This Summer Edutech was involved in a summer camp programmes that saw over 2,000 young, local Emiratis taking part in designing, coding, and making.
A morning and afternoon camp ran each day with a session for ages 6 - 9 and one for 9-12 year olds. The 9-12 year old sessions were run using pi-top  Makers’ laptops.
Edutech ran the sessions with our own trainers and for the pi-top sessions they created a variant of the Octaves and Chatbot projects found on pi-topCLASSROOM.
Many of the young people who attended the camps had never been to a library before and after attending a session over 70% of them signed up for library membership.
The sessions were a great way to raise awareness about high tech career opportunities and skills such as computer science and coding with young people, particularly from more remote locations.
The workshops were a great way to introduce the local Emirati’s to high tech tools including electronics & sensors and programming with Python.
The camps saw particularly high levels of engagement and interest in technology from female participants.
For many, it was their first time to see a maker product such as pi-top  and they were quite captivated by it
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