Jordanstown event helps local children learn about coding

Mr Mulholland with his sons Aoibheann and Ruairi, who both attend St James's Primary School in Whiteabbey, at the IET event at Ulster University. INNT 21-521CON
Mr Mulholland with his sons Aoibheann and Ruairi, who both attend St James's Primary School in Whiteabbey, at the IET event at Ulster University. INNT 21-521CON

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) held the third of its ‘Coding the Future’ events in Newtownabbey last weekend.

Designed to inspire and nurture the next generation of young UK coders, the event was developed with Ulster University and took place at its Jordanstown campus on Saturday, May, 21.

The drop-in event, which was attended by more than 70 people, was run in conjunction with the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign. Launched earlier this year, the initiative has given one million BBC micro:bit coding devices to the UK’s school children (Year 7 or equivalent) to encourage and nurture their interest in coding.

The Coding the Future event gave children and their parents the opportunity to explore their own BBC micro:bit in more depth – giving them the practical hints and tips they’ll need to get the best results from their device such as developing code for their own games.

IET experts were also on hand to give children and their parents the answers to any burning questions and information about the many exciting career opportunities available in the UK’s engineering and technology sectors.