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Is your child interested in tech?

They’ll be living in a world full of tech, where brilliant jobs are open to people who are tech-savvy (whatever form that may take from design to coding to whatever) and so they should take every opportunity to fulfil their tech potential.

West Suffolk College is delighted to be working with Step into Tech to provide a taster session of Young Makers Tech Club. The Club is designed to inspire children, help them explore the world of tech and develop skills – at the same time as socialising, sharing their knowledge and having fun. If you have a young person at home that wants to learn more or just be around people with the same interests then this is the place to bring them

You will be able to take part in:

• Raspberry Pi Workshop

• Virtual Reality Workshop

• Freestyle Play

• 1:1 time with a Tech mentor

Please note: Parents and carers are asked and encouraged to stay at the event with their young person in order to meet DBS check requirements. Free refreshments and a breakout space are provided. It is a great opportunity to find out more about tech opportunities, your children’s interests and how to get involved in supporting your child’s tech development with other parents.

F.A.Q.

Who are Step into Tech?

Step into Tech is a new social enterprise founded in November 2016 to make sure we are doing all we can to help all our children reach their full tech potential. Our steering group brings together parents, educators, employers and tech specialists.

We have three key aims:

• To build connections across the community to make it easier for everyone – parents, teachers, tech clubs and other support providers – to work together in supporting our children.

• To inspire our young people to see their potential and want to make the most of it; and to inspire parents and educators to support them in this.

• To identify – and where necessary develop – resources that help parents and teachers provide the right support for each individual child. This will include guidance offering inspiration and explanations for young people and their parents, best practice materials for teachers, and an online directory of tech-related workshops and other opportunities

What is a Young Makers Tech Club? What happens at the club?

The Young Makers Tech Club is a regular meet up for young people who love or are interested in all things Tech. It’s predominately aimed at children from around 8 to 18 years old.

We aim to help children and their parents explore technology together, from coding to maker and gaming activities. Sometimes we have professionals from the tech industry and teachers come along to the group to help and inspire.

There are workshops, demonstrations, freestyle play areas and the opportunity to work on projects with other club members. The key is to have fun, try things out and be with children with similar interests.

Is this a regular club or a one-off event?

The event on Saturday 3 February is a “taster” club to see if there is enough interest to set up a permanent regular club in Bury with West Suffolk College.

Where and when is the event?

The club will be at West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3RL on Saturday 3 February 2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Is the club free?

Yes, the “taster” club is free. The club is financed through sponsorship and donations at the moment.

Is there parking? Is it free?

Yes, there is free parking at the college.

What ages is it appropriate for?

The club is best suited for years 8 to 16.

Does my child need previous experience in Tech or coding?

No. The club is an opportunity to see what Tech has to offer and to find out if it is something your child would enjoy.

Do we need to bring anything?

No but if your child does have any “kit” they like to play with and has a project they would like to share or get help with then it is fine to bring it along. Please note that you will need to make sure it is kept safe.

Will there be any refreshments?

Yes, free refreshments will be provided.

Do we have to stay for the whole event?

No. You can pop in and have a look and stay for as long as you would like.

What about safeguarding?

Though all areas will be covered by a DBS checked volunteers we would ask parents to stay at the event with their child. One of the key benefits of the club is that it also provides support to parents who are looking to encourage and fully support their child’s interest in Tech. This is often not a simple thing to do if you do not work in or have experience in this area. The club can help provide information and opportunities to you and your child as well as the opportunity to share experiences with other parents.