The innovators of tomorrow are on their way! This summer, OPEN Glasgow gives hundreds of children throughout the city a taste of programming.

The free ‘Future Makers’ events will see children and youngsters from 5 to 17 get involved in a range of activities during drop-in sessions, workshops and summer camps. The younger children will play with the concepts behind computing while the older ones will try their hand at building a website or a game and experiment with wearable technology.

The materials will be published open source so that anyone can use them: as a learning tool whether you attended or not or as planning tool so others can organise similar initiatives.

‘Future Makers’ is a collaboration between OPEN Glasgow, the Glasgow Science Centre and Coderdojo Scotland. The success of the existing clubs demonstrates youngsters’ enthusiasm for learning. With OPEN Glasgow’s support, Coderdojo will be able to reach more children from diverse backgrounds, and with a wider offer.

The future makers

For OPEN Glasgow, the ‘Future Makers’ initiative is an exciting prospect. Glasgow’s diverse pool of talents makes a project like OPEN Glasgow possible. ‘Future Makers’ plants the seeds so that future projects of similar scale and innovation can take place 5, 10 or 15 years down the line, and draw on an even wider pool of expert resources.

Empowered generation

Children and young people grow up with technology informing every aspect of their lives from phones to tablets and wearable sensors. Understanding and coming to grips with these technologies is the first step towards being able to question, reflect and lead on how we may use technology in the future. By empowering young people to participate in developments might there be a chance that they also feel confident to get involved in other facets of the city?

Breaking barriers

Inviting children as young as 5 gets the conversation started within families, invites parents to discuss technology and, for the tech-savvy among them, share their knowledge.

It is also an opportunity to break down barriers: coding isn’t just for boys, people good at maths or with computers… coding is for everyone. Children with varied talents and personalities might approach technology differently, and every unique viewpoint is valuable. Whenever a new point of view is considered, there is potential for innovation.

Why so many?

By signing up to Coderdojo clubs, young people have repeatedly demonstrated their interest. Can the city meet their expectations? Engage even more children? The open source materials will allow the benefits to continue past the end of this initiative.

Roll up your sleeves!

We look forward to seeing these young people grow, develop and aim for the stars. The ‘Future Makers’ calendar will be announced over the next few weeks, join OPEN Glasgow on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.