Secrets of coding are uncovered at Bellsmyre
Three Dumbarton teenagers are on their way to becoming computer whizzes after taking part in a website coding course.
Mariella Harris,15, Callum Inglis, 15, and 16-year-old Duncan Johnson attended the course, which was launched by Bellsmyre Digital Community to encourage young people to pursue a career in science.
The Dumbarton Academy trio were joined by their parents on Friday at the digital hub in Bellsmyre, where they were presented with an award for their computer programming achievements on the course.
The course was launched in partnership with STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) at Glasgow University and the budding computer geniuses were coached through the programme by the university’s STEM ambassador Laura Weatherhead.
Alongside Laura, who works as a web designer with Screen Media, the group built a new website for the Bellsmyre Digital Community.
Bellsmyre Digital Community secretary Kathleen Smith was delighted with the success of the project.
She said: “Apparently there is an acute lack of young people going into science and we wanted to do something to address this challenge in a way that would benefit the youngsters in our local community.
“Coding is best learned with a purpose so they have been learning to code and applying what they’ve learnt to help build a website.
“They have found the week challenging but lots of fun and Laura has been a big influence as she is very bright and engages the youngsters with her enthusiasm and great teaching.
“She is a young graduate from Edinburgh University in computing sciences and artificial intelligence.
“She is hugely passionate about engaging people in STEM disciplines and it’s been great that Laura’s been able to do lots of one-to-one coaching.
“Throughout the course she has taught the youngsters the building bricks for coding on a voluntary basis.
“She is a fantastic role model and we can’t thank her enough.”
The new website is at www. bellsmyredigital.com.
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