Se­crets of cod­ing are un­cov­ered at Bellsmyre

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET - Carla Tal­bot

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. bellsmyred­ig­i­

Con­grat­u­la­tions Fam­i­lies join in the cel­e­bra­tions 150716DIGI­TAL_AWARDS_01

Suc­cess Mariella Harris, Cal­lum Inglis and Dun­can John­son 150716DIGI­TAL_AWARDS_02

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