Project summary

Dubai Library Summer Camps

Project summary

School

Dubai Library Summer Camps

Location

Dubai, UAE

Year group

9 - 12 year olds

Number of students

2000

School background.

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.

Solution.

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 [3] 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.

A teacher running a coding workshop

Class activity.

For the pi-top sessions they created a variant of the Octaves and Chatbot projects found on pi-topCLASSROOM. Each pi-top session lasted for 4 hours and began with a half hour introduction to pi-top [3] and an introduction to the project brief. The young people then started hands-on building and making. Over the four weeks 2000 young people attended the library based Summer camp sessions with half of those coming from the 9-12 age group using the pi-top [3].

Results.

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 [3] and they were quite captivated by it

Faisal Karim , Director, Edutech Middle East

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