Swindon based Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) has been awarded a £1,000 BCS Education Bursary to promote the importance of computer science as an academic discipline.
Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) aims to use the funding to deliver programming game workshops (based on Scratch) for its students aged 12 to 16 in conjunction with local app developers James and Mark Carroll of “Evil Twin Artworks.” EOTAS is a provision for pupils that are not attending mainstream school for various reasons.
Dr Bill Mitchell, Director BCS Academy of Computing, part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (also Swindon based), says: “It is with great pleasure that the Institute makes the bursary awards. We had over 200 applications for bursary funding so to be awarded one is no mean feat. We are now looking forward to following the progress of each of the successful projects and sharing their experience to inspire others.”
Jane Dent, Pupil Guidance and Work Experience Co-ordinator explains: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Education Bursary from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The young people involved will take their first steps in computer programming using the accessible Scratch software. The aim is to find those interested in programming and do not know where to start, and give them an insight and the tools to self learn once the project is over.”
Project work will be uploaded to the Scratch website which will be linked to via EOTAS’ partners’ social media networks and websites.
In total, £30,000 was awarded to 31 different educational institutions out of more than 200 which applied for funding for their computing-related projects.
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