these skills as they progress through their education and eventual career.
Aberdeen is a hub for the energy industry and focus on these skills is essential to the many careers in this sector.
Sponsor of The Code Factory, energy company, Equinor, has played an active role in supporting coding with science centres in Norway and has developed a website to engage kids and develop their interest in coding (www.codingforfun.co.uk).
Hedda Felin, Seniorvice president, UK and Ireland Offshore at Equinor commented:
“A digital transformation is underway in the energy industry, and we are rapidly moving towards a more digital future. We are excited to work with the Aberdeen Science Centre to support young people developing essential coding skills early. This is one way in which Equinor seeks to inspire young peoples’ interest in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.”
The Code Factory includes various engaging activities including a Robot Playground where youngsters can put their programming skills to the test making, and playing with, anything from a glowing snail to a spying robot. The programme will also feature a Lego Rescue Challenge where families are encouraged to work as a team to programme Lego Mindstorm rovers to save stranded astronauts. Visitors will also have the chance to control a jam-sandwich-making robot and for the little ones, The Very Hungry Code-a-Pillar provides the opportunity to learn about coding through a read-a-long version of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Thomas Wild, Head of Learning at Aberdeen Science Centre commented:
“Our passion is delivering fun and interactive learning opportunities for children throughout the North East of Scotland. With the limits of digital skills being pushed every day, new technologies are being created more quickly than ever before.This includes the use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality which are grounded in coding. We think it’s essential to introduce coding skills to as many young people as possible so that they can not only appreciate these technologies, but perhaps one day embark on a career where they are creating and programming the technologies of the future.”
The Code Factory runs until 2 June at Aberdeen Science Centre on George Street. All visitors to ASC have access to the activities and entry cost is £5.75 for adults and £5 for children over 3. Children under 3 go free and discounts are in place for concessions, students and groups.
For more information visit https://www.aberdeensciencecentre.org/events/the-code-factory