While the Scotland blog has been quiet for a couple of months, the Scotland team has been a hive of activity organising and hosting four One Day Digital events across Scotland.
Four cities: Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow presented One Day Digital making events which brought together the knowledge, skills and experience of industry experts to instruct youngsters aged 13+ on a diverse range of sessions.
The concept behind these events was for young people to be able to create something digital in just one day, hopefully to whet their appetites and to help them realise how important digital skills are in underpinning our everyday lives. Held on a Saturday, these events allowed young people to come together to create and learn something new and meet new people - all for free.
On signing up to attend the event, the teens could choose which session they wanted to attend. Each session lasted all day, with a break for lunch and some time for a show and tell at the end of the day.
The sessions were devised to support a range of abilities and interests, from 3D printing, stop-frame animation, coding, digital journalism, video editing and getting to grips with a Raspberry Pi or Arduino Board.
We had a great turnout for all four events and the feedback has been fantastic.
Over a third of the participants across the four events were female, which bucks the trend of digital making being only for guys.
Our average feedback score for all four events was 9.1 out of 10 and 97% of those who attended said that they would like to attend an event like One Day Digital again.
At the end of each event we were able to provide our digital makers with an information sheet with suggestions of where to go next, including the Make Things Do Stuff website which Nesta has launched in partnership with Nominet Trust and Mozilla.
We would like to thank all the partners and supporters who have helped us in making these events such a success, particularly Think Big with O2, Dare to Be Digital, the Universities of Dundee, Abertay and Robert Gordon and the Scottish Government.